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    Hide Matthew Griffin
    9781632863409 Paperback FICTION / LGBT On Sale Date: June 12, 2018 Print Run: 20000
    $24.00 CAD 5.89 x 9.13 x 0.84 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Bloomsbury Publishing
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      An ALA Stonewall Honor book and a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards,Hideis a tender, aching story of a hidden life in the recent history of gay love in America.

      *The hardcover was an ABA Indies Introduce Pick, an Indie Next List Selection, and an
      Amazon Best Book of the Month.*

      Wendell and Frank meet at the end of World War II, when Frank returns home to their North Carolina town. Soon he's loitering around Wendell's taxidermy shop, and the two come to understand their connection as love-a love that, in this time and place, can hold real danger. Cutting nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they make a home for themselves on the outskirts of town, a string of beloved dogs for company. Wendell cooks, Frank cares for the yard, and together they enjoy the vicarious drama of courtroom TV.

      But when Wendell finds Frank lying outside among their tomatoes at the age of eighty-three, he feels a new threat to their careful self-reliance. As Frank's physical strength and his memory deteriorate, the two of them must fully confront the sacrifices they've made for each other-and the impending loss of the life they've built.

      Raw, gently funny, and gorgeously rendered,Hide is a love story of rare power.

      Bio
      Matthew Griffinis a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers'Workshop. He was born and raised in North Carolina and currently lives with his partner in Louisiana, where he is a visiting professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This is his first novel.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews

      "Graceful . . . A portrait of a particularly repressive period in gay history." -The New York Times Book Review

      "Extraordinary . . . [A] beautifully down-to-earth love letter." -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

      "Hide can't be reduced to a social-justice tale, or one of love between gay men. It's a story about the kind of love that endures beyond youth, strength and memory. It's about the preciousness of the lives couples build together and the heartbreak of losing them." -Chapter 16.org/Knoxville News-Sentinel

      "Something like a small miracle: a bittersweet portrait of love in the shadows." - starred review,Booklist

      "Tender, restrained,Hideis the freshly imagined story of a gay male couple who decide to give up the world -- friends, family, career -- in order to live out their forbidden love in the decades before gay liberation. This is a great love story." - Edmund White, author of OUR YOUNG MAN

      "Full of joy and tenderness and awe . . . Griffin's lush prose lends an aura of a dream." -The Rumpus

      "A masterful novel. Every page aches with life." - Gail Godwin, author of FLORA

      "Brilliantly assured . . . poignant . . . beautiful . . .Hideis dark and deep—almost the proverbial assured debut. I finished it in tears, impatient to see the development of such a talented writer." -The Sunday Telegraph

      "Griffin fills his story with prickly humor and wit . . .Hideis a book that breaks your heart." -BookPage

      "Sumptuous . . . Matthew Griffin has crafted his characters through the eyes of a long-enduring love, one that encompasses joy and bitterness, hope and heartache . . . A novel robust with flavor and brimming with passion." -Shelf Awareness

      "Some love, pressurized by time, and isolation, and prejudice, turns hard, gem-like, buried in protective rock. InHide, Matthew Griffin has used his considerable talents to cut into and polish the gemstone, allowing us a glimpse at a remarkable love, a costly love, meanly sparkling and precious." - Justin Torres, author of WE THE ANIMALS

      "Emotionally wrenching . . . Simply beautiful." -Lambda Literary

      "Readers will want to hear more from Griffin." -Kirkus Reviews

      "Hide is the best debut I've read in years. Not only is it beautifully written, full of humor and heart, but it's that rare literary beast: a serious novel that's a joy to read. Matthew Griffin is an important and welcome new voice of his generation." - John McNally, author of AFTER THE WORKSHOP

      "Griffin creates a fascinating and raw journey for Frank and Wendell, championing the love between two people, regardless of the lack of support from the outside world. Deeply touching and thought provoking." -The Scotland Herald

      "A searing portrait of love and alienation in old age." -Next Magazine

      "Tough but compassionate and beautifully observed, Matthew Griffin's debut novel is a moving story about the persistence of love." - Maggie Shipstead, author of ASTONISH ME

      "Forceful . . . A compassionate portrait of a lifelong love that will linger with readers." -Publishers Weekly

      "This is the rare thing: an important, funny, beautifully observed novel about love. A great debut." - Stuart Nadler, author of WISE MEN

      "[Hide] vividly renders both the challenges that confronted the closeted men and women of the past and the tragic realities facing those same people, the elderly and infirm of today. It’s a powerful and affecting debut." -Edge Media Network

      "ReadingHide, I kept saying to myself, 'At last!': a novel that follows the trajectory of a marriage (in fact if not in name) between two men over the course of decades, and does so with grit, humor, and compassion.Hide is a welcome and important work." - David Leavitt, author of THE TWO HOTEL FRANCFORTS

      "Poignant . . . remarkable . . . Deeply touching and thought provoking." -The Irish Examiner

      "Both beautiful and painful,Hide is a wonderful first novel. Full of humor and tragedy, the book reveals the sacrifices that people are often willing to make to keep their love, even if they must hide it from the world." -Gay and Lesbian Review

      "Stunning . . . What a bookHideis. Each chapter holds a thousand tiny truths, not just what it is to be in a relationship, or to be gay, but what it is to simply negotiate life. Masterfully written, it manages to be subtle and heartfelt, but also wrought and visceral. Undoubtedly one of the novels of the year, this is a book that demands to be endlessly read, gifted, and read again. Spread the word." -Gay Community News

      "Extraordinary . . . A tender and beautiful love story . . .Hideis like finding a faded vintage photograph of two men in love and then unearthing the story of how they came to find each other, and at what cost." -Boyz Magazine

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    If I Was Your Girl Meredith Russo
    9781250078414 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date: June 26, 2018 Print Run: 65000
    $14.50 CAD 5.42 x 8.27 x 0.89 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Flatiron Books
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      The award-winning, big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can't help but root for

      Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

      But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it.

      Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It's that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

      Meredith Russo’sIf I Was Your Girl has been named:

      Stonewall Book Award Winner
      Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Outstanding Children's Literature
      iBooks YA Novel of the Year
      APublishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
      AKirkus ReviewsBest Book of the Year
      An Amazon Best Book of the Year
      A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
      A Zoella Book Club Selection
      A Barnes & Noble Best YA Book of the Year
      A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
      An ABA IndieNext Top 10 Pick
      One of Flavorwire’s 50 Books Every Modern Teenager Should Read

      Bio
      MEREDITH RUSSO was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back.If I Was Your Girlwas partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games andStar Wars.
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        "VIP YALSA Librarian mailing B&T ARC Program selection (400 librarians & school systems) Indiebound Whitebox mailing (750 ABA members) Goodreads ARC giveaway Netgalley availability and promotion Advertising on LGBT print and digital outlets Edelweiss banner advertisement Designed landing page with featured ""Sneak Peek"" before publication Reading Group Guide for download and featured on readinggroupgold.com Amazon Vine ARC giveaway Shelf Awareness advertising Extensive galley distribution and presence at teacher & librarian preview events (ALA, NCTE, TLA) Macmillan Teen and YA newsletter promotion PW Children's Bookshelf advertising Targeted Facebook advertising, pre-pub and post-pub (fans of George, Rainbow Rowell, TFIOS) Advertising in trade journals alongside reviews (SLJ, ALA Boolist, PW, The Horn Book, VOYA, Kirkus, BCCB) Announcement e-card to sales reps and booksellers Cross-promotion with Alloy Entertainment's social media networks Designed e-signature for usage pre-pub and on pub BEA giveaway- finished books, paired with AMERICAN GIRLS Major feature and review attention National NPR outreach Select author appearances Extensive blogger outreach Pitching for major library shows and Winter Institute"
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      ALA Stonewall Book Award - Winner 2016, Winner
      Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      Reviews

      Stonewall Book Award Winner
      Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for Outstanding Children's Literature
      APublishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
      AKirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
      A Zoella Book Club Selection
      A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
      A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
      IndieNext Top 10 List
      One of Flavorwire's 50 Books Every Modern Teenager Should Read

      "This new novel for teensbreaks new ground...powerful." —OMagazine

      "A beautifully rendered YA novel . . . the first written by a transgender woman about the transgender teen experience." —San Francisco Chronicle

      "Avivid, compassionate portrait of a teen finding her place." —The Washington Post

      "An illuminating debutguided by hope and overwhelming kindness.”Publishers Weekly,starred review

      A necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices…full of love, hope, and truth.” —Kirkus,starred review

      "This is everything a coming-of-age novel should be—honest, complicated, and meaningful.Transcends the typical 'issue' novel to be a beautiful tale in its own right." —School Library Journal, SLJ Popular Pick

      "Amanda's story is neither overly sentimental nor didactic.A thoughtful, truthful, and much needed coming-of-age tale." —Horn Book Review

      "Russo, a trans woman, writes with authority and empathy, giving readers not only an intellectual but also an emotional understanding of Amanda and her compelling story.Never didactic, this debut is a valuable contribution to the slender but growing body of literature of trans teens." —ALABooklist

      “Beautiful, smart, and so urgently needed,If I Was Your Girl should be required reading for every teen—scratch that, every person—in America.This book is exactly what YA is for: to break ground, to break hearts, to teach us empathy, to find the universal in the specific.I loved every word. You will too.”Julie Buxbaum, author ofTell Me Three Things

      "Poignant and rare.If I Was Your Girl isthe type of book you read and want to immediately share, because it's too important to keep to yourself." —Julie Murphy, author ofDumplin'

      "If I Was Your Girlis important and necessary and brave, and deeply, electrically inspiring.Read this wonderful book. Just read it." —Jennifer Niven, author ofAll the Bright Places

      If I Was Your Girl will change minds and open hearts.” —Nina Lacour, author ofWe Are Okay

      "If I Was Your Girl isreal and raw and layered and wonderful." —Alex Gino, author ofGeorge

      "If there's any justice in the world, we're all witnessing a YA powerhouse in the making." —Forever YA

      "Pure magic."Book Riot

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    The Love Interest Cale Dietrich
    9781250158642 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date: April 10, 2018 Print Run: 35000
    $14.50 CAD 5.54 x 8.29 x 1.29 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Square Fish
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      A thrilling YA debut about teen spies disguised as "love interests"—whoever gets the girl lives; but the one she rejects, dies.

      There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

      Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection.
      Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome.

      The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

      Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

      What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

      From debut author Cale Dietrich comes a fast-paced adventure that is full of both action and romance and subverts common tropes.

      Praise forThe Love Interest:

      "This sci-fi young adult novel is the answer to all of our cliché love triangle woes. . . .If you’re looking for something funny, action-packed, and romantic this summer, then this is your next read." —PBS Newshour

      "There’s a Hunger Games vibe here to be sure—a deadly teen-on-teen competition—and this is packed with similar questions of morality.High stakes, well-developed characters, and an LGBTQ slant on the classic spy story make it all the more intriguing. Stock up—this one has something for everyone." —Booklist,starred review

      "In this subversive take on the quintessential YA love triangle, two guys—the clean-cut boy next door and the brooding bad boy—compete for a girl’s affections. . . .Dietrich’s debut is impressive, provocative, and a clever take on well-worn romantic tropes. . . . while thethriller elements add tension and numerous surprises." —Publishers Weekly

      "Caden is a spy. . . . His competition is Dylan, a dark-souled Bad who’s the dreamiest boy Caden’s ever seen. . . .Caden doesn’t intend to lose—but no one prepared him for the way Dyl makes him feel. . . . fans of spy fiction and LGBTQ titles will find the novel worth reading." —School Library Journal

      Bio
      Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia.The Love Interest is his first novel.
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      Awards
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      Praise forThe Love Interest:

      "This sci-fi young adult novel is the answer to all of our cliché love triangle woes. . . .If you’re looking for something funny, action-packed, and romantic this summer, then this is your next read." —PBS Newshour

      "There’s a Hunger Games vibe here to be sure—a deadly teen-on-teen competition—and this is packed with similar questions of morality.High stakes, well-developed characters, and an LGBTQ slant on the classic spy story make it all the more intriguing. Stock up—this one has something for everyone." —Booklist,starred review

      "In this subversive take on the quintessential YA love triangle, two guys—the clean-cut boy next door and the brooding bad boy—compete for a girl’s affections. . . .Dietrich’s debut is impressive, provocative, and a clever take on well-worn romantic tropes. . . . while thethriller elements add tension and numerous surprises." —Publishers Weekly

      "Caden is a spy. . . . His competition is Dylan, a dark-souled Bad who’s the dreamiest boy Caden’s ever seen. . . .Caden doesn’t intend to lose—but no one prepared him for the way Dyl makes him feel. . . . fans of spy fiction and LGBTQ titles will find the novel worth reading." —School Library Journal

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    50 Queer Music Icons Who Changed the World A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Legends Will Larnach-Jones, Michele Rosenthal
    9781784881504 Hardcover HISTORY / Women On Sale Date: May 15, 2018 Print Run: 3000
    $21.99 CAD 5.63 x 7.63 x 0.75 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Hardie Grant
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      Featuring beautifully illustrated portraits and profiles,50 Queer Musicians Who Changed the World is a tribute to queer ground breakers who changed the face of music and popular culture.

      LGBTQ musicians have been pushing for change since the 1920s, with singers such as Bessie Smith crooning about same-sex liaisons almost 100 years ago – long before Frankie Goes to Hollywood were telling everyone to 'Relax'. This book is a celebration of artists who became icons, and broke new ground through song. From legendary figures such as Freddie Mercury, Little Richard, and George Michael, to bands like Bronski Beat, The Scissor Sisters, The XX, and The Petshop Boys, and more contemporary figures including Frank Ocean, Beth Ditto, and Rufus Wainright, these are the people who made an unforgettable impact. Elegantly illustrated and packaged, these stories make utterly inspirational reading.
      Bio
      Will Larnach-Jones has worked in music for 20 years - wearing many hats throughout that time - Â manager, publicist, agent, A&R, music programmer, marketing 'guru' and erstwhile (rubbish) DJ.

      Along the way he's worked with many bands from every corner of the world. Graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, he's written hundreds of band bios, press releases and grant applications.

      He writes music, fashion and culture pieces for the likes of Nataal.com and writing work for clients such as Toni & Guy, 3INA Make-Up and Sony Music.
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    Girl Made of Stars Ashley Herring Blake
    9781328778239 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family Age (years) from 14 - 99 On Sale Date: May 15, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $25.99 CAD 6.43 x 8.54 x 1.06 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y HMH Books for Young Readers
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      For readers ofGirl in Pieces andThe Way I Used to Be comes an emotionally gripping story about facing hard truths in the aftermath of sexual assault.

      Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.
      Bio
      Ashley Herring Blake used to write songs and now she writes books, includingSuffer Loveand How to Make a Wish. She reads them a lot too and has been known to stare wistfully at her bookshelves. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two sons. Visit Ashley atashleyherringblake.com and on Twitter at @ashleyhblake.
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      Awards
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      “A stunningly good, important book.”— Becky Albertalli, author ofSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,now a major motion picture

      "Unforgettable in its candor...Blake’s timely and gripping contribution is a nuanced he-said, she-said story with a fierce feminist bent."--Booklist, â??STARRED review

      "A compassionate and engaging novel about what it means to tell your truth, no matter how painful it might be. A must-read for all YA shelves."--School Library Journal, STARRED review

      "Mara’s bisexuality and Charlie’s closeted nonbinary gender are examples not only of well-crafted representation but of vital nuance as Mara navigates the present while coming to terms with her past. Blake strives admirably and with resounding success for emotional authenticity while shedding light on issues of consent, trauma, relationships, and identity."--Horn Book Magazine

      "A powerful, nuanced, and necessary read."--Kirkus
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    White Rabbit Caleb Roehrig
    9781250085658 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Age (years) from 12 - 18 On Sale Date: April 24, 2018 Print Run: 75000
    $23.50 CAD 5.83 x 8.58 x 1.17 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Feiwel & Friends
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      Caleb Roehrig, author ofLast Seen Leaving, delivers another spellbinding YA murder mystery inWhite Rabbit.

      Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn’t get worse, right?

      Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

      April swears she didn’t kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him thewhole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister’s name . . . or die trying.

      Bio
      Caleb Roehrig's debut YA thriller,Last Seen Leaving, was called one of the Best YA Novels of 2016 by Buzzfeed.com. Caleb lives with his husband in Los Angeles.
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        "A Fierce Reads Title-Visit Fiercereads.com to Learn More Pre-Publication Buzz Marketing Campaign Robust Author Appearance Schedule San Diego Comic-Con/New York Comic-Con Promotions National Media Campaign Pre-Publication Trade & Major National Consumer Advertising Campaign Early Promotions on Goodreads & Netgalley Extensive Digital Marketing & Social Media Campaign Dedicated Landing Page Extensive YA Blogger Outreach Major School & Library Marketing Campaign"
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      Awards
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      Praise forWhite Rabbit:

      "Twisty plotting, suspenseful pacing, and vivid characters add up to a heart-pounding page turner that you'll stay up way too late to finish."-- Karen M. McManus,New York Times-bestselling author ofOne of Us Is Lying.

      "An emerging talent, Caleb Roehrig gives us another exciting, addictive YA thriller with his second novel,White Rabbit. Roehrig kept me guessing until the very end. I can’t wait to see what he does next!"--Kristin Cast, #1New York Times-bestselling co-author of The House of Night series

      "Cinematic, nail-biting, and so much freaking fun -- destined to be a gay YA classic." -- Cale Dietrich, author ofThe Love Interest

      "The perfect mystery to dive into."--Teen Vogue

      "In thisthrilling sophomore outing from Roehrig (Last Seen Leaving), 16-year-old Rufus Holt sets out with his ex, Sebastian, after getting a phone call from his half-sister April, who is at a party, begging for help. ... Roehrig’s ... characters and family dynamics areheartbreakingly real. He nails the angst of spending time with an ex that you can’t help but love, as well as the heartache and confusion of coming out."--Publishers Weekly

      "Roehrig masterfully employs aspects of the mystery and thriller genres to create a gripping drama that also encompasses the realities of being a teen, including strained family dynamics and the courage required to come out.Readers will find this novel difficult, if not impossible, to put down."--VOYA,starred review

      "Roehrig deftly weaves together thrills, intrigue, and fast-paced action in this delectable murder mystery.The novel is unapologetically queer, allowing Rufus and Sebastian to explore their complicated relationship, even against the backdrop of the intensely emotional and melodramatic family dynamics .... Roehrig’s narrative is deliciously sensational on the surface but sensitive and heartfelt at its core. —Booklist magazine

      "This excellent mystery has strong and believable characters. ...Brief flashbacks of Rufus and Sebastian’s story help give context to and propel current action that unfolds in a well-timed manner. Their relationship is the core of this tale, and it’s portrayed intelligently and realistically with appropriate depth and compassion"--School Library Journal

      "Readers up for a sexy, gory, swoony, suspenseful murder mystery/romance mashup will enjoy this."--The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, recommended title

      Praise for Caleb Roehrig

      "A compelling mystery and characters with fully developed strengths and flaws make Roehrig's novel an important addition in the world of queer young adult fiction." —Publishers Weekly,starred reviewonLast Seen Leaving

      "Debut novelist Roehrig peoples his sensationalistic, twisty mystery with credible characters,especially narrator Flynn, whose struggles with coming out will resonate with young gay teens in more mundane circumstances. . . . Readers won't be able to put it down." —Kirkus Reviews,starred reviewonLast Seen Leaving

      "Thistruly hair-raising, stand-out mystery thrillerfrom debut author Roehrig will keep readers guessing, even until the end." —Booklist,starred reviewonLast Seen Leaving

      "Flynn’s internal struggle to open up about his sexuality carries weight, and readers will be drawn into his emotional journey and his adventures in amateur sleuthing. . . .A fun mystery with a credible emotional pull." —School Library JournalonLast Seen Leaving

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    Last Seen Leaving Caleb Roehrig
    9781250129673 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date: April 24, 2018 Print Run: 35000
    $12.99 CAD 5.46 x 8.31 x 0.98 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Square Fish
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      Description

      In this young adult debut, a teen must try to uncover his missing girlfriend's secrets without revealing his own.

      Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

      But Flynn is harboring a secret of his own. As he struggles to find out what happened to January, he must also come to terms with his own truth.

      Caleb Roehrig's debut is a complex and winding tale of tragedy, discovery, and self-acceptance.

      Praise forLast Seen Leaving:

      A Buzzfeed Best YA Novel of 2016
      Best YA Novel of 2016 - Paste Magazine
      A Kirkus Best of 2016 Book - Teen

      "Flynn Doherty's competing desires to uncover the secrets behind his ex-girlfriend's disappearance and keep his own secrets hidden propel debut author Roehrig's powerful thriller. . . . A compelling mystery and characters with fully developed strengths and flaws make Roehrig's novel an important addition in the world of queer young adult fiction." —Publishers Weekly,starred review

      "Debut novelist Roehrig peoples his sensationalistic, twisty mystery with credible characters, especially narrator Flynn, whose struggles with coming out will resonate with young gay teens in more mundane circumstances. Witty, realistically foulmouthed dialogue and the suspenseful, well-laid mystery will keep pages turning . . . Readers won't be able to put it down." —Kirkus Reviews,starred review

      "This truly hair-raising, stand-out mystery thriller from debut author Roehrig will keep readers guessing, even until the end." —Booklist,starred review

      "The characters are believable, the mystery is interesting, and the action is often fast-paced. Flynn’s internal struggle to open up about his sexuality carries weight, and readers will be drawn into his emotional journey and his adventures in amateur sleuthing . . . A fun mystery with a credible emotional pull." —School Library Journal

      Bio
      Caleb Roehrig is an author and television producer originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. A former actor, Roehrig has experience on both sides of the camera, with a résumé that includes appearances on film and TV as well as seven years in the stranger-than-fiction salt mines of reality television.Last Seen Leaving is his first novel.
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        "A Fierce Reads Title - Visit FierceReads.com to Learn More A ReaLITy Title - Visit realityreads.com to Learn More Fierce Reads National Author Tour Prepublication Buzz Marketing Campaign Select Author Appearances BEA Appearances Book Festival/Regional Trade Show Appearances National Consumer Advertising Campaign Extensive Digital Marketing & Social Media Campaign Email Marketing Campaign YA Blog Tour School & Library Marketing Campaign"
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      Reviews

      Praise forLast Seen Leaving:

      A Buzzfeed Best YA Novel of 2016
      Best YA Novel of 2016 - Paste Magazine
      A Kirkus Best of 2016 Book - Teen

      "Flynn Doherty's competing desires to uncover the secrets behind his ex-girlfriend's disappearance and keep his own secrets hidden propel debut author Roehrig's powerful thriller. . . . A compelling mystery and characters with fully developed strengths and flaws make Roehrig's novel an important addition in the world of queer young adult fiction." —Publishers Weekly,starred review

      "Debut novelist Roehrig peoples his sensationalistic, twisty mystery with credible characters, especially narrator Flynn, whose struggles with coming out will resonate with young gay teens in more mundane circumstances. Witty, realistically foulmouthed dialogue and the suspenseful, well-laid mystery will keep pages turning . . . Readers won't be able to put it down." —Kirkus Reviews,starred review

      "This truly hair-raising, stand-out mystery thriller from debut author Roehrig will keep readers guessing, even until the end." —Booklist,starred review

      "The characters are believable, the mystery is interesting, and the action is often fast-paced. Flynn’s internal struggle to open up about his sexuality carries weight, and readers will be drawn into his emotional journey and his adventures in amateur sleuthing . . . A fun mystery with a credible emotional pull." —School Library Journal

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    9781328764522 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays On Sale Date: April 17, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $22.99 CAD 5.31 x 8 x 0.76 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Mariner Books
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      Named a Best Book by:TIME, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, NPR,Wired, Esquire, Buzzfeed, New York Public Library,Boston Globe, The Paris Review, Mother Jones,The A.V. Club, Out Magazine, Book Riot,Electric Literature, PopSugar,The Rumpus,My Republica,Paste,Bitch, Library Journal, Flavorwire,Bustle,Christian Science Monitor, Shelf Awareness,Tor.com,Entertainment Cheat Sheet,Roads and Kingdoms, Chicago Public Library,Hyphen Magazine,Entropy Magazine,The Chicago Review of Books, The Coil, iBooks, andWashington Independent Review of Books

      Winner of the Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction * Recipient of the Lambda Literary Trustees' Award
      Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay * Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir/Biography

      From the author ofThe Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art.


      As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, “incendiary” by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by theWashington Post. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well.

      How to Write an Autobiographical Novelis the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death,the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel,Edinburgh, and the election of Donald Trump.

      By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.
      Bio

      ALEXANDER CHEE is a novelist and essayist and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at The Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at The Los Angeles Times.

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      Awards
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      Praise forHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel:
      Named a Best Book by:
      TIME, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, NPR,Wired, Esquire, Buzzfeed, New York Public Library,Boston Globe, The Paris Review, Mother Jones,The A.V. Club, Out Magazine, Book Riot
      ,Electric Literature,PopSugar,The Rumpus,My Republica,Paste,Bitch,Library Journal,Flavorwire,Bustle,Christian Science Monitor,Shelf Awareness,Tor.com,Entertainment Cheat Sheet,Roads and Kingdoms, Chicago Public Library,Hyphen Magazine,Entropy Magazine,The Chicago Review of Books, The Coil, iBooks, andWashington Independent Review of Books

      Winner of the Publishing Triangle's Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
      Recipient of the Lambda Literary Trustees' Award
      Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
      Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir/Biography
      Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Nonfiction
      One of Min Jin Lee's Summer Reads in theWashington Post

      One of Curtis Sittenfeld's Summer Reads in theGuardian
      APublishers WeeklyTop Ten Book of 2018

      "Alexander Chee is one of the best living writers of today. If he’s not already a household name, he needs to be…powerful, powerful essays with powerful, powerful words…"
      —Buzzfeed's Isaac Fitzgerald, on NBC's TODAY

      "If writing, too, is a form of drag for Chee, it is also an act of mystic invocation and transference...Chee leavens his heaviest topics—the decimation of the gay community in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the repressed memory of sexual abuse that inspiredEdinburgh—with charming episodes like his stint as a waiter at William and Pat Buckley’s Park Avenue maisonette, a job that prompted a crisis of conscience given Buckley’s infamous proposal to brand AIDS patients on their wrists and buttocks...Even at his most mystical, Chee is generous; these pieces are personal, never pedagogical. They bespeak an unguarded sincerity and curiosity. Chee is refreshingly open about his sometimes liberating, sometimes claustrophobic sense of exceptionality...He reminds us that whomever a writer pictures as his audience, he is also writing into absence, standing in testimony for the sake of the dead. Like most of the essays here, 'After Peter' pulses with urgency, one piece from a life in restless motion. It is not necessary to agree thatHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel is itself a kind of novel in order to appreciate that Chee has written a moving and personal tribute to impermanence, a wise and transgressive meditation on a life lived both because of and in spite of America, a place where, he writes, you are allowed to speak the truth as long as nothing changes.'"
      New York Times Book Review

      "Two-thirds of the way through Alexander Chee'sHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel, I abandoned my sharpened reviewer's pencil in favor of luxuriating in the words. Chee's writing has a mesmerizing quality; his sentences are rife with profound truths without lapsing into the didactic...Chee is a very special artist; his writing is lyrical and accessible, whimsical and sad, often all at the same time. No doubt he is an inspiring writing teacher as well. His views on writing reflect his own, thoughtfully examined life."
      NPR

      "As Chee’s gaze turns inward, he beckons readers to experience his private moments with such clarity and honesty that we’re immediately brought into his consciousness. At the same time, he asks us to contemplate the largest questions about identity, sexuality, family, art and war...[A] trailblazing collection...By the end of this moving collection, we learn through Chee’s experiences that to be a writer is to continuously reconsider the self, to find what drives youeven in moments of despair."
      Washington Post

      "Alexander Chee’s marvel of a collection opens with the sting of clarity...The 16 essays that knit together his profound and resonant collection are a nimble study in radical self-invention...The revelations that follow crackle with the same glowing, essential truths."
      Wired

      "Chee’s insights about writing, love and activism are hard-won, honest and incredibly wise."
      Curtis Sittenfeld,Guardian

      "The latest brilliant fiction writer to publish a new essay collection this year...Alexander Chee proves why he’s a master of the form. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel meditates on how art shapes who we are, unpacking its author’s own coming-of-age as a gay Korean man to craft persuasive, engrossing arguments."
      Entertainment Weekly

      "As profound as they are beautiful, Chee's essays impart wisdom from a life fully lived, and speak to what it means to be a writer and reader in contemporary times."
      Buzzfeed

      “Alexander Chee publishedEdinburgh, a singularly beautiful and psychologically harrowing first book that still stands as one of the best American novels of this century. Now, he’s publishedHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel, a first book of essays that is just as good, and almost as singular, as his novelistic debut…How good isHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel? It’s so good that I could fill my word count just with quotations…one of its beauties is how simultaneously shaped and flexible it is, both thematically coherent and varied in subject matter…Chee’s particular style of mind and habits of moral engagement hold the collection together; every essay, no matter the subject, exhibits warmth, rigor, tact…The mask conceals and it reveals; writing transfigures and it uncovers. That’s the gift that writing has given Chee, and it’s the gift that his wonderful new collection gives its readers.”
      The Boston Globe

      "A searing examination of the costs of writing...achingly vulnerable."
      Vox

      "A deeply probing exploration of being a writer, an activist, gay, and half-Korean all at once. Hewing to his own advice as a teacher, he places no limits on the questions he asks of himself and of the reader, which feel at once overwhelmingly intimate but strikingly universal...How to Write an Autobiographical Novelis filled with the uncertainty that comes with feeling your sense of self forming. It is, at once, a memoir and a survival guide for being your most authentic self."
      Mother Jones

      "A knowing and luminous self-portrait."
      O, the Oprah Magazine

      "Chee’s essays convey the effect of new forms being invented before your eyes. His book is a fragmented portrait of the young artist donning and shedding various masks. Chee makes use of conventional vehicles — the memoir, the list, the litany of didactic aphorisms — to arrive at moral and aesthetic discoveries that you sense he didn’t see coming himself."
      Vulture,Top Ten Books of the Year

      "Part memoir, part writing how-to, Alexander Chee’s essay collection,How To Write An Autobiographical Novel, proves that the two-time novelist ranks not only as one of our most important writers but also among our greatest souls...These essays offer much more than an inspirational template to becoming an artist, but propose a blueprint for living a beautiful life."
      The A.V. Club

      "Alexander Chee has been a beloved writing teacher and generous supporter of fellow authors for quite a while. His first collection of nonfiction is a lovely reminder that there is indeed an art to the personal essay, and he is a master artist."
      Maris Kreizman,Esquire

      "In place of the imperative structure characteristic of so many craft books that cheerfully promise a way forward, that evince a comfortable universe of coherent rules and achievable outcomes, Chee offers instead the roundabout and the recursive, the indirect and stubbornly nonlinear. His essays are an invitation not to review the rules of writing, but to trace a unique pathway into knowledge and being in and through writing...Chee is an adroit observer...There’s a sumptuousness in Chee’s writing, a confident acumen that forgoes high drama in favor of amicable ease."
      Holly Willis,Los Angeles Review of Books

      "I’ve been savoring Alexander Chee’s most recent book,How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. This collection of essays is gorgeous—and at times heartbreaking...I’m reading it as slowly as possible because I don’t want it to end."
      Outside Magazine

      "Unique and powerful, insistently itself."
      —R.O. Kwon,Electric Literature

      "Chee proves masterful when he turns to descriptions of real life...Rarely does a book of essays come along so affecting, so brave and bluntly honest, and so raw and poetic. I quit underlining my favorite aphoristic lines by the time I reached that third essay: it was useless to try to pick individual diamonds from a whole pile of them."
      Interview Magazine

      "When you dive into Alexander Chee’s collection of essays, expect to frequently pause and soak up his gorgeous writing. To read Chee is to find yourself submerged in whatever topic—9/11, Tarot reading, his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, rose gardening—he’s discussing until you’re living in between the pages. Chee succeeds in weaving an intimacy born of honesty, bluntly writing about, well, the writing process and the stories we tell ourselves. Weknew he was a talented novelist (check outEdinburgh andThe Queen of the Night), but withHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Chee cements himself as a master essayist as well."
      Paste Magazine

      "There is not a book out this year, or for many years in recent memory, that did what Alexander Chee did...With absolutely gorgeous prose, Chee strikes the perfect balance of teaching you a lesson and equipping you with wisdom, without pandering or sensationalizing. This man is the mentor you never had, and continues to be one of the best writers in the game."
      Out Magazine

      "If you’re the kind of writer who will never get an MFA but wants to know more about how writers are trained and how they think, there’s so much to consider and it’s provided in the kind of prose that will thrill you and make you deeply jealous."
      Book Riot

      "I love [Chee's] novels, but he is also wicked smart, and has many insightful, thoughtful things to say about the world."
      Liberty Hardy, Book Riot

      "In his first collection of nonfiction essays, novelist Alexander Chee immortalizes himself through his art and literature...Enlightening, revealing the true impact of the arts."
      Bitch

      "Engrossing, smart, insightful, intimate, moving, responsibly adventurous, somewhat meditative, even occasionallyluscious."
      The Stranger

      "A master class in memoir, writing, and life."
      Shondaland

      "The central essay “The Autobiography of My Novel” is almost a pure lesson in craft, and a deliciously generous one...offer[s] the reader the unique gift of being both affirming of the writing life, no matter how winding or torturous or incomprehensible it might be, and affirming of the simple fact that we are alive in the world at all."
      Literary Hub

      "Chee has lived a disarmingly full life. His essays veer between straight memoir and craft and writing-life rumination, a perfect mix. I’ve been browsing through each installment one by one, out of order, for months now —approaching the pieces about novel-writing with a mix of rabid hunger for wisdom and fear that they will reveal my own shortcomings as a writer. I shouldn’t be scared: Chee’s thoughtful, self-aware candor pervades each piece, all of which arethreaded together by a deep, but never grandiose, faith in storytelling."
      Flavorwire

      "Bears all the hallmarks of the writer's intelligence, curiosity and precision with language...entertaining and illuminating...Alexander Chee demonstrates how to transform life into art in this sharp and thoughtful collection of essays."
      Shelf Awareness

      "Poetic and utterly moving, this stunning book attempts to get at the heart of how we not only create but defend out identities, to ourselves and to the world".
      Bustle

      "Compelling...Gorgeous, dense, provocative...Chee delivers 16 essays of varying weights and lengths, mostly in the first person and largely in chronological order. The effect is both profound and incremental, of stories that stand alone and work together to unveil a life...Chee’s variegated memoir alternates between coming-of-age stories and self-scrutiny, a writer’s lessons and appraisal of his own work, each mapping parts of a larger identity. The book is operatic in its range, reflecting the author’s life as an outsider not only to the culture, but at times, to his family and himself. The resulting narrative makes for some powerful, lyrical prose."
      Portland Press Herald

      "Alexander Chee is a writer whose work you should know, and you’re lucky because his new book is the perfect introduction...Simply gorgeous...There are few writers whose collections of nonfiction can induce the kind of collective awe and excitement that Chee seems to cause...Chee isn’t just brilliant, he’s an original...To a generation of queer writers, Chee is a beacon, measuring stick, and fairy godmother. It would be simplistic to say that Chee’s work provided me with a working model of how one could go about life as a queer artist of color, but it would also be the truth, or part of the truth...In his excellent first essay collection seems to have all the answers I’ve been craving."
      Brandon Taylor,them.

      "Pretty much universally beloved...Crammed with wit and elegance and feeling and hard, practical lessons for being a better, smarter, more conscientious—and straight up more conscious—writer."
      Roads and Kingdoms

      "Don't be misled by its title:How to Write an Autobiographical Novelby Alexander Chee will teach you anything but. That being said, reading the work of a master like Chee cannot help but force you to improve your own writing, if that's your thing. He won't tell you how to write, but gosh darn it he will certainly show you. Whether he's describing the sound of mangoes (or bullets) hitting windshields outside while he tried to sleep during his summer spent living in Mexico as a teenage boy, or reminiscing about working for some of the wealthiest people in America in his late twenties, Chee keeps the reader engaged in his essays as if they were works of elaborate and suspenseful fiction. But these aren't simply stories of a man's life. These essays offer wisdom, hope, and beauty in the most unexpected places. They are tiny works of art short enough to devour in one sitting yet long enough to savor over a three day weekend. There are countless lines in here that are just begging to be underlined, circled, or highlighted. Indulge yourself. Good books are meant to be ravaged. If you're new to essay collections, I suggest you start here. Chee knows how to teach all of us things without ever seeming like he isn't one of us. His voice is present in each piece in this delicate collection in a different and special way. These stand alone beautifully and need no context to be appreciated, but read together as a whole they are an intricately braided tapestry of stories, concepts, and ideas, the depth of which cannot be ignored."
      Book Soup, (Book) Soup of the Month

      "Readers will delight in this memoir-in-essays...In these pieces, he evolves from a plucky 15-year-old beguiling the locals of Mexico into believing he’s one of them after his swift acquisition of Spanish, to one of America’s premiere literary voices fighting against politics that threaten his deepest convictions...This manifesto’s universal truths will speak to readers from all walks of life."
      Brooklyn Eagle

      "As a reader, I've been moving through this collection of essays about life and writing with uncharacteristic slowness, relishing every private moment Chee that invites us into. As a teacher of writing, I've been giving copies of this collection to my students and loving the thoughtful conversations that result about writing, memory, and growing into oneself."
      —Jung Yun,Hyphen Magazine

      "I could read [Alex's] sentences about almost anything."
      Stephanie Danler,Subway Book Review

      "Alex Chee explores the realm of the real with extraordinarily beautiful essays. Being real here is an ambition, a haunting, an impossibility, and an illusion. What passes for real, his essays suggest, becomes real, just as life becomes art and art, pursued this fully, becomes a life."
      Eula Biss, author ofNotes from No Man’s LandandOn Immunity

      "These essays feel like a life's wisdom—its hurts, joys and redemptions—salvaged from a great fire. After reading these myriad-minded and compassion-filled essays from Alexander Chee, I feel in possession of a map of secrets and second chances; I feel I am holding an inheritance whose gifts have only been partially revealed to me, inexhuastible as they are. But these essays are more than maps; for me, as a younger writer, they are the very ground. They are the earth made solid enough so that I might stand here, made rich enough so that I might plant here, and, like Chee's devastating rose garden in "Rosary," thrive here. This book makes me feel possible."
      Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds

      "I'm astonished by the wisdom of these essays, and how beautiful they are. A riveting account of activism and artistry, as well as a profound exploration of the intersections of identities and experiences that build up this novelist's composite eye. Alexander Chee is brilliant and brave in equal measure, and has written an essential book about how to survive as an artist in America today."
      Garth Greenwell, author ofWhat Belongs to You

      "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is a rare hybrid of a book: an act of poetry, a gift of entertainment, and a primer for life. Alexander Chee is one of our most important writers and we should listen to every damn thing he has to say."
      Jami Attenberg, author ofThe Middlesteins andAll Grown Up

      “Alexander Chee asks one of the great coming of age questions here:Isn’t beauty strong? His welter of answers yields a really moving (and sometimes devastating) writing memoir of being young, of beingsomeone and not entirely knowing it yet—all the while being so poetically receptive to the fragrant and devastating strains of beauty and beauty’s harsh wisdom that wind up moving and shaping a life. It's a strangely romanticand practical book. It holds a skull lightly.”
      Eileen Myles, author ofChelsea Girls andAfterglow: A Dog Memoir

      "Alexander Chee is the very best kind of essayist, a boon companion in good times and bad, whose confiding voice you’d follow anywhere, just for the wonderful feeling of being understood like never before.”
      Charles D’Ambrosio, author ofLoitering

      "The language is beautiful, the subject matter variegated and the insight profound... This is how you write an autobiographical novel."
      —The Dartmouth

      "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is a formative collection, sure to cement Chee as not only a preeminent novelist but a powerful essayist as well. In his work, Chee makes the writing life look both envious and easy. For anyone who’s ever tried it, that’s no small task."
      Brooklyn Rail

      "Chee’s advice for the writer spans the pragmatic and the lyrical...I might have been a better fiction writer had I read Chee’s essays. I might have gained a more sophisticated understanding of how writing fiction emerges from the self yet, of necessity–and if it is to interest anyone beside yourself–take you outside yourself as well."
      Lambda Literary

      "A heavy subject matter to be sure, but Chee’s ability to get to the heart of the story and present it in an imminently accessible, humanistic manner helps cut through the labels to present a group of people struggling to exist in a country that perhaps ironically touts itself as the home of the free and the land of the brave...Chee’s prose is so vivid and yet utilitarian...you feel as though you are right there in whatever moment it is he is describing...His ability to draw the reader into a scene is like few others...At once both literary and accessibly conversational...Chee’s is a rare voice in terms of experience and the ability to clearly convey his worldview, one increasingly relevant now...Very much of the moment...WithHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee shows himself to be a profoundly important voice in these confoundingly divisive times."
      Spectrum Culture

      "An absolute gift of a book for writers everywhere. Every single essay is a pearl."
      Chicago Review of Books

      "Despite its many subjects,How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is above all a book on writing. As I read, I underlined, highlighted, and snapped photos of quotes. While I sometimes do this with other books, it felt as though I couldn’t pick up Chee’s collection without a pen at the ready. It’s as if it were written for those who know the struggle of writing as the world watches, as well as the struggle of writing when no one else cares.”
      Washington Independent Review of Books

      "A collection of 16 arresting essays that address the manifold ways in which this smart-funny, gay Korean American novelist and cultural commentator has come to understand the extent to which his life, art and culture intersect."
      Toronto Star

      "Quotable, pristine essays...Hand to readers searching for something to follow 2017’s incredible parade of writers’ memoirs, including Roxane Gay’sHungerand Amy Tan’sWhere the Past Begins."
      — Booklist, STARRED review

      "In Chee’s hands, varied subjects, however disparate they may seem, coalesce...A duller, less evocative title along the lines ofHow I Became a Writer might have been more accurate, but that would have failed to convey Chee’s marvelously oblique style as an essayist—his capacity to inform and educate readers while they’re too enraptured to notice."
      Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "Precise and candid...What truly unifies these pieces, though, is the author’s consistent care with words and open-hearted tone; having been through emotional and artistic wars, he’s produced a guidebook to help others survive them too. Deserving of a place among other modern classic writers’ memoirs like Stephen King’sOn Writing and Chee’s mentor Annie Dillard’sThe Writing Life."
      Kirkus,starred review
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    Meg & Linus Hanna Nowinski
    9781250145833 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Age (years) from 13 - 18 On Sale Date: January 01, 2022 Print Run: 20000
    $14.50 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Square Fish
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      Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school? Find out in this debut YA novel from Swoon Reads author, Hanna Nowinski.

      Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They're pretty happy. But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak.

      But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn't quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

      From crowdsourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comesMeg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.

      Praise forMeg & Linus:

      "Friendship . . . is the crux of the story and it’s what will stay with you long after the book is done.Meg & Linus is ultimatelya lighthearted, low angst look at holding onto friends and growing up. . . . It’s exactly the sort of relevant and positive portrayal that is needed." —Teen Vogue

      "An entertaining coming-of-age story about two queer best friends and their efforts to navigate love, friendship, and the drama of high school. . . The characters in the book are charming and endearing, providing validation for all those who identify as geeky and queer. . .Imbued with sympathetic characters and solid queer representation,Meg and Linus provides a well-crafted story filled with wit and humanity." —Lambda Literary

      "Meg and Linus’s romantic lives take center stage, but first-time author Nowinski also addresses the difficulty of being queer in a small town, where pursuing a relationship requires confidence, and can involve a fear of outing or offending—all of which comes into play as Meg reflects on her past and Linus considers the possibility of a future with Danny." —Publishers Weekly

      "Readers experience [Meg's] pain and Linus’ uncertainties as the story moves back and forth between their respective perspectives. . . .this is one of the rare LGBTQ books to feature both a gay boy and a lesbian who are friends." —Booklist

      Bio
      Hanna Nowinski is a language enthusiast and trained translator for German and English who lives in the middle of nowhere, Germany. She has wanted to be a writer since she learned that books were made by real people. As a kid, she made up her own bedtime stories, mostly sending her stuffed animals on adventures around the world. She loves books, music, coffee, and getting way too emotionally invested in TV shows.Meg & Linus is her debut novel.
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      Awards
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      Meg & Linus, from the Swoon Reads community: "Such a beautiful story." -Rita "I liked that both characters are queer, and while it is a part of the story, it's not the story itself. . . . It's delightfully refreshing." -Tammy Wanzer "What made this unique was the strong friendship between the two narrators . . . It was also refreshing to have LGBT representation that was beyond stereotypes." -Julia Durrant "This book is a really lovely story about young love and being true to yourself despite the pressures to conform. I fell in love with the character Linus, he is someone you would just love to be friends with, and watching him struggle to understand that he can be desired as a friend and as a romantic interest was a delight." -Jill Watkins "Get ready to fall in love with two oddball nerdy best friends. . . . This adorable, warm hearted contemporary YA is tremendously funny, and full of some seriously swoony moments. . . . The world needs more diverse love stories, whether that be long time girlfriends working through some issues, first crushes or friendships. I really loved this story and hope everyone will get a chance to read it!" -Charlie
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    Sympathy Olivia Sudjic
    9781328916204 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date: April 17, 2018 Print Run: 10000
    $21.99 CAD 5.31 x 8 x 1.08 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Mariner Books
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      “Packed with tension, pathos, and vitality . . . This is a potent first novel from a formidable talent.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “The best fictional account I’ve read of the way the internet has shaped our inner lives.”Guardian(UK)

      At twenty-three Alice Hare, a loner, arrives in New York with only the vaguest of plans: to find a city to call home. Instead she discovers the online profile of a Japanese writer called Mizuko Himura, whose stories blur the line between autobiography and fiction. Alice becomes infatuated with Mizuko from afar, convinced this stranger’s life holds a mirror to her own. Realities multiply as Alice closes in on her “internet twin,” staging a chance encounter and inserting herself into his orbit. When Mizuko disappears, Alice is alone and adrift again. Tortured by her silence, Alice uses the only tool at her disposal, writing herself back into Mizuko’s story, with disastrous consequences.

      “A smart and lyrical evocation of that murky emotional terrain between our online and offline selves.” —Vice (UK)

      “At once a riveting mystery and a literary tour de force,Sympathy had me spellbound from the first page to the last.”Emily Gould, author ofFriendship
      Bio
      OLIVIA SUDJIC was born in London in 1988. She studied English at Cambridge University where she was awarded the E. G. Harwood Prize and was named a Bateman Scholar. She has written for publications includingElle, Sunday TimesStyle, and theObserver, among others.
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      Awards
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      New York Times Book ReviewPaperback Row
      One of NPR's "Best Books of 2017"
      One ofEntertainment Weekly's "16 Debut Novels to Read in 2017"
      One of theObserver's "New Faces of Fiction for 2017"
      One ofElle UK’s “Six Top Debut Authors of 2017”â??
      One ofEsquire’s “8 Best Summer Reads”â??
      One of i-D/Vice's "10 Brilliant Emerging Female Authors to Read in 2017"
      One of theGuardian’s “The Best Debut Fiction” 2017 titles
      One of theIndependent's "10 best debut novels by women authors"

      One of Flavorwire's "10 Must-Read Books for April"
      One of Bustle's "11 Of The Best Fiction Books Coming Out In April 2017"

      One of ReadItForward's "17 Books We're Excited to Read in 2017"
      One of the Lady Magazine's "Must-reads for 2017" (UK)
      One of Refinery 29's "2017 Books We're Most Excited About Right Nowâ??" (UK)
      One of Autostraddle's "45 Queer Feminist Books To Read in Early 2017"

      One of Hello Giggles's "15 new books we can’t wait to read in April"
      One of Signature Read's "Nowhere to Hide: 5 Books on the Changing Art of Stalkingâ??"

      “Clever, riddled with a network of allusions similar to that of Marisha Pessl’sSpecial Topics in Calamity Physics…Olivia Sudjic’s smart debut novel is an uncomfortably contemporary tale of unrequited love in the internet age.”—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

      "Sympathy will double-click your heart."—VANITY FAIR

      “In the digital age, the lives of glamorous others have never felt more tantalizingly near, or so finds the lonely antiheroine of Olivia Sudjic’sSympathy.”—VOGUE

      "Sudjic’s figurative approach to depicting social media is what really marks [Sympathy] as thefirst truly literary book largely about Instagram...Sympathy is an exceptionally unnerving read. The book explores digital power dynamics, and the deep implication of our selves with these dynamics, with a sophistication that never feels pretentious. Sympathy is a remarkable debut, and with the arrival of such a novelist we can finally welcome our techno-dystopian future with open arms."—NEW REPUBLIC

      "Sympathy is a sneaky, subtle debut novel about intimacy, aspiration and the Internet. As the protagonist, Alice, stalks and befriends her Instagram hero in a worsening spiral of obsession, the reader falls into something like the glassy-eyed fugue state you reach after too much online scrolling: mesmerized, inert, unable to stop."—NPR

      "If last summer’s must-read debut was Emma Cline’s The Girls, this year it’s undoubtedly Olivia Sudjic’s remarkable Sympathy."—VOGUE(UK)

      "In this zeitgeisty debut, Olivia Sudjic has revealed herself to be an erudite writer who can weave together themes of online obsessions, family secrets and unexpected parallel lives...Filled with explosive intelligence and dark humour,Sympathyis both beautiful and raw, and captures the essence of personal responsibility in the digital age."—ELLE (UK)

      “Olivia Sudjic’s smart, savvy debut novel is a digital-age cautionary tale about liking too much, following too intensely and unraveling while striving to connect… Sudjic excavates the dark depths of the soul, but she also hits us with regular bouts of comic brilliance…This is a fresh, topical, switched-on novel…Sympathy is fact-filled, but it is also packed with tension, pathos and vitality…This is a potent first novel from a formidable talent.”MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

      Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic [is] the best fictional account I’ve read of the way the internet has shaped our inner lives. A literary thriller that confirms the arrival of a major new talent.”THE GUARDIAN

      "A new direction for literature and fiction."—NPR, Weekend Edition

      "The book of the summer...Sympathy opens with what must be the most intense description of an Instagram follow request ever committed to print...With this, the stage is set for a contemporary tale of obsession...What makes Sympathy such a standout in its approach to social media is a move way from Black Mirror-style satire and, instead, a smart and lyrical evocation of that murky emotional terrain between our online and offline selves...Full of wry humour and sharp observations."—VICE (UK)

      "[Part of] the new guard...representing a very modern take on sexuality and identity...[Sudjic] cleverly explores what damage our smartphones are doing to our souls."STYLIST (UK)

      “A fascinating story about how we connect in the digital age… ImagineAlice Through the Looking Glass for the Instagram generation and you’ll get a sense ofSympathy… it explores the obsession of one young woman with another, an obsession fed by social media feeds and resulting in a slow but devastating slippage of identity… At more than 400 pages,Sympathy serves up David Mitchell levels of plot; it is also subtly mimetic… [its] narrative advances like a search, link by link, as Alice follows her nose through meat – and cyberspace – leaving not breadcrumbs but photos behind… But ifSympathy is in part a cautionary tale, its author is very far from po-faced: abuzz with ideas and enthusiasm, she leaves you convinced that there’s much, much more to come.”—OBSERVER,"Meet the new faces of fiction for 2017"

      "As the novel [...] so chillingly illustrates, what social media actually offers is more often the illusion of connection...Fittingly, the narrative is held together by a dream-like disjointedness...the reading experience rendered akin to that of losing oneself online...A gripping odyssey into one woman’s online-addled inner life that shrewdly ties together the age-old hubris of youth with a particular sort of new digital naïveté."—INDEPENDENT (UK)

      "[Sympathy] represents an extraordinary coming together of stories and ideas."THE SPECTATOR (UK)

      "A young woman is consumed by obsession in a thrilling debut that skewers our digital culture...engrossing...Novels often handle digital culture gingerly, as a strange new world that is somehow alien to our own and to that of the written page. Sudjic's achievement is to incorporate this world at a granular level; it provides both the mechanisms necessary to propel her plot and the texture that defines her characters and their experience of New York...Sympathy is an intelligent and absorbing literary thriller that promises much for the future."—FINANCIAL TIMES(UK)

      “An all-too-real depiction of the fickle feeling of closeness the internet can inspire.”—i-D/VICE,"10 brilliant emerging female authors to read in 2017"

      "This debut has been acclaimed as the 'First Great Instagram Novel', and what it does is bothnew and strange – and deeply familiar. From the infancy of the industrial revolution, novels have thrived on technological change, dramatising the aesthetics of machines as well as the changes (usually deformations) they make to the human soul. The pantheon of post-industrial writing is Humphrey Jennings’s Pandaemonium: The Coming of the Machine 1660-1886, and if there were to be a sequel for our digital age, Sympathy would earn a place in it for itsexquisite, sustained observation of our use of smartphones...Sympathy is an astute, quirky, slow-burning satire on emerging codes of behaviour, intergenerational differences, globalisation, the tech industry and the vortex of the dark web...Rarely do novels so ostentatiously of the moment succeed so well at gesturing to the universal."THE GUARDIAN (UK)

      "Olivia Sudjic'sSympathy is the addictive new book about Instagram that everyone is reading."—EVENING STANDARD (UK)

      “A dark, spellbinding reflection on relationships in the Digital Age, Sympathy is a debut that will have you rethinking the way life online intersects with existence offscreen.”—REFINERY 29

      "This debut novel takes the internet and its discontents as its subject through the story of a virtual obsession turned IRL."—FLAVORWIRE, "10 Must-Read Books for April"

      "Sympathy is a haunting exploration of our digital lives, and as dizzyingly addictive as scrolling through your ex’s Facebook pictures."—DIVA MAGAZINE (UK)

      “Olivia Sudjic’s skillful debut novel plays on the idea that everything in our digital lives is seen through some sort of filter—so where, exactly, lies the truth?”—READITFORWARD, "17 Books We're Excited to Read in 2017"

      Sympathy turns out to be—like so many mysteries—a book about the past rising back into the present and setting everything askew. It’s a haunting conclusion to a novel that’s frequently disarming.”—LITHUB

      "A brilliantly claustrophobic read, as Alice gets caught up in a tangle of lies and sexual encounters, and begins to lose sight of who she really is."—PSYCHOLOGIES MAGAZINE(UK)

      "Sympathy tells thethrilling story of Alice and Mizuko, two people who get a lot more than they expected from their online connection." —HELLO GIGGLES, "15 new books we can’t wait to read in April"

      “What unfolds is a dark narrative about the far-fetched connections we create online and in our heads, and how we attempt to pass them along as sheer fate or coincidence.” —STET MAGAZINE

      “Olivia Sudjic’s engrossing debut novel, Sympathy, explores how technology dissolves personal boundaries. Alice, recently moved from London to New York, becomes obsessed with author Mizuko Himura. Physical, emotional, and digital boundaries are tested and broken as Alice struggles to replicate her close connection with Mizuko’s social media persona in her organic relationship with the real Mizuko.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

      “The reason to read this novel, aside from the au courant topic, is the luscious, absorbing writing.” —LIBRARY JOURNAL

      “Readers will find much to appreciate in this very contemporary bildungsroman.”—BOOKLIST

      "Author Olivia Sudjic may only be in her late twenties...but that hasn't stopped critics from raving about her debut novel, Sympathy. The Guardian even described the Cambridge-educated writer's work as 'the best fictional account... of the way the internet has shaped our inner lives'...Set in New York City, it's the story of a young woman's obsession with a Japanese writer's online presence – her 'internet twin' – and the connections they share. This is one for your summer reading list."—REFINERY 29 (UK), "The 2017 Books We're Most Excited About Right Nowâ??"

      "Sudjic is masterful in jumping around the timeline, teasing out what we know is soon to come...I loved this book."—Arianna Rebolini, TINY LETTER

      "A novel about online obsession in an unnervingly opaque and anonymous digital age...Sudjic’s compulsive debut charts the depths of desperation and torment to which humans can be pushed in a warped effort to find connection."—SHEERLUXE, "The Books to Read Before Anyone Else Does"

      “Olivia Sudjic has treated the world with a dark, thrilling first novel… a brooding tale of obsession in the internet age, and a promising debut from a budding writer.”—LARGEHEARTED BOY

      "A powerful and original novel—very enjoyable."—Diana Athill

      "I loved [Sympathy]. It was brilliant, compelling, beautifully written and deeply disturbing. I think about the changes I have seen in society in the last twenty years, caused by the internet underpinning our lives, and I feel discomfort. [Sudjic] captured something important."—Martha Lane Fox

      "In this unbelievably accomplished first novel, Olivia Sudjic creates a narrator whose compelling voice is timeless, even as her obsessions and the tools she uses to satisfy them are up-to-the-minute modern. At once a riveting mystery and a literary tour de force,Sympathy had me spellbound from the first page to the last."—Emily Gould, author ofFriendship

      "Getting to know someone has always been a thorny affair. With the addition of personal devices, the line between bonding and surveillance has become freakishly blurred.Sympathy is a mind-bending novel that skillfully depicts the bizarre interplay of technology and intimacy with a story that is compassionate, funny, and incredibly alarming."—Claire-Louise Bennett, author ofPond

      “Olivia Sudjic elegantly explores the warped world of intimacies formed online—and how quickly those intimacies derail. Global in scope, as subtle as it is suspenseful,Sympathyis an extraordinary debut.”—Idra Novey, author ofWays to Disappear

      "The thoughtful, intelligent and aptly namedSympathy is an ever-expanding map of the perils of internet life and takes us on a series of coiling emotional tumbles through the rabbit holes and wormholes between URL and IRL, with a heartbreakingly modern New York Alice trying simultaneously to hold on to reality and to discover her own humanity."—Louisa Young, author of The Heroes’ Welcomeand others

      "An impressive debut. Complex, crisp and highly topical."—Vesna Goldsworthy, author ofGorskyandChernobyl Strawberries

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