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    A André Alexis Canada
    9781927040799 Paperback FICTION / Magical Realism Publication Date: October 01, 2013
    $15.00 CAD 5.1 x 7.7 x 0.2 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 63 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      A is a work of fiction in which André Alexis presents the compelling narrative of Alexander Baddeley, a Toronto book reviewer obsessed with the work of the elusive and mythical poet Avery Andrews. Baddeley is in awe with Andrews's ability as a poet - more than anything he wants to understand the inspiration behind his work - so much so that, following in the footsteps of countless pilgrims throughout literary history, Baddeley actually tracks Andrews down thinking that meeting his literary hero will provide some answers. Their meeting results in a meditation and a revelation about the creative act itself that generates more and more questions about what it means to be "inspired." Alexis further develops this narrative through a reflection in essay form presented as an annex that build layers of thought upon not only the original narrative, but provides Alexis's own motives (and perhaps, obsessions) behind writing A.
      André Alexis is the author of two novels (Childhood and Asylum), two books of short stories (Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Beauty and Sadness), a children's book (Ingrid and the Wolf) and a number of plays (Lambton Kent, Name in Vain, Fidelity). He was a contributing book reviewer for the Globe and Mail. And he has worked extensively in radio, having been the host/writer of CBC Radio One's "Radio Nomad" and CBC Radio Two's "Skylarking."
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      Praise for André Alexis:

      A by André Alexis is "a propulsive read, effortless and a little is genuinely fascinating, a work whose rich complexities belie its brevity."
      - The Winnipeg Review

      A, a wondrous piece...that deftly plays with the conventions of satire, polemic, and magic realism.
      - Quill & Quire

      "André Alexis is a genuine talent."
      - Richard Bachmann, A Different Drummer Books

      "Alexis [has an] astute understanding of the madly shimmering, beautifully weaving patterns created by what we have agreed to call memory."
      - Ottawa Citizen

      "Although Canada boasts many promising young writers, the most promising of all may be André Alexis. . . ."
      - London Free Press

      "Alexis already knows what it takes many grey wise men a lifetime to realize: that neither memory nor history is a straight line."
      - Edmonton Journal
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    Actors Anonymous James Franco
    9780544114531 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 15, 2013
    $37.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.09 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 12 New Harvest
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      The actors in James Franco’s brilliant debut novel include a McDonald’s drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there’s Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines—before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. “Hollywood has always been a private club,” he writes. “I open the gates. I say welcome. I say,Look inside.”

      Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous’s TwelveSteps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.

      JAMES FRANCO is a talented, ubiquitous, popular, and provocative actor, director, author, and visual artist. His first book, the story collection Palo Alto, was published in 2010.

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      "Subversively funny and provocatively honest,Actors Anonymous is ostensibly about acting but it's really about a society where everyone's reduced to the roles they play. The novel's many narrators fight back against these roles in truly original, often hilarious, and deeply affecting ways. So should we all." –Gary Shteyngart, author ofSuper Sad True Love Story

      “Electrifying to see a writer hold nothing back! This shape-shifting narrative extends a reader's sense of what a novel can be, can do. Franco plays with persona in ways that implicate a reader. The defiant humor is hard-won (including the best worst job interview ever), his take on irresponsible people is both eloquent and suitably scorching, the language is enviable: the seduction of a virgin is ‘like a bullet through a birthday cake.’ Franco's novel lures youin with indelible images, provocative mind games, and characters laid bare, then successfully strands you in a frightening place." –Amy Hempel

      “James Franco puts on a James Franco mask and borrows formats from AA to create a fiction about the fiction of identity—especially as it pertains to actors and, by logical extension, writers. Is fame (the longing for it, the actuality of it) as entangled in the creative act as alcohol? Is acting (writing) an escape from reality or the only thing that’s real for an actor (writer)? The illusion of reality and the reality of fiction hold hands in this novel in much the way that actors (and writers) steal from their lives to enliven their characters. The novel does not merely explore acting, it enacts it. This is a lively, strange, engaging, often funny, sometimes brilliant, and utterly fearless novel.” –Robert Boswell, author ofTumbledown,The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, andThe Half-Known World

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    After Her A Novel Joyce Maynard
    9780062257390 Hardcover FICTION / Coming of Age Publication Date: August 20, 2013
    $31.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.05 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 32 William Morrow
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      The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and The Good Daughters returns with a haunting novel of sisterhood, sacrifice, and suspense.

      I was always looking for excitement, until I found some . . .

      Summer, 1979. A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty—the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke.

      When we first meet her, Patty is eleven—a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel. Rachel is obsessed with making up stories and believes she possesses the gift of knowing what's in the minds of people around her. She has visions, whether she wants to or not. Left to their own devices, the sisters spend their days studying record jackets, concocting elaborate fantasies about the mysterious neighbor who moved in down the street, and playing dangerous games on the mountain that looms behind their house.

      When young women start turning up dead on the mountain, the girls' father is put in charge of finding the murderer known as the "Sunset Strangler." Watching her father's life slowly unravel as months pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on her most dangerous game yet . . . using herself as bait to catch the killer. But rather than cracking the case, the consequences of Rachel's actions will destroy her father's career and alter forever the lives of everyone she loves.

      Thirty years later, still haunted by the belief that the killer remains at large, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out the Sunset Strangler and vindicate her father—a plan that unexpectedly unearths a long-buried family secret.

      Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County, California, in the late 1970s, After Her is part thriller, part love story. Maynard has created a poignant, suspenseful, and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl's first explorations of sexuality, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.


      Joyce Maynard is the author of eight previous novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in California.

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      “[Maynard] weav(es) a knotty tale of family secrets, told in the alternating voices of her likable main characters.”
      The Good Daughters shows Maynard’s strengths once again—particularly in vivid descriptions of farm life, geographies, and relationships of all kinds. Passions and psychological changes in a character over time ring most true.”
      “An evocative story . . . [Maynard] consistently brings emotional authenticity to the long arc of her characters’ lives and to the joy and loss they experience. A profoundly moving chronicle of the primacy of family connection.”
      “An impressive writer...with a fine sense of time, of place, of humor.”
      “Exquisite . . . . [A] beautifully written book.”
      “In addition to being a beautiful and engaging story, Maynard deftly captures Dana’s struggle to come to terms with her sexuality in the midst of her family’s instability. And her relationship with Clarice is one of the strongest in the novel. Highly recommended. ”
      “Maynard is a clever storyteller.”
      “Maynard’s spare prose packs a rich emotional punch...a can’t put-it-down mystery.”
      “Vividly rendered.”
      “[The] story is moving and fast-moving, affirming Maynard’s reputation as a master storyteller and showing her to be a passionate humanist with a gifted ear and heart. . . . Maynard illuminates the human experience.”
      “an uplifting story told by a boy who is just beginning to understand what life is all about.”
      Labor Day is suffused with tenderness, dreaminess and love....first and foremost a page-turner...[it] puts back together the world that it definitely need to get a box of tissues.”
      “It is a testament to Maynard’s skill that she makes this ominous setup into a convincing and poignant coming-of-age tale.”
      “Part family reminiscence, part girl detective story, After Her combines the intimacy of one teen’s coming-of-age with the suspense of a serial killer mystery. With warmth and redeeming humor, Joyce Maynard delivers the terror and confusion of adolescence.”
      “Joyce Maynard’s latest novel, After Her, is a suspenseful page-turning mystery, but even more compelling is her memorable portrait of a thirteen-year-old girl and the complicated world she shares with her sister; the intricate details of their life are sometimes hilarious, often heartbreaking, and always endearing.”
      “Passionate, profound, and as stunning as a sparking live wire coming slowly and irrevocably toward you, Maynard’s latest is nothing short of a masterpiece.”
      “Though you will be tempted, try not to turn the pages of this complex thriller too fast: you will miss a tender elegy, an evocative coming-of-age story, and a tribute to the enduring bonds of sisterhood.”
      “An affecting portrait of the relationship between a father and his daughters.”
      “Maynard writes great characters and craft a story that will not let you go.”
      “[F]ar from a simple whodunit... [Maynard] deftly conveys that we are never truly safe, but that we can’t let fear stand in the way of our becoming who we want to be.”
      “Veteran novelist Joyce Maynard has returned with a coming of age story woven into a serial killer investigation that is both evocative and captivating.”
      “Loosely based on the “Trailside Killer” slayings of the 1970s, the story jumps from history into a many-layered exploration of sibling bonds and innocence.”
      After Her is a masterful piece of storytelling with bits of humor to offset the suspenseful emotions.”
      “After Her is an excellent novel, dealing deftly and tenderly with a young girl’s coming of age and loss of innocence, presenting us with characters as great and as flawed as the people we see every day. Here we have a great author writing at the top of her form.”
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    At Night We Walk in Circles A Novel Daniel Alarcón
    9781594631719 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 31, 2013
    $29.50 CAD 5.87 x 8.5 x 1.25 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Riverhead Books
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      NPR “Best Books of 2013”
      BookPage Best Books of 2013
      Bookriot “Best Books of 2013”
      San Francisco Chronicle Favorite Books of 2013: Francisco Goldman
      Flavorwire 15 Favorite Novels of 2013

      The breakout book from a prizewinning young writer: a breathtaking, suspenseful story of one man’s obsessive search to find the truth of another man’s downfall.

      Nelson’s life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man, his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother, and his acting career can’t seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson’s hero, Henry Nunez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that’s when the real trouble begins.

      The tour takes Nelson out of the shelter of the city and across a landscape he’s never seen, which still bears the scars of the civil war. With each performance, Nelson grows closer to his fellow actors, becoming hopelessly entangled in their complicated lives, until, during one memorable performance, a long-buried betrayal surfaces to force the troupe into chaos.

      Nelson’s fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson’s story—and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcón delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.
      Daniel Alarcón is author of the critically-acclaimed story collection War by Candlelight, and the novel Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. His writing has appeared in Granta, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Alarcón is Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast, and he lives in San Francisco.
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      California Book Award 2014, Short-listed
      “Wise and engaging…a provocative study of the way war culture ensnares both participant and observer, the warping fascination of violence, and the disfiguring consequences of the roles we play in public…[a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work…the ending is a quiet bomb, as satisfying as it is ambiguous.”
      New York Times Book Review

      "The delicate precision, mounting tension and unfolding tragedy in this masterful book make it difficult to remember the story did not actually take place...Alarcón teaches us, in these pages, that perception and memory are relative. We see what we want to see, we believe what we want to believe. Performance can consume and distort. And time moves differently for all of us."
      Chicago Tribune

      “Alarcón is one of those rare writers getting away with doing exactly what he wants… Like Rachel Kushner’s...The Flamethrowers, this is a story about the initiation of a young artist …[At Night We Walk in Circles is] consistently compelling…Alarcón’s smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases…with lines that knock the wind out of you.”
      Washington Post

      “Engaging and illuminating…an outstanding second novel from Alarcón, a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it.”
      —Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

      “[A] surrealistic tour de force.”
      O, The Oprah Magazine

      "Masterful... a profound meditation on how identity is less a fixed substance within us, than an ever-shifting performance in reaction to a perceived audience."
      —Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle

      “Alarcón's purpose here is to disorient us, stripping away markers of place and identity, until we have to see the world on different terms.”
      — David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

      “Daniel Alarcón has become one of the most important modern voices for the countries south of the border... Beautiful and compellingly told, [At Night We Walk in Circles] sets out to answer the basic question of how to live a good life in a bad place... Alarcón’s work never feels unsure of its importance or its relevance. This novel make the case that Lima really is as important as Istanbul, and the Andes as urgent as Appalachia. The ghosts of South America may be quiet, but Alarcón reminds us not to forget them.”
      The New Republic

      “Masterful…[At Night We Walk in Circles] feels as natural and uncontrived as it is ingeniously constructed. Alarcón ferries back and forth in time with such alacrity that rather than feeling dizzy or confused he allows us to revel in the ways that our past — personal and national — affect our present….a sterling novel…brave, thoughtful and astute…Elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcón’s tremendous talent to a wider audience.”
      Miami Herald

      “Compelling…an intellectual puzzle.”
      The Boston Globe

      “Alarcón’s writing is…fluid and mesmerizing…So much fights for our admiration, not least the clever allusions between the actors and the characters they play, the powerful portrayals of lives ruined by war and prison, and the evocative, if sobering, depictions of lost love.”
      Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “Successfully takes up many of the great themes and sorrows of the Latin American present.”
      The Charlotte Observer

      “Alarcón is a young, talented writer who is on the cusp of a breakthrough, a state of mind perfectly captured by the compulsively energetic voice of At Night We Walk in Circles… [a] gripping story.”
      The Daily Beast

      “Daniel Alarcón’s At Night We Walk in Circles is just about perfect... he skillfully weaves the past, present, and future…Alarcón [is] a man who knows what he’s doing.”
      The Coffin Factory

      “There are novels that strive to imitate life, novels that sometimes succeed strikingly — even heartbreakingly — at imitating life. Then there are novels that seem to be the very stuff from which life is woven. Daniel Alarcón's third book, At Night We Walk in Circles, is an example of the latter. Alarcón's prose is seductive — detached, but also terribly intimate — and the accumulated effect of his paragraphs is a story so engrossing that it feels instantly like a classic. The book reads not like something that has been written by a talented young writer, but like something that has always been. It feels, in other words, timeless. And yet, it is timely, too. Despite an almost fable-like quality, At Night We Walk In Circles captures the rhythms of our generation and pulses with the zeitgeist of this economic moment... At Night We Walk in Circles is Alarcón's most ambitious and successful work yet — it not only lives up to the extraordinary promise of his first two books, but also promises much more to come from this wise and visionary young writer."

      “Fascinating, and is a page-turner to boot.”
      The Huffington Post

      “Highly readable…vivid and lovely.”
      The Oregonian

      “A slow motion mystery…full of keen insight, dynamic characters, and post-modern flair…carefully constructed and deeply intriguing… The prose is cleanly evocative, the narrative is compelling and nuanced, and the slow mystery that burns at the heart of the book will not disappoint.”

      “Riveting… a fast-unraveling mystery of role-playing and retribution, told in compelling prose that is smart, subtle, and totally engrossing.”
      Booklist (starred review)

      “Involving and dramatic…Alarcón strings the reader along expertly as he slowly complicates and shifts the perspective in this tragic tale of characters, citizens, lovers, and artists being influenced by the dangerous forces of political history and human desire.”
      Library Journal

      “How Alarcón manages this layered and complex structure is one of the novel's many pleasures. The country is nameless, but the descriptions are specific and vivid…At Night We Walk in Circles is a breathtaking novel, intimate and sweeping, about the capriciousness of fate and how its ultimate brutality can come in the form of absence and longing.”
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      “Daniel Alarcon's latest book is his strongest yet…a moving exploration of fate, destiny, dissent and the artistic imagination.”
      NPR (Best Books of 2013)

      “Accessible and entertaining…a quick and comic read with enough heft to hold up to multiple rereadings; a shiny little jewel that rises to the top of my pile for the year.”
      Bookriot (Best Books of 2013)

      “[I] can't stop thinking about [At Night We Walk in Circles]. This haunting novel…tells a story of personal estrangement, loss, chance and danger in a straightforward, at times playful manner that belies the novel's complex and ruthless intelligence.”
      —Francisco Goldman, San Francisco Chronicle Writers’ Favorite Books of 2013

      “The Peruvian-born author delivered one of the finest works of contemporary Latin American fiction with this intricate and engrossing novel of an actor in an underground theater troupe mounting a production of a politically controversial play.” (Favorite Novels of 2013)

      “Nabokov says that imagination is a form of memory, and this novel is a perfect example of this claim. In writing about a place, its people and its history, Daniel Alarcón's memory catches the evanescent details of everyday life, while his imagination, never for a moment blurred, creates a powerful story with so many intricate characters. This is a novel written with extraordinary vision and wisdom.”
      —Yiyun Li, author of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and The Vagrants

      “This is a devastatingly good novel and a masterful work by a gifted storyteller. Via the tangled lives of a small group of Peruvian actors, and in clear, compelling prose, Daniel Alarcón weaves a suspenseful tale about illusion and longing, love and denial — about all the kinds of human exile.”
      —Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life and The Fall of Baghdad

      Praise for Daniel Alarcón

      “A prodigious talent.”
      The Washington Post Book World

      “One of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years.”
      —Colm Tóibín

      “Alarcón, like the best storytellers, reveals to us that the world we have secreted in our hearts spins in a bigger universe with other hearts just as good and just as bad as our own.”
      —Edward P. Jones

      “Reading Alarcón feels like witnessing the arrival of a John Steinbeck or Gabriel García Márquez.”
      —Minneapolis Star Tribune
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    9781459706934 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date: September 14, 2013
    $19.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 52 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn
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      Barrett Fuller’s privileged life is about to change radically … or else.

      Barrett Fuller is a world-famous and very wealthy children’s author who writes under a pseudonym because he’s a self-absorbed womanizer and drug-user. His life changes when he receives an extortion letter, challenging him to live up to the morals he currently espouses in his books. He is presented with a series of tasks to complete or face having his identity revealed to the public, resulting in the ruin of his financial empire.

      Richard Fuller, Barrett’s nephew, has a secret too, and it’s one no kid should bear. He knows why his father left the family and he’s never told his mother.

      When the extortionist challenges Barrett to spend time with his nephew, their respective secrets move towards a collision that will change their lives forever.

      Scott Carter is an author and screenwriter. His first short film debuted at the Exploding Cinema Film Festival in Los Angeles. Since then his films have played in festivals across North America and his script The Unspoken Promise was written for Bravo! Television. His first novel was the critically acclaimed Blind Luck. Carter is a Toronto native who still lives in the city.
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      Dewey Divas and the Dudes Fall Picks 2013, Commended
      . . . Carter doesn’t shy away from making this character unlikeable, but most impressive is that I was engaged and guessing until the “big reveal” of the blackmailer. Also impressive is how Carter wrings every ounce of gut-wrenching tension and heartbreak from the reveal that could possibly be wrung without making it feel hokey.
      How much of him/herself does a writer put into a story? In the case of famed children's author Barrett Fuller, extremely little. So little, in fact, that he writes under a pseudonym so that fans (and their parents) won't know he's a narcissistic womanizer with a serious drug problem. Then one day, someone discovers his secret and sends him a letter: Live up to your imaginary morality or else...This is the terrific premise of Scott Carter's second novel and it's better than Blind Luck, his excellent debut.
      Over the course of Carter's surprisingly exciting and evocative tale, relationships among Carol, Richard and Barrett acquire meaning, though, initially, not through Barrett's free will.
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    Bleeding Edge Thomas Pynchon
    9781594204234 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 17, 2013
    $31.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.5 x 4.6 in | 496 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Press
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      Thomas Pynchon brings us to New York in the early days of the internet

      It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there’s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what’s left.

      Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics—carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people’s bank accounts—without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom—two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood—till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler’s aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course.

      With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we’ve journeyed to since.

      Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance?

      Hey. Who wants to know?
      Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.; The Crying of Lot 49; Gravity’s Rainbow; Slow Learner, a collection of short stories; Vineland; Mason & Dixon; Against the Day; and, most recently, Inherent Vice. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.
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      ***A New York Times Notable Book of 2013***

      Brilliantly written… a joy to read…Full of verbal sass and pizzazz, as well as conspiracies within conspiracies, Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best.Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

      “A precious freak of a novel, glinting rich and strange, like a black pearl from an oyster unfathomable by any other diver into our eternal souls. If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who? Reading Bleeding Edge, tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed… a necessary novel and one that literary history has been waiting for, ever since it went to bed early on innocent Sept. 10 with a copy of The Corrections and stayed up well past midnight reading Franzen into the wee hours of his novel’s publication day.” —

      “Are you ready for Thomas (Screaming Comes Across the Sky) Pynchon on the subject of September 11, 2001?... Exemplary… dazzling and ludicrous… Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn’t anomie but delight. Pynchon himself’s a good companion, full of real affection for his people and places, even as he lampoons them for suffering the postmodern condition of being only partly real.” Jonathan Lethem, New York Times Book Review

      Surely now Pynchon must be in line for the Nobel Prize?... Thomas Pynchon, America’s greatest novelist, has written the greatest novel about the most significant events in his country’s 21st century history. It is unequivocally a masterpiece.” —The Scotsman (UK)

      The book’s real accomplishment is to claim the last decade as Pynchon territory, a continuation of the same tensions — between freedom and captivity, momentum and entropy, meaning and chaos — through which he has framed the last half-century… As usual, Pynchon doesn’t provide answers but teases us with the hint of closure, leaving us ultimately unsure whether the signals add up to a master plot or merely a series of sinister and unfortunate events. The overall effect is one of amused frustration, of dying to find that one extra piece of information that will help make sense of this overwhelming and vaguely threatening world. It feels a lot like life.” Wired magazine

      The New York of late 2001 was a Pynchon novel waiting to happen, in which the failures of ‘late capitalist’ speculation, in the form of the recently deflated tech bubble, meet 9/11 to form the 21st century’s Year Zero.” New York Observer

      Pynchon's prose is irresistible. It's playful and bustling — cheesy puns rub elbows with Big Ideas. A-” Entertainment Weekly

      Brilliant and wonderful… Bleeding Edge chronicles the birth of the now — our terrorism-obsessed, NSA-everywhere, smartphone Panopticon zeitgeist — in the crash of the towers. It connects the dots, the packets, the pixels. We are all part of this story. We are all characters in Pynchon’s mad world. Bleeding Edge is a novel about geeks, the Internet, New York and 9/11. It is funny, sad, paranoid and lyrical. It was difficult to put down. I want to read it again.” —

      Bleeding Edge takes the messy, funny, and sad all-at-once world we live in and reflects it back to us in a way that I can only call consoling—somebody else out there gets it. No matter how crazy things became in this book, I felt safe as long as I was inside its pages. So of course as soon as I finished it, I started over again.” —Malcolm Jones, Daily Beast/Newsweek

      Bleeding Edge may be the book Thomas Pynchon was born to write.” New York Daily News, “Page Views”

      The ingeniously whimsical, accessible story of a New York City fraud investigator who becomes entangled with some very sketchy characters as she tries to get to the bottom of a case involving a tech billionaire.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

      Showstopping…The future that [Pynchon] so precociously, disturbingly foresaw long ago now surges around us. With Bleeding Edge, he shows that he has mastered the move from the shock of the new to the shock of the now, while cushioning the blow.” —Leisl Schillinger, Barnes & Noble

      Bleeding Edge is vintage Pynchon, a louche yarn of rollicking doomism. Pynchon is the master of technology-as-metaphor. In previous books—particularly “V.” and “Gravity’s Rainbow”—there is a persistent, shadowy suggestion of an unseen system, mechanisms that underlie the perceived reality of events. And these mechanisms are often manifest in the vagaries of things like rocket science and radio broadcasting tools. In those old books, however, the obscure schema was cast as an almost magical or mystical force, but as Bleeding Edge appears, we have the real thing.”—Seattle Times

      Fabulously entertainingBleeding Edge is stuffed with gorgeous passages that sing their longing for all we’ve lost, in trashing the land and ourselves. But such writing is also a stirring call to arms, making clear that the history we’ll make depends on what and how we remember. As Pynchon has been reminding us for 50 years, there’s always more than one way to tell that story.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

      “Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge is a masterpiece of post- and pre-9/11 paranoia.”—Las Vegas Weekly
      "A hilarious, shrewd, and disquieting metaphysical mystery." —Booklist (STARRED)

      "No one, but no one, rivals Pynchon’s range of language, his elasticity of syntax, his signature mix of dirty jokes, dread and shining decency… Bleeding Edge is a chamber symphony in P major, so generous of invention it sometimes sprawls, yet so sharp it ultimately pierces.” —Publishers Weekly

      "A much-anticipated return, and it’s trademark stuff: a blend of existential angst, goofy humor and broad-sweeping bad vibes." —Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)

      "Truly your most important reading for the fall... darkly hilarious." —Library Journal

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    Series: A Temperance Brennan Novel
    Bones of the Lost A Temperance Brennan Novel Kathy Reichs
    9781439102459 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: August 27, 2013
    $29.99 CAD 155.57 x 234.95 x 27.94 mm | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Scribner
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      #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her sixteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking.

      #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the Fox hit series Bones, Kathy Reichs returns with an unforgettable new novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a mysterious hit-and-run victim triggers an investigation into human trafficking.

      When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse, police find an airline club card bearing the name of prominent local businessman John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific fire months earlier. How did Story and the girl know each other? Was she an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered? Was he?

      Tempe must also examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities and the trafficking of humans?

      As the complications pile on, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter, Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father, Pete, is growing frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America to Afghanistan and right to the center of Charlotte.

      A tour de force of imagination, Bones of the Lost is a roller coaster of plot twists, punctuated by Tempe’s fierce wit and forensic know-how. “A genius at building suspense” (New York Daily News), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this sixteenth installment of the Temperance Brennan series. With the Fox series Bones in its ninth season, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.
      Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. A Conspiracy of Bones is Kathy’s nineteenth entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels. Dr. Reichs is one of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and as a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Québec. Visit Kathy at
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      "The forensic procedures take center stage, as they always do, in this cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series."
      “Reichs knows what her readers like.”
      “When it comes to technical detail and local color, Reichs knows her stuff.”
      "Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story."
      "This is a return to form for Reichs, who keeps the story moving at a brisk clip but never forgets that, ultimately, we’re here to see Dr. Brennan."
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    9780345807953 Hardcover FICTION / Humorous On Sale Date: October 15, 2013
    $30.00 CAD 6.6 x 9.61 x 1.38 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      Bridget Jones is back!
         When Helen Fielding first wrote Bridget Jones' Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s, she introduced readers to one of the most beloved characters in modern literature. The book was published in 40 countries, sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and spawned a best-selling sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The two books were turned into major blockbuster films starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
           With her hotly anticipated third installment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous e-mail cc, total lack of Twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. 
           An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favorite Everywoman.

      Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as widely and as often as possible to Africa, India and Central America. Fielding is the author of four novels: Cause Celeb, Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones's Diary and the sequel based on The Edge of Reason. She now works full-time as a novelist and screenwriter and lives in London and Los Angeles.
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      FINALIST 2014 – Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize

      “Snappily written, observationally astute and at times genuinely moving. Its big heart, incisive observations, nice sentences, vivid characters and zippy pace make it a book you could happily spend the night with. It is possible I cried a little at the end, but then, as Bridget might say: am sucker for happy endings.”
      —Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review

      “In reviving Bridget now, Fielding has dared to question the happy ending, and in doing so she holds a mirror up to our changing values. True love is not guaranteed for life, even in romcoms, and women in their 40s and 50s are no longer prepared to fade away, alone and invisible. Those of us who loved her the first time will be glad to welcome her back—big pants, fillers and all.”
      —Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian

      “The everywoman problems Bridget had as a thirtysomething single—Is it ridiculous for me to wear thigh-high boots? Will I die alone?—translate pretty seamlessly to middle-age singlehood. When she’s hitting the club for the first time in a decade or undergoing a regrettable Botox treatment, it’s the same old Bridget.”
      Los Angeles Times

      “Although the laughs are still there aplenty, there is also a sad, bittersweet edge to the novel that makes it feel…a lot more grown up, like our gal herself. I laughed, I cried and most of all I loved…. Bridget’s back—which is nothing short of ‘totes amazog’ as she herself now likes to say. Hurrah!”
      —Sarah Lawrence, Daily Mail

      “Our favorite British heroine Bridget Jones is joining the motherhood industrial complex. Author Helen Fielding (who is one of the most brilliant comedic authors of our time) is bringing back Bridget, her granny pants, and now a nursing bra.... I swear, October [the release date] can’t get here fast enough!... I’ve been waiting almost a decade for its release and when it comes out, I plan to move somewhere far, far away from my kids so I can read it with both enjoyment and peace and a good glass of Chardonnay.”
      —Joanna Mazewski, Babble

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    Burning Paradise First Edition Robert Charles Wilson Canada
    9780765332615 Hardcover FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: November 05, 2013
    $28.99 CAD 6.43 x 9.42 x 1.11 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Tor Books
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      From Robert Charles Wilson, the author of the Hugo-winningSpin,comesBurning Paradise,a new tale of humans coming to grips with a universe of implacable strangeness.
      Cassie Klyne, nineteen years old, lives in the United States in the year 2015—but it's not our United States, and it's not our 2015.

      Cassie's world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn't what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: that for decades—back to the dawn of radio communications—human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity. That by interfering with our communications, this entity has tweaked history in massive and subtle ways. That humanity is, for purposes unknown, being farmed.

      Cassie's parents were killed for this knowledge, along with most of the other members of their group. Since then, the survivors have scattered and gone into hiding. Cassie and her younger brother Thomas now live with her aunt Nerissa, who shares these dangerous secrets. Others live nearby. For eight years they have attempted to lead unexceptional lives in order to escape detection. The tactic has worked.

      Until now. Because the killers are back. And they're not human.


      Born in California, ROBERT CHARLES WILSON grew up in Canada. He is the author of many acclaimed SF novels, includingDarwinia,Blind Lake,Julian Comstock, and the Hugo Award–winningSpin.

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      “The finest science fiction author now writing.” —Stephen King

      “Outstanding...The various science and thriller plot elements are successful, but this is first and foremost a novel of character.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Axis

      “The long-anticipated marriage between the hard sf novel and the literary novel, resulting in an offspring possessing the robust ideational vigor of the former with the graceful narrative subtleties of the latter, might finally have occurred in the form of Robert Charles Wilson'sSpin....Wilson does so many fine things, it's hard to know where to begin to praise him.” —The Washington Post on Spin

      Spin is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs.” —Locus on Spin

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    Cataract City Craig Davidson Canada
    9780385677943 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 03, 2013
    $29.95 CAD 6.68 x 9.28 x 1.29 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      Owen and Duncan are childhood friends who've grown up in picturesque Niagara Falls--known to them by the grittier name Cataract City. As the two know well, there's more to the bordertown than meets the eye: behind the gaudy storefronts and sidewalk vendors, past the hawkers of tourist T-shirts and cheap souvenirs live the real people who scrape together a living by toiling at the Bisk, the local cookie factory. And then there are the truly desperate, those who find themselves drawn to the borderline and a world of dog-racing, bare-knuckle fighting, and night-time smuggling.
           Owen and Duncan think they are different: both dream of escape, a longing made more urgent by a near-death incident in childhood that sealed their bond. But in adulthood their paths diverge, and as Duncan, the less privileged, falls deep into the town's underworld, he and Owen become reluctant adversaries at opposite ends of the law. At stake is not only survival and escape, but a lifelong friendship that can only be broken at an unthinkable price.


      CRAIG DAVIDSON was born and grew up in the bordertown of St. Catharines, Ontario, near to Niagara Falls. He has published two previous books of literary fiction, Rust and Bone (Penguin Canada), which has been made into a major feature film of the same name, and The Fighter (Penguin Canada). He is a graduate of the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his journalism and articles have been published in The Globe and Mail, Esquire, GQ and the Washington Post, among other venues. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his partner and child.

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      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013
      LONGLIST - 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize

      “Cataract City is a terrific book. . . . [Elmore] Leonard is a writer against whose work Cataract City may equitably be compared. . . . Davidson’s remarkable storytelling gifts are several. He solves, with a little information deftly supplied, the conundrum of a miscreant narrator eloquent beyond his station. And along with his own wonderful ability to capture just how insidiously factory jobs affect people, Davidson possesses a stealthy capacity for pace and plot exercised in a cinematic array of places. . . . We have, here, a superb, thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining novel that is, page by page, mostly riveting, its prose flawless and its observations acute and, often touchingly sympathetic, about far more than men’s violence. Davidson is a seriously talented writer with a proven pedigree.”
      National Post

      “Dark humour punctuates Cataract City, lifting the blood and guts and regret that permeate its pages into an elegy for lost dreams and innocence. . . .”
      Toronto Star

      “Sharply written.”
      Winnipeg Free Press

      “An astounding, accomplished book. I truly did not want to leave this world.”
      —Paul Haggis, Academy Award-winning director of Crash

      “Davidson is one of this country’s great kinetic writers. Whether his focus is on bare-knuckle boxing or the lithe grace of racing greyhounds tearing along a straightaway, Davidson’s stock-in-trade is describing bodies in motion. There is a brute physicality to his writing that immediately sets him apart from his CanLit peers, many of whom prefer rumination and stasis to vivid action. It is no accident that one of the words that reappears throughout Cataract City, peppering the prose like a syntactical signpost, is ‘torque’: This underscores the almost palpable energy with which the author infuses his writing.”
      The Globe and Mail

      “Davidson balances his headlong plotting with fresh, poetic language and finds fascinating details in even the most morbid scenes. Moreover, his exploration of bromance, violence and thwarted dreams can be both bracing and poignant. . . .Davidson grabs readers in a chokehold and won’t let go.”

      “He is a compelling storyteller . . . it will stay with you long after you put it down.”
      The Financial Times (UK)

      “Compelling and witty.”
      The Chronicle Herald

      “Craig Davidson’s superb storytelling skills, extreme plotlines, and unabashedly masculine take on human conflict have distinguished him from many of his literary contemporaries. He has also proved willing to freely borrow from such diverse genres as detective fiction, dark fantasy, and horror. These unconventional (at least in Canada) narrative and aesthetic strategies are given full rein in Davidson’s new novel, and to better effect than ever before.”
      Quill and Quire

      “Davidson rises to the challenge with some marvellous descriptions of the action. . . . Cataract City aspires beyond its gloomy, grudging setting to the state of literature.”
      The Times (UK)

      “This is a book with remarkable heart. The bonds between Owen and Duncan are explored with sensitivity and depth, and their symbiotic relationship is portrayed with an intelligence and complexity I’ve seldom encountered before.”
      The Independent (UK)

      “In the first few pages of Cataract City we are given not just the truth—or trueness—of the weight of a gun, but the Niagara basin, “black and snaky . . . littered with the bones of men and boys who’d pitted their weight against it”; the titular image of a cataract, broad smooth water breaking into violence; and the image of a city of optical cataracts, where everyone’s moral sight is failing.”
      The Guardian

      “The strengths of Cataract City steamroll over the speed bumps. Davidson is fearless in how he takes his set pieces to their logical extremes. . . .Best of all, Davidson consistently dazzles with his evocation of physicality and brute combat. . . .Read this book in proximity to Joseph Boyden’s blood-soaked The Orenda and you just might be ready to run into the drawing-room arms of Jane Austen for a gore-free change of pace.”
      Montreal Gazette

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