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    Trip Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change Tao Lin
    9781101974513 Paperback MEDICAL / Psychiatry On Sale Date: May 01, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 5.2 x 7.98 x 0.64 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Vintage
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      Part memoir, part history, part journalistic exposé, Trip is a look at psychedelic drugs, literature, and alienation from one of the twenty-first century’s most innovative novelists—The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for a new generation. A Vintage Original.

      While reeling from one of the most creative—but at times self-destructive—outpourings of his life, Tao Lin discovered the strange and exciting work of Terence McKenna. McKenna, the leading advocate of psychedelic drugs since Timothy Leary, became for Lin both an obsession and a revitalizing force. In Trip, Lin’s first book-length work of nonfiction, he charts his recovery from pharmaceutical drugs, his surprising and positive change in worldview, and his four-year engagement with some of the hardest questions: Why do we make art? Is the world made of language? What happens when we die? And is the imagination more real than the universe?

      In exploring these ideas and detailing his experiences with psilocybin, DMT, salvia, and cannabis, Lin takes readers on a trip through nature, his own past, psychedelic culture, and the unknown.
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      Tao Lin is the author of the novels Taipei and Richard Yates and Eeeee Eee Eeee, the novella Shoplifting from American Apparel, the story collection Bed, and the poetry collections cognitive-behavioral therapy and you are a little bit happier than i am. He was born in Virginia, has taught in Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, and is the founder and editor of Muumuu House.

      Author Residence: New York, New York

      Author Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
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      Praise for Trip:

      Trip is not only a book about drugs—it’s about the condition of humans at this point in history, troublingly divorced from our natural capacity for awe by our chemically depleted bodies and minds. This book has changed how I understand myself on a cellular level, and what I see when I look at civilization around me. It’s so rare that I finish a book with the feeling that the world has been permanently altered, and that I want to try to live in a new way, but I feel this way after reading Trip. It’s a superbly researched, moving, and formally inventive quest for re-enchantment, and Tao Lin’s most compelling and profound book yet. I would recommend it to anyone.—Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

      “Tao Lin’s writing reliably restores my sense of the inexhaustible strangeness of even one minute of human thought and feeling.”—Michael W. Clune, author of White Out

      Praise for Taipei:

      “[A] modernist masterpiece.”—New York Observer

      “Mr. Lin casts a spell in Taipei… it has distant echoes of early Hemingway, as filtered through Twitter and Klonopin.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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    The Templars' Last Secret A Mystery of the French Countryside Martin Walker
    9781101970768 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: May 01, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 5.2 x 8 x 0.7 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Vintage
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      Bruno, chief of police, is back! When a mysterious death brings ancient secrets to light, it’s up to our food-loving hero to connect the dots.

      When a woman’s body is found at the foot of a cliff near the idyllic French town of St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands on the cliff above: the Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold that, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. With the help of Amélie, a young newcomer to the Dordogne, Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East—not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman’s ties to Islamic terrorists only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno’s is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the region in this tenth Mystery of the French Countryside.

      Publication History: Knopf HC, June 2017
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      MARTIN WALKER is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Black Diamond; Bruno, Chief of Police; The Children Return; The Crowded Grave; The Dark Vineyard; The Devil’s Cave; Fatal Pursuit; The Patriarch; and The Resistance Man, all international bestsellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

      Author Residence: Dordogne, France

      Author Hometown: London, England
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      “Enchanting.”—The New York Times Book Review

      “Fast-moving, totally engaging…. The joy of Mr. Walker’s Bruno series is the way the reader becomes immersed into [a] little-known corner of the world.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

      “Rich in atmosphere and personality, with characters bound by the tenacious strictures of history and memory. And almost without fail, everything stops for lunch. It’s impossible to read a Bruno novel without getting hungry and thirsty.”—The New York Times

      “The Templars’ Last Secret brings back [the] immensely appealing, sharp-witted Inspector Bruno…. Walker likes to mix rural France’s pleasures with surprising themes…. [But] none of this negates Bruno’s daily life—including his inability to resist good food.”—The Seattle Times

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    Captive Audience On Love and Reality TV Lucas Mann
    9780525435549 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date: May 01, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 4.6 x 7.7 x 0.8 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Vintage
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      An intimate portrait of a marriage intertwined with a meditation on reality TV that reveals surprising connections and the meaning of an authentic life. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.

      In Lucas Mann’s trademark vein—fiercely intelligent, self-deprecating, brilliantly observed, idiosyncratic, personal, funny, and infuriating—Captive Audience is an appreciation of reality television wrapped inside a love letter to his wife, with whom he shares the guilty pleasure of watching “real” people bare their souls in search of celebrity. Captive Audience resides at the intersection of popular culture with the personal; the exhibitionist impulse, with the schadenfreude of the vicarious, and in confronting some of our most suspect impulses achieves a heightened sense of what it means to live an authentic life and what it means to love a person.
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      LUCAS MANN was born in New York City and received his MFA from the University of Iowa, where he was the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. He is also the author of Lord Fear: A Memoir, which was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Miami Herald, Kirkus Reviews, Paper Magazine, Largehearted Boy, and Oprah, and Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by The San Francisco Chronicle. His essays have appeared in Guernica, BuzzFeed, Slate, and The Kenyon Review, among others. He recently received a 2018 NEA Fellowship for Literature. He teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife.

      Author Residence: Providence, RI

      Author Hometown: New York, NY
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      “If Mann doesn’t quite elevate reality TV to an art form—and that’s unlikely his intention—he makes a persuasive argument for readers to sit up and take notice. The cultural implications are perhaps more potent than we’d like to believe. An immensely captivating consideration of reality TV and a moving reflection on marriage.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

      “What other book goes so boldly into the insatiable need to be seen? Who else is as tough on his own perceptions? I already knew Lucas Mann was a wonder of a writer, but Captive Audience is his best book yet: a tender, humane, comic, brainy, unsettling achievement.” —Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship

      “I’m an ardent admirer of Lucas Mann’s work. Captive Audience shows us how to do ‘media criticism’ the right way or rather the wrong way, the more electric and exciting way: The target is never out there; it’s in here. A galvanizing, illuminating, and nervy book.” —David Shields, author of Other People and Reality Hunger

      “Exuberantly intelligent and thoughtfully romantic, Captive Audience is an ode to two of America’s favorite pastimes: falling in love, and watching ourselves on TV.  With uncommon insight and humor, Lucas Mann weaves a textile of analysis, feeling, and good old-fashioned voyeurism that not only captivates but entertains.” —Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

      “I was initially drawn to Captive Audience’s smashing critical analysis and savvy pop culture apologies, but what I ended up cherishing most of all is this book’s vivid portraiture. Mann has written a soulful recounting of not just a decade of watching reality TV as it has evolved past entertainment into something more complex, public, and even sinister, but a story of doing so alongside another person—a beloved life partner, nonetheless, with whom his shared reality also evolves and deepens. Who could have imagined that one of the most evocative love stories I’ve read in ages would be mixed into heady investigations of Joe Millionaire, COPS, and Vanderpump Rules?” —Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses

      “Over and over again, while reading Captive Audience, I was struck by Lucas Mann’s refusal to be satisfied by the insights that might satisfy another writer. Instead, he questions each of these insights: digs under it, complicates it, wonders why he felt inspired to utter it, wonders if its opposite might be just as true. The idea of epiphany makes him restless, but this restlessness is a gift to the rest of us. And running like a passionate ribbon through all of his ferocious questioning—about authenticity, presence, self-awareness and self-possession—is an unapologetic love story, full of the daily performances and unexpected grace of reality itself.” —Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams

      “This is book is about what it means to see and be seen. And more: it is about what it means to see and be seen in love. Lucas Mann always writes openly, even ecstatically, at the boundaries of the essay form. Captive Audience offers the pleasure of reading all these things: memoir, lucid cultural analysis, TV Guide, journalism, and, most of all, glorious love letters hurting with shared joys and naked vulnerability.”  —Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana

      “Lucas Mann’s Captive Audience is brilliant. From his funny, poignant ruminations on trashy TV to his quest to truly know his wife and to see himself through her eyes, Mann has deftly created a new kind of entertainment: a relationship that’s as addictive to witness as the best kinds of reality television, only real.” —Lindsay Hunter, author of Eat Only When You’re Hungry

      “There is no cultural critic in America like Lucas Mann. Perhaps that’s because he turns on the television and sees what you don’t—in the vulgar and striving world of reality television, he finds beauty and heart in the ambition that drove these over-tanned and underfed people to perform for us—and that brought us in to watch. Mann’s voice is filled with empathy, irony, and a tenderness that will make you laugh and then ache, sometimes within the span of a single, perfectly constructed sentence. Captive Audience is the definitive book on the aging but perennially renewed genre of reality TV, and there isn’t an author alive who could have written it better.”  —Kristen Radtke, author of Imagine Only Wanting This

      “Epistolary writing is custom-made for immodesty and oversharing, the kinds of filter-less self-display, as Lucas Mann shows us, that we happen to want from reality TV stars. But in this epistle to his wife, Mann explores their shared enthusiasm for reality television and proves there is insight and virtue to be found in examining the desire to be seen. He gets closer to that dimension of intimacy and love, in fact, than any spotlight-seeker yet who has beguiled us from our most private screens.” —Gregory Pardlo, author of Air Traffic
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    Policing the Black Man Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment Angela J. Davis, Bryan Stevenson, Marc Mauer, Bruce Western
    9780525436614 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies On Sale Date: May 15, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 5.1 x 8 x 0.8 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Vintage
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      A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.

      Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. The coauthors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court’s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system. Policing the Black Man is an enlightening must-read for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.
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      ANGELA J. DAVIS, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is a professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law and the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor.

      Author Residence: Washington, D.C.
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      “Somewhere among the anger, mourning and malice that Policing the Black Man documents lies the pursuit of justice. This powerful book demands our fierce attention.”—Toni Morrison

      Policing the Black Man is a social-political mitzvah. With statistics in one hand and true beating heart in the other, these writers deconstruct the monolith of racism and the conscious and unconscious deadly intent of the powers that be.”—Walter Mosley

      “Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States criminal justice system often victimizes black males…. An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable.”—Kirkus Reviews

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    Augustown A Novel Kei Miller
    9781101974094 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 15, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 5.2 x 7.95 x 0.63 in | 258 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Vintage
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      Vividly bringing to life Jamaica in the 1980s, Augustown is a masterpiece of poetic prose that follows one family’s struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.

      Ma Taffy may be blind, but she sees everything. So when her great-nephew Kaia comes home from school in tears, what she senses sends a deep fear running through her. A teacher has cut off Kaia’s dreadlocks—a violation of his Rastafari beliefs—and this single impulsive action will have ramifications that stretch throughout the entire community. For Kaia’s story brings back memories from Ma Taffy’s youth, including the legend of the flying preacherman and his ties to the history of Jamaican oppression and resistance—all of which will reverberate forward to the present and change Augustown forever.

      Story Locale: Jamaica
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      KEI MILLER was born in Jamaica in 1978. He has published two novels, The Last Warner Woman and The Same Earth (unpublished in the U.S.), as well as several collections of poetry and a book of short stories, The Fear of Stones and Other Stories, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. In 2014, he won the prestigious Forward Prize for Best Collection, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion. He lives in London and teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

      Author Residence: London, England

      Author Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
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      A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2017

      “A rueful portrait of the enduring struggle between those who reject an impoverished life…and the forces that hold them in check…. Miller infuses his lyrical descriptions of the island’s present with the weight of its history.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      Augustown is a gorgeously plotted, sharply convincing, achingly urgent novel deserving widespread attention.”—Booklist (starred review)

      “Miller’s novel exhales the breathy immediacy of the here and now…. Augustown offers a compelling variation on the theme that black lives matter…. As with Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, it demands [to] be heard.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
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    Series: VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES
    Saints for All Occasions A novel J. Courtney Sullivan
    9780307949806 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 29, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.2 x 8 x 0.89 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Vintage
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      The New York Times bestselling author of Maine and Commencement returns with an elegant and masterful family saga about the sacred bond between two sisters.

      It’s been half a century since sisters Theresa and Nora fell out of each other’s lives. After traveling to America from the Irish village of their childhood, an unspoken devastation forced the two down separate paths. Serious, somber Nora becomes the matriarch of a large Catholic family, raising four children. Once vivacious and adventurous, Theresa is now a cloistered nun in rural Vermont. When a sudden death sends the family reeling, Nora and Theresa are forced to confront the choices that split them apart in the first place. The secrets they’ve kept since they were young women in Boston in the 1950s have haunted them for decades, but finally shedding light on their guilt may be the salve that heals their broken bond. With a tender touch and a weaver’s expertise, Sullivan tells the unforgettable story of two complicated and resilient women.
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      J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Engagements, Maine, and Commencement. Maine was named a 2011 Time magazine Best Book of the Year and a Washington Post Notable Book. The Engagements was one of People magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year, and has been translated into seventeen languages. She has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

      Author Hometown: Milton, MA
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      “Fabulous and smart.”—Emma Straub, The New York Times

      “Moving…. Eloquently testifies to the durability of the fabric of family…. Touched with…warmth, kindness and gentle wisdom.”—Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

      “A breathtaking literary ode to life, change, and the unbreakable bonds of family.”—Redbook

      “Carefully plotted…. Sullivan succeeds in creating a believably complicated, clannish Irish-American family…. Engrossing.”—Suzanne Berne, The New York Times

      “An engrossing family drama…. Sullivan’s profound understanding of her characters and the Irish-Catholic culture that defines them illuminates every scene.”—Kim Hubbard, People magazine

      “This year’s best book about family…. Elegant…. Captivating…. Deft and insightful…. A quiet masterpiece…impressive. Saints for All Occasions is so unassuming that its artistry looks practically invisible. In a simple style that never commits a flutter of extravagance, Sullivan draws us into the lives of the Raffertys and in the rare miracle of fiction makes us care about them like they were our own family.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

      “A blockbuster…. An engrossing family drama with feisty humor and transformative tough love.”—Elle

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    Gork, the Teenage Dragon A Novel Gabe Hudson
    9780375713415 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 26, 2018
    $22.00 CAD 5.17 x 8.01 x 0.9 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Vintage
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      A wacky, exuberant, heartfelt debut novel: the unholy child of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, and Sixteen Candles—this time with dragons.

      Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious—the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important day of his life: before his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they’ll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave.

      Vying with Jocks, Nerds, Mutants, and Multi-Dimensioners to find his mate, Gork encounters an unforgettable cast of friends and foes, including Dr. Terrible, the mad scientist; Fribby, a robot dragon obsessed with death; and Metheldra, a healer specializing in acupuncture with swords. But it is Gork’s biggest perceived weakness, his huge heart, that will guide him through his epic quest and help him reach his ultimate destination: planet Earth.

      A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork, the Teenage Dragon is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut novel that shows us just how human a dragon can be.


      Story Locale: The fictional planet Blegwethia; planet Earth
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      GABE HUDSON is the author of Dear Mr. President, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hudson was named one of Granta’s 20 Best of Young American Novelists. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s, Black Book, and Granta. He lives in Brooklyn.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

      Author Hometown: Austin, TX; Raleigh, NC
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      Advance praise for Gork, the Teenage Dragon

      “No good human won’t love this dragon named Gork.”—Dave Eggers, author of Heroes of the Frontier and The Circle

      “A one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story.”—Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

      “Like nothing you’ve ever read before—a quirky, wildly fun ride.”—BuzzFeed’s “Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer”

      “It’s hard not to love a story about a dragon with a spaceship that cribs its plot from a John Hughes movie. The hyperkinetic teen-dragon comedy-romance you never knew you wanted.”—KirkusReviews

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    The Sword of Justice A Bäckström Novel Leif G. W. Persson
    9781101872956 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: June 05, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.3 x 8 x 1.2 in | 720 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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      In the magnificent third installment of the internationally bestselling Bӓckström series, the irascible detective becomes entangled in an investigation with—incredibly—strange ties to Tsar Nicholas II, Winston Churchill, and Vladimir Putin. A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original.

      Murder isn’t often good news. But when DS Evert Bӓckström is told that Thomas Eriksson—a mafia lawyer and renowned defender of the guilty—has been killed, he can’t help but celebrate, perhaps with a little vodka. Bäckström’s good mood is spoiled, however, when he’s assigned to the frustrating case, as narrowing down the list of people who wanted Eriksson dead is almost impossible. It’s miles long! Fortunately, Bӓckström has spent years cultivating a group of questionable acquaintances and shady associates who will prove invaluable in solving the crime—as long as his colleagues don’t find out about these illicit connections, or that Bӓckström owes them a few favors. But even the dirtiest cop couldn’t have predicted that this trail would lead to a priceless Fabergé music box created for Tsar Nicholas II, with a history as notorious as it is singular.

      Story Locale: Sweden
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      Leif G.W. Persson has chronicled the political and social development of modern Swedish society in his award-winning novels for more than three decades. He has served as an adviser to the Swedish ministry of justice and is Sweden’s most renowned psychological profiler. A professor at the Swedish National Police Board, he is considered the country’s foremost expert on crime.

      Author Residence: Sweden
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      “Riotous…. Persson hilariously skewers contemporary police work and society’s corrupted demands on the profession in, as he calls it in an author’s note, this ‘wicked tale for grown-up children.’” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Unquestionably among the most entertaining you can find in the season’s crop of Swedish crime fiction.” Expressen (Sweden)

      “Leif GW Persson is a highly intelligent entertainer, able to make the reader writhe with laughter on one hand and flinch over the sharp and critical depictions of contemporary society on the other…. To put it simply, I haven’t had this much fun reading a crime novel in a long time.” Skanska Dagbladet (Sweden)

      “Leif GW Persson undoubtedly writes the most entertaining crime literature in Sweden right now, not least because of the priceless police detective Bäckströma con man whom we love to hate.” Dala-Demokraten (Sweden)

      “Despiteor thanks toBäckström’s asinine character the plot strands are elegantly woven together into a powerful whole that satisfies the readers’ desire for a titillating cast of characters, strange coincidences, and a waft of history.” Aftonbladet (Sweden)
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    You Should Have Left A Novel Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin
    9780525432913 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 12, 2018
    $21.00 CAD 5.19 x 7.96 x 0.35 in | 132 pages Carton Quantity: 68 Vintage
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      An eerie haunted house chiller from the international bestselling author of Measuring the World and F.

      Told in the form of a journal, You Should Have Left follows the seven days that a screenwriter, his wife, and their four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany—a house that thwarts the expectations of the narrator’s recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. He is eager to finish a screenplay for a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around him—and within him.

      Publication History: Pantheon HC, June 2017
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      DANIEL KEHLMANN was born in Munich in 1975 and lives in Berlin and New York. His works have won the Candide Prize, the Doderer Prize, the Kleist Prize, the Welt Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages and is one of the greatest successes in postwar German literature.

      Author Residence: New York, NY

      Author Hometown: Munich, GERMANY
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      “[A] mind-bending novella…. Pleasantly unsettling.”—The New York Times

      “[A] riveting pocket-size novel.”—Entertainment Weekly

      “Clever, exquisitely terrifying…. [Kehlmann] makes entertainment out of metaphysics and is open to more than the occasional haunting: casual talk of ghosts, comic flights of lunacy, excursions into hypnosis, crises of faith.”—Harper’s Magazine

      “A masterclass in economical storytelling, meticulously attentive prose and imaginative agility. Kehlmann creates narrative complexity with the deftest of strokes.”—Literary Review

      “A book to keep you up at night…. A beautifully crafted exercise in terror from one of Germany’s most celebrated contemporary authors.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “A quick, fun breathless read. It’s inventive and scary—and a delightful take on the writing life.”—HuffPost

      “Kehlmann makes deft use of horror staples and offers commentary on the distinction between art and life.”—Publishers Weekly

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    Series: VINTAGE DEPARTURES
    Shark Drunk Morten Stroksnes
    9781101972939 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers On Sale Date: June 12, 2018
    $22.95 CAD 5.2 x 8 x 0.7 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Vintage
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      Description
      A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean, for readers of Bill Bryson and such classics as The Snow Leopard.

      In the great depths surrounding the Lofoten islands in Norway lives the infamous Greenland shark. At twenty-six feet in length and weighing more than a ton, it is truly a beast to behold. But the shark is not known for its size alone: its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Shark Drunk is the true story of two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed creature—from a tiny rubber boat. Together, the two men tackle existential questions, survive the world’s most powerful maelstrom, and, yes, get drunk, as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle, drawing on poetry, science, history, ecology, mythology, and their own, sometimes intoxicated, observations.

      Story Locale: Norway
      Bio
      MORTEN STRØKSNES is a Norwegian journalist and writer. He has published eight critically acclaimed books of literary reportage and contributed to several others.

      Translated by Tiina Nunnally.


      Author Residence: Oslo, Norway
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    • Awards & Reviews

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      “Strøksnes follows his capacious curiosity…. The end result reads a bit as if Geoff Dyer had written ’Jaws.’” —The New York Times

      “Melville’s Ahab and Hemingway’s Old Man spring to mind…. Rich and fascinating…. Morten Strøksnes’s clever trick is to remind us for one last time that the catching of the big fish is the least important part of the story.” —The Wall Street Journal

      “An epic fishing trip reels in fascinating sea lore in this briny eco-adventure…. The author ponders everything related to the ocean, including bizarre luminous squids of the inky depths, frolicking orca pods and sperm whales, ancient disquisitions on maritime monsters, flinty islanders who live off the sea, and the close, testy relationships between fishing friends. Strøksnes’s erudition, salty humor, and unfussy prose yield a fresh, engrossing natural history.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      “Accomplished Norwegian historian, journalist, and photographer Strøksnes invites readers into the fantastical ocean environment of his quest to capture a Greenland shark…. Readers will happily devour this smorgasbord of delights.” —Kirkus Reviews

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