September 2018 Fiction: Literary

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    Waiting for Eden A novel Elliot Ackerman
    9781101947395 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 25, 2018
    $29.95 CAD 4.82 x 7.53 x 0.79 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Knopf
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      From the National Book Award finalist, a breathtakingly spare and shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives.

      Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn’t make it back home—and who narrates the novel. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden’s re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage—and about his life before he went to war—come to the surface. Is Eden the same man he once was: a husband, a friend, a father-to-be? What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.


      Story Locale: San Antonio, Texas
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      ELLIOT ACKERMAN is the author of the novels Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Green on Blue. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

      Author Residence: New York; Washington, D.C.

      Author Hometown: Los Angeles
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        Marketing: Litbreaker Network ads on sites such as Paris Review, BookPage, The Millions, and others

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        Special mailing with letter from Elliot

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        Publicity: National Media Attention including NPR and Print Features

        National Online Interviews, Reviews and Literary Blog Coverage

        Women’s and Men’s Magazine Coverage

        Author Tour to NYC, Boston, DC, SF, LA, Seattle



        Author Social Media: Twitter: @elliotackerman IG: @elliot.ackerman
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      “Heart-wrenching.” —Rachel Martin, Morning Edition/NPR
        
      “Devastating.” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

      “How often does one encounter a novel as perfectly shaped, as fresh, as subtle and as explosive as this? I couldn’t turn away from Elliot Ackerman’s latest taut wonder, and when I got to the final page, I wanted to start all over again, in the light of the haunting last words. Patiently, and unflinchingly, Ackerman is becoming one of the great poet laureates of America’s tragic adventurism across the globe.” Pico Iyer, author of The Art of Stillness

      “Masterly…Brilliant…In his short novel, Ackerman accomplishes what a mountain of maximalist books have rarely delivered over tens of thousands of pages and a few decades: He makes pure character-based literary art, dedicated only to deeply human storytelling…Rachel Cusk’s Outline trilogy and Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation have created similarly shimmering portraits of humans at rest and fury… Ackerman explore[s] conflicted, confused true love in such elegant and humane ways that you will come to question everything you think you know about the meanings of romance and fidelity…The micro-level power of his unadorned and direct prose lies in no less than an attempt to contain and dramatize the darkness and light of our souls…To identify this book as a novel seems inadequate: Waiting for Eden is a sculpture chiseled from the rarest slab of life experience.” —Anthony Swofford, New York Times Book Review

      “A slim heartbreaker about a war veteran who reflects on his troubled, secretive marriage.”Entertainment Weekly

      “A classic triangle story of love and friendship, a ghost story, a captivity narrative, and a study of human endurance…all of it easily read in one sitting…Ackerman’s novel quietly suggests that America itself is a ghost story, and we are all in the act of waiting for Eden.” —Brian Turner, Washington Post

      “Haunting…Daring…Ackerman’s spare but vivid prose conveys everything it needs to convey.” —Michael Upchurch, Boston Globe

      “A novel about life-or-death decisions…Part of a long tradition of slim novels that take place almost entirely on Christmas, stretching back to Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol …Ultimately hopeful.”—Erin Vanderhoof, Vanity Fair

      “Ackerman further shows himself to be the Tim O’Brien of our era.” Vogue

      “With Waiting for Eden, Elliot Ackerman tells a story that cuts straight to the heart of the human condition. His sentences are elegant in their concision and directness, and they reveal as much about grief, love, and our duties to each other as any book I can recall reading. It’s a bold, ambitious project even in its most quiet moments, for it asks no less than where we draw the line around the inherent value of human life. This is a devastatingly sad and compassionate piece of work. Extraordinary.” —Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins

      “Far more than a war story…A tautly written, gripping read…Part mystery, part thriller, part unconventional love story, Waiting for Eden explores with gravity and sensitivity the profound questions of love and fidelity, duty and honor, and how one creates a life worth living.”—Julia Tagliere, Washington Independent Review of Books


      “With sparse prose and a deft pen, Ackerman writes a profound meditation on the liminal space between our past, present, and future.” Library Journal (starred)
       
      “Gorgeously constructed…Unique…A deeply moving portrayal of how grief can begin even while our loved ones still cling to life…A wonderful novel.”Booklist (starred)

      “Heartbreaking…A deeply touching exploration of resentment, longing, and loss.” Publishers Weekly (starred)

      Eden is a masterful work, haunting and enduring…Tugs at the heartstrings…Engrossing…Ackerman displays his writing craft magnificently…A suspenseful tale that reveals the deepest recesses of human lives, hopes, and dashed dreams.”—Jim Ewing, Mississippi Clarion Ledger

      "An affecting, spare, and unusual novel. ”Kirkus Reviews (starred)
       
      “Packed with love, pain, and guilt, but above all, a meditation on the legacies we leave behind.” BookPage
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    Splitsville Howard Akler Canada
    9781552453735 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 01, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 8.05 x 5.1 x 0.42 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      A bookseller's love affair, start to finish, against the backdrop of a city in protest. It's 1971. Hal Sachs runs a used bookstore. Business isn't so great, and the store is in a part of Toronto that's about to be paved over with a behemoth expressway. And then Hal meets Lily Klein, an activist schoolteacher who'll do just about anything to stop the highway. It's love at first sight. Until it isn't. And then Hal vanishes. A half-century later, Hal's nephew, Aitch, waits for his baby to be born as he tries to piece together facts and fictions about Hal's disappearance. Splitsville is a diamond-cut love letter to a city whose defining moment was to say 'no way' to a highway, and a look at the obsessions that carry down through a family.
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      Howard Akler is the author of The City Man, which was shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Prize, and the City of Toronto Book Award, and Men of Action, an essay about consciousness and fatherhood, also nominated for the City of Toronto Book Award.
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    9781937512750 Paperback FICTION / Literary Age (years) from 17 - 99 On Sale Date: September 28, 2018
    $25.50 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.89 in | 353 pages Carton Quantity: 33 Canadian Rights: Y Two Dollar Radio
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      *2018Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
      *Longlisted for the 2019 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
      *A Best Book of 2018
      —Kirkus Reviews,BuzzFeed News, Entropy,LitReactor, LitHub
      *35 Over 35 Award 2018
      *One of the Most Anticipated Books of the FallVulture,Harper's BAZAAR,BuzzFeed News,Publishers Weekly,The Millions,Bustle,Fast Company

      It’s 16-year-old Edie who finds their mother Marianne dangling in the living room from an old jump rope, puddle of urine on the floor, barely alive. Upstairs, 14-year-old Mae had fallen into one of her trances, often a result of feeling too closely attuned to her mother’s dark moods. After Marianne is unwillingly admitted to a mental hospital, Edie and Mae are forced to move from their childhood home in Louisiana to New York to live with their estranged father, Dennis, a former civil rights activist and literary figure on the other side of success.

      The girls, grieving and homesick, are at first wary of their father’s affection, but soon Mae and Edie’s close relationship begins to fall apart—Edie remains fiercely loyal to Marianne, convinced that Dennis is responsible for her mother’s downfall, while Mae, suffocated by her striking resemblances to her mother, feels pulled toward their father. The girls move in increasingly opposing and destructive directions as they struggle to cope with outsized pain, and as the history of Dennis and Marianne’s romantic past clicks into focus, the family fractures further.

      Moving through a selection of first-person accounts and written with a sinister sense of humor,The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish powerfully captures the quiet torment of two sisters craving the attention of a parent they can’t, and shouldn’t, have to themselves. In this captivating debut, Katya Apekina disquietingly crooks the lines between fact and fantasy, between escape and freedom, and between love and obsession.

      "The structure, characters and storyline are all refreshingly original, and the writing is nothing short of gorgeous. It's a stunningly accomplished book, and Apekina isn't afraid to grab her readers by the hand and take them to some very dark and very beautiful places."
      —Michael Schaub, NPR

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      Katya Apekina is the author of the novelThe Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish. She has had stories published inThe Iowa Review,Santa Monica Review,West Branch,Joyland,PANK and elsewhere, and has appeared on the Notable List of Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. She translated poetry and prose forNight Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008), which was short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She co-wrote the screenplay for the feature filmNew Orleans, Mon Amour, starring Elisabeth Moss, which premiered at SXSW in 2008. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
      Find out more here: apekina.com
      Twitter: @katyaapekina
      Instagram: @katyaapekina

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      "The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fishis brilliantly structured, with multiple characters narrating the events of the novel. It's an unusual technique that Apekina uses to stunning effect, creating a kind of narrative tension that propels the novel forward... The structure, characters and storyline are all refreshingly original, and the writing is nothing short of gorgeous. It's a stunningly accomplished book, and Apekina isn't afraid to grab her readers by the hand and take them to some very dark and very beautiful places."
      —Michael Schaub, NPR

      "It had been a minute since I sat down to read a new novel and found myself completely bowled over by it, swamped in it, enchanted with it... I read the whole thing in one evening, staying up late by the light of my bedside lamp to savor the last pages... Told by an ensemble of narrators and letters,The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish delicately unravels layers of family trauma and deeply entrenched injustice."
      Claire Fallon, HuffPost

      The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is a dark, brilliant tapestry... A stunning and feverishly readable debut, it is destined to send the most easy-going of readers spiraling into a book hangover."
      Lauren Dostal, Split Lip Magazine

      "This is one of those books that will ruin the fate of whatever's next on your to-be-read pile. The structure, well drawn characters, style and writing (oh the writing!) combine to make this a singular reading experience you'll want to hold onto long after the you've turned the last page. Telling the story through the eyes of multiple narrators creates a pastiche of voices that give it a fevered momentum, holding the reader like grim death throughout. Good luck attempting not to read this inone sitting."
      —The Book Table's Best Books of 2018, Javier's Book of the Year, Oak Park, IL

      "Sticky and binge-able!"
      —Molly Young, Read Like the Wind (March 2019 book recommendation)

      "Gender and power dynamics spasm and ripple out of control in the most intimate spaces and, simultaneously, in a broader American context, framed by the 1960s student movements and the New York art scene of the 1990s."
      —City Lights Booksellers, recommended by Ivy

      "[The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish] has a complex and ambitious structure, a whirl of first-person accounts..."
      —Marion Winik, National Book Critics Circle board member

      "Apekina presents a fascinating drama while exploring what it means to be an artist and what it means to be a muse within the framework of family. The novel’s ending is sublime."
      —Susan Scutti,The Carolina Quarterly

      "Dark yet bitingly funny, Apekina's debut evidences depth well worth the ugly."
      —Shelf Awareness (Lauren O'Brien of Malcolm Avenue Review)

      "A dynamic, fast paced story of two sisters trapped between equally flawed parents, both ill-equipped to put their daughters’ needs above their own.... Katya Apekina delivered debut writing at its best: fresh, gritty, compelling and thoroughly original."
      —Susie Boutry, Novel Visits

      "I really enjoyed this book. This is one of those books that I missed when I wasn't reading it... It's been a long time since I've liked a book this much." (5 out of 5 stars)
      —Vonnie, (Episode 115) 3 Book Girls Podcast

      “Sharp... Apekina adroitly employs the perspectives of a wide range of characters to expose complicated dynamics that propel this novel with a keen sense of urgency."
      —The National Book Review

      "Mental illness and the breakdown of relationships lie at the heart of this debut novel.”
      —Lauren Hubbard,Harper's BAZAAR 'The Best New Books to Read This September'

      “Apekina’s inventiveness with structure and sentence marks the book’s every page, and the result is a propulsive and electrifying look at how family—and art—can both break people and put them back together again. A dark and unforgettable first book.”
      Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "After Edie and Mae’s mother attempts suicide, the girls are sent from Louisiana to their estranged novelist father’s home in New York, lighting the spark for his new masterpiece and the family’s total destruction."
      Vulture 'New Books to Read This Fall'

      "A story about love and ownership, connection and obsession, this debut novel dives deep into family dynamics."
      —Maddy Foley,Bustle '11 Most Anticipated Books Published By Indie Presses To Have On Your Radar In 2018'

      “A novel examines the fraught relationship between artist and muse."
      Publishers Weekly 'Writers to Watch Fall 2018: Anticipated Debuts'

      "WithThe Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, Apekina establishes herself as a formidable voice in fiction — a writer to keep on your radar."
      BuzzFeed News 'These Are The Best Books Of Fall 2018'

      "Apekina’s debut novel plays with tricky family relationships and the way fact and fantasy, loyalty and obsession, can be so difficult to tease apart."
      The Millions 'Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2018 Book Preview'

      "Ambitious... a confident, piercing novel."
      Publishers Weekly

      "A hip, little book, told in engaging voice-driven prose. No other novel made me laugh as hard this year as Apekina's."
      —Joshua Mohr,LitReactor 'Best Books of 2018'

      "The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish exposes more than the inner workings of parent-child relationships and the darker shades of mental illness, it digs into pressing themes of today's political climate and the gendering of society."
      Tessa Rose, The Michigan Daily

      “The father character, a maniacally selfish writer, made me cringe, to put it lightly!”
      —Ottessa Moshfegh inGQ, author ofMy Year of Rest and Relaxation

      "Told polyphonically by an ensemble cast of characters,The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish explores the vast disparities between separate perspectives and the moral implications of the artist/muse relationship. [Bookseller] Katharine was captivated by this accomplished debut."
      —Unabridged Bookstore, Chicago, 'NEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018'

      "The dysfunctional family drama has been done and again but not like this. Katya Apekina's debut novel,The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is a stunning tour de force that tells the story of sisters Edith and Mae, who in the aftermath of their mother's suicide attempt are sent to live with their absentee father, a famed novelist, in New York. From there, personal histories intertwine with the present dropping hints and clues that build up to a torrential climax. The deeper it goes, the uglier it gets."
      Steve Shonder, Anderson's Bookshop La Grange

      "Katya Apekina is a writer of great intelligence, both intellectual and emotional; the evidence of which is abundantly clear in her powerful debut novel,The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish.”
      Zachary Lazar, author ofSway andI Pity the Poor Immigrant

      The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish begins with a reunion between two sisters and their estranged artist father. An unlikely intimacy grows out of this unusual situation, and we're shuttled into a strange, beautiful history of this complex, passionate family, a history which involves young love, the Civil Rights movement, and an enduring obsession. I was completely mesmerized by Katya Apekina’s thrilling, heartfelt debut. Funny, suspenseful, touching, and totally unexpected, I dare you not to love it as much as I did. Apekina has talent and heart to spare.”
      Anton DiSclafani, National Bestselling author ofThe Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

      The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is an engrossing debut—Apekina’s brilliant story of a family in crisis is a remarkable feat of empathy and insight, guided by unpredictable, propulsive storytelling. I was increasingly and helplessly hooked. I can’t believe this remarkable tour de force is a first novel.”
      —J. Ryan Stradal, author of theNew York Times BestsellerKitchens of the Great Midwest

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    Accidental Education of Jerome Lupien Yves Beauchemin Canada, Wayne Grady Canada
    9781487002800 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: September 25, 2018
    $24.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Arachnide Editions
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      Montreal student Jerome Lupien — libidinous, unscrupulous, and fresh out of university — is ambitious and at loose ends. Whether on a hunting trip into Québec’s northern woods, on an escape planned in good faith to Cuba, or seeking to make his way in Montreal, Jerome cannot help but be embroiled in misadventures and underworld escapades. He is conned by the devious — a hunting guide, a low-life car salesman, and, ultimately, a well-to-do political lobbyist profiting by the city’s infamously corrupt partnership of politicians wielding remunerative contracts and the construction firms in cahoots. The unwitting (though frequently culpable) young man is enrolled, whether he knows it or not, in an unconventional and criminal school. And the education is singular, not only for Jerome, but also the reader. The young man’s heady journey provides — as only Yves Beauchemin can do — an extraordinary, full, and trenchant portrait of Québec and the city of Montreal in all its topographical and class variety. Here is a mordant piece of social satire that is a marvelous entertainment and wonderfully traditional narrative too.
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      YVES BEAUCHEMIN is a mordant social satirist and one of the most pre-eminent Québecois writers of his generation. His novels include Charles the Bold, The Waitress of the Café Cherrier, and The Alley Cat, which was the bestselling French-Canadian novel of all time. He is also a children’s book writer and a member of the Académie des lettres du Québec. In 2011, he was awarded the Ludger-Duvernay Prize, which recognizes the outstanding contribution and societal influence of Quebec writers.

      WAYNE GRADY is the author of fourteen books of science and natural history and the editor of six anthologies of short stories. His translations of Daniel Poliquin’s Black Squirrel and Francine D’Amour’s Return from Africa were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and he is the winner of the John Glassco Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. He lives near Kingston, Ontario, with his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds.

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      PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN AND THE ACCIDENTAL EDUCATION OF JEROME LUPIEN

      “Beauchemin’s considerable skills as a narrator of improbable events deployed along a plot line ingeniously constructed remain on full display here. As does his sharp eye for broad but sharp description of buffoons spouting farrago and bravado, and his ear for telling declamations that immediately undercut their alleged intentions —everything we have learned to expect from the master.” — Winnipeg Free Press

      “Beauchemin’s prose is amiable and fluid.” — Quill & Quire

      “A moral story of initiation, vengeance, and redemption (and just a little bit of love) . . . reminiscent of Balzac’s Lost Illusions, Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, or Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations.” — Le Devoir

      PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN:

      “Beauchemin is a popular modern-day Dostoyevsky, using wit to land some hard-hitting jabs.” — Figaro Magazine

      “Yves Beauchemin . . . mirrors Balzac.” — Le Monde diplomatique

      “If Yves Beauchemin’s talent is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Quebec, he has also proven that authentic national literature has universal appeal.”— Le Monde

      “An amazing storyteller. Funny, moving, picaresque.” — Bernard Pivot, Apostrophes

      “Here is a true writer, with a prolific pen and a fertile imagination. His story constantly bounces back and forth and his writing is a pleasure for the eye and ear: Yves Beauchemin is earthy, funny, and tender.” — La Vie

      PRAISE FOR YVES BEAUCHEMIN AND CHARLES THE BOLD:

      “One of the great works of Canadian literature.” — Madeleine Thien

      “Charles the Bold is a daring, fascinating, funny, intense, sad story. Occasionally it’s frustrating, and occasionally it’s predictable. In other words, the story is as daring, fascinating, funny, intense, sad, frustrating, and predictable as Quebec.” — Montreal Gazette

      “This is a book to be read for the pleasure of it, for the characters we come to know and worry over, for the genuine suspense of all his childhood crises.” — Toronto Star

      PRAISE FOR A VERY BOLD LEAP

      “A stunning portrait of the wannabe artist as a young man.” —Globe and Mail

      “Beauchemin may just be Canada’s Dickens.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      PRAISE FOR THE ALLEY CAT

      “No one does Quebec roots literature better than Yves Beauchemin.” —Montreal Review of Books

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    9781941250266 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date: October 26, 2018
    $29.95 CAD 7 x 9.5 x 0.49 in | 142 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Uncivilized Books
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      Gabrielle Bell’s acclaimed collection explores a spectrum of human experience that ranges from the quotidian to the fantastical while always maintaining reliability. The characters of these stories, represented with a spare line, are deeply compelling, even in the finest minutiae of their struggles and triumphs. Culled from numerous anthologies,Cecil & Jordan in New Yorkcollects the best of Bell’s short stories and solidifies her place among today’s top cartoonists. This new softcover edition includes additional hard-to-find material not previously included in the original edition.

      Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected several times forBest American Comicsand theYale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured inMcSweeney’s, The Believer, Bookworm, andVice magazines. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was turned into a film by Michel Gondry.The Voyeurswas named one of the best Graphic Novels of the year byPublishers Weekly. Bell’s most recent book,Everything is Flammable, was on multiple best of 2017 lists, includingKirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, andPublishers Weekly’s Critics Poll. Gabrielle Bell currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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      Gabrielle Bell's work has been selected several times for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney's, The Believer, Bookforum and Vice magazines. Her story, Cecil and Jordan In New York," was turned into a film by Michel Gondry. The Voyeurs was named one of the best Graphic Novels of the year by Publishers Weekly. Gabrielle Bell currently lives in Brooklyn, NY."
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      “[Bell's Stories] capture tiny moments in life that make you reflect on yours."—Giant Robot

      "Some of today's most sharp yet subtle vignettes of 20-something urban ennui."—Dazed & Confused

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    Queen Solomon Tamara Faith Berger Canada
    9781552453728 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 01, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 8.05 x 5.13 x 0.58 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 37 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      The erotic awakening and mental disintegration of an intense young man who leaves home and enters the phantasm of Israel. It's just another boring summer for our teenaged narrator - until Barbra arrives. An Ethiopian Jew, Barbra was brought to Israel at age five, a part of Operation Solomon, and now our narrator's well-intentioned father has brought her, as a teen, to their home for the summer. But Barbra isn't the docile and grateful orphan they expect, and soon our narrator, terrified of her and drawn to her in equal measure, finds himself immersed in compulsive psychosexual games with her, as she binge-drinks and lies to his family. Things go terribly wrong, and Barbra flees. But seven years later, as our narrator is getting his life back on track, with a new girlfriend and a master's degree in Holocaust Studies underway, Barbra shows up at our narrator's house once again, her "spiritual teacher" in tow, and our narrator finds his politics, and his sanity, back in question.
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      Tamara Faith Berger was born in Toronto. She wrote porn stories for a living and attempted to make dirty films before publishing her first book, Lie With Me, in 1999. It was made into a film in 2004. In 2001, A Woman Alone at Night was published. These two novels were collected in Little Cat. Her third book, Maidenhead, won the 2012 Believer Book Award. She is also the author of Kuntalini and is writing for film and television.
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    Nocturne Tara Booth
    9781937541439 Hardcover COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Age (years) from 16 On Sale Date: September 22, 2018
    $22.50 CAD 6.48 x 8.13 x 0.42 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Canadian Rights: Y 2dcloud
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      Nocturne is Booth's first wide release, following her critically acclaimed short-run debut, DUII. In his wordless graphic novella, Booth covers autobiographical themes of mental health, anxiety and consent. Unable to sleep, Tara takes too much sleep medication and enters a dream soaked fantasia. A vivid and moody euphoric journey where dreams and hallucinations intersect.
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      Tara Booth is a 28 year old illustrator and comics artist from Philadelphia, currently based in Chicago. Her work has been featured on Mashable and in Bloomberg Magazine, It’s Nice That, and The Lifted Brow among other magazines and websites — but she’s probably best known for her content on Instagram, where she has over 55K followers.
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    Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife 1st edition Pan Bouyoucas Canada, Sheila Fischman Canada
    9781771832632 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: September 01, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.3 in | 125 pages Carton Quantity: 57 Guernica Editions
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      Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife addresses themes of destiny and the repercussions of our choices. Before she dies, actress Alma Joncas instructs her husband to bury her ashes where she was happiest. He decides that was their garden. But relatives, friends and Alma's colleagues disagree. After they tell him where they think she was happiest, not only is he no longer sure about the garden, he wonders if he truly knew the woman he was married to for twenty-four years.
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      Pan Bouyoucas is a Montreal novelist and playwright. Portrait is his fourth novel translated into English. The other three: A Father's Revenge, shortlisted for the Prix Ringuet; The Other, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award; and Anna Why, winner of the Prix des collégiens. Sheila Fischman is the award-winning translator of nearly 200 works of fiction from Quebec, including works by Michel Tremblay, Marie-Claire Blais, Anne Hébert and Yves Beauchemin. She has been awarded the Molson Prize in the Arts and is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal.
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    Original Prin Randy Boyagoda Canada
    9781771962452 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: September 25, 2018
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2018

      Eight months before he became a suicide bomber, Prin went to the zoo with his family. Following a cancer diagnosis, forty-year old Prin vows to become a better man and a better Catholic. He’s going to spend more time with his kids and better time with his wife, care for his recently divorced and aging parents, and also expand his cutting-edge research into the symbolism of the seahorse in Canadian literature. But when his historic college in downtown Toronto faces a shutdown and he meets with the condominium developers ready to take it over—including a foul-mouthed young Chinese entrepreneur and Wende, his sexy ex-girlfriend from graduate school—Prin hears the voice of God. Bewildered and divinely inspired, he goes to the Middle East, hoping to save both his college and his soul. Wende is coming, too. The first book in a planned trilogy, Original Prin is an entertaining and essential novel about family life, faith, temptation, and fanaticism. It’s a timely story about timeless truths, told with wise insight and great humour, confirming Randy Boyagoda’s place as one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers.

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      Randy Boyagoda is one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers. A regular presence on CBC Radio, his most recent novel, Beggar’s Feast, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. His first novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Born to Sri Lankan parents in Oshawa, he lives in Toronto with his wife and four children. He is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also Principal of St. Michael’s College.
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      “Gleaming ... Through his protagonist’s long and eventful life, Randy Boyagoda explores themes of shifting identity, of the diamond-hard determination to evade one’s destiny and of the inner landscapes of an island that itself undergoes a dramatic transformation ... an ambitious book that seeks to convey the sweep of history through the prism of one island. The lush style of Boyagoda’s prose suits the novel.” The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)


      “The Evelyn Waugh of the North.” —Books-in-Canada


      Governor of the Northern Province’s humour and liveliness are in welcome contrast to the dreary earnestness of so many similar books” —Quill & Quire


      “Boyagoda, a sharp and subtle writer, slips easily into many different characters’ heads and their internal rhythms, and lyrical lines abound … A satirical feast.” —The Globe and Mail


      “a multifaceted, engrossing story… Prepare for a verbal feast that will thoroughly entertain and satisfy, yet leave you hungering for more.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


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    Theory Dionne Brand Canada
    9780735274235 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 18, 2018
    $27.95 CAD 5.59 x 8.28 x 0.85 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Knopf Canada
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      A smart, sensual and witty novel about what happens when love and intellect are set on a collision course. This compact tour de force affirms Dionne Brand’s place as one of Canada’s most dazzling and influential artists.

      Theory begins as its narrator sets out, like many a graduate student, to write a wildly ambitious thesis on the past, present, and future of art, culture, race, gender, class, and politics—a revolutionary work that its author believes will synthesize and thereby transform the world.

      While our narrator tries to complete this magnum opus, three lovers enter the story, one after the other, each transforming the endeavour: first, there is beautiful and sensual Selah, who scoffs at the narrator’s constant tinkering with academic abstractions; then altruistic and passionate Yara, who rescues every lost soul who crosses her path; and finally, spiritual occultist Odalys, who values magic and superstition over the heady intellectual and cultural circles the narrator aspires to inhabit. Each galvanizing love affair (representing, in turn, the heart, the head and the spirit) upends and reorients the narrator’s life and, inevitably, requires an overhaul of the ever larger and more unwieldy dissertation, with results both humorous and poignant.

      By effortlessly telling this short, intense tale in the voice of an unnamed, ungendered (and brilliantly unreliable) narrator, Dionne Brand makes a bold statement not only about love and personhood, but about race and gender—and what can and cannot be articulated in prose when the forces that inhabit the space between words are greater than words themselves.

      A gorgeous, profoundly moving, word- and note-perfect novel of ideas that only a great artist at the height of her powers could write.


      Story Locale: Toronto, Ontario; Seville, Spain
      Bio
      DIONNE BRAND’s literary credentials are legion. Her most recent book of poetry, Ossuaries, won the Griffin Poetry Prize; her nine others include winners of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her novel In Another Place, Not Here was selected as a NYT Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book by the Globe and Mail; At the Full and Change of the Moon was selected a Best Book by the LA Times and What We All Long For won the Toronto Book Award. In 2006, Brand was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing, and was Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. In 2017, she was named to the Order of Canada. Brand is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Guayaguayare, Trinidad and Tobago
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        Blank notebook that features Theory on one cover, Blue Clerk on the other



        Publicity: Toronto - Book launch

        Fall 2018 literary festivals - IFOA accepted. Waiting for invitations from Calgary Wordfest, VIWF

        Tour to Montreal

        Extensive media coverage - print review

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      Awards
      OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2019, Short-listed
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      Praise for Dionne Brand:

      “A remarkable weaver of language.”—The Edmonton Journal

      “[Dionne Brand is] in the first tier of Canadian writers of literary fiction.”—Winnipeg Free Press

      “Brand’s Toronto is almost aggressively postmodern—a sensuous, seething metropolis where cultures and ethnicities rub shoulders and coexist in a kind of beautiful tension…. Brand’s sensibility is, unsurprisingly, highly poetic, which lends her prose a certain gnomic quality.”—The Globe and Mail

      “Brand roots her novels in the barest of reality; she succeeds in a kind of truth telling that remains with readers long after the book is closed.”—The Upcoming

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