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    The Siege of Troy A Novel Theodor Kallifatides, Marlaine Delargy
    9781590519714 Paperback FICTION / Coming of Age On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $19.99 CAD 5 x 7.49 x 0.6 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      In this perceptive retelling of The Iliad, a young Greek teacher draws on the enduring power of myth to help her students cope with the terrors of Nazi occupation.

      Bombs fall over a Greek village during World War II, and a teacher takes her students to a cave for shelter. There she tells them about another war—when the Greeks besieged Troy. Day after day, she recounts how the Greeks suffer from thirst, heat, and homesickness, and how the opponents meet—army against army, man against man. Helmets are cleaved, heads fly, blood flows. And everything had begun when Prince Paris of Troy fell in love with King Menelaus of Sparta’s wife, the beautiful Helen, and escaped with her to his homeland. Now Helen stands atop the city walls to witness the horrors set in motion by her flight. When her current and former loves face each other in battle, she knows that, whatever happens, she will be losing.

      Theodor Kallifatides provides remarkable psychological insight in his version of The Iliad, downplaying the role of the gods and delving into the mindsets of its mortal heroes. Homer’s epic comes to life with a renewed urgency that allows us to experience events as though firsthand, and reveals timeless truths about the senselessness of war and what it means to be human.


      Story Locale: Greece
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      Theodor Kallifatides has published more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have been translated around the world. Born in Greece in 1938, Kallifatides immigrated in 1964 to Sweden, where he began his literary career. As a translator, he has brought August Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman to Greek readers, and Giannis Ritsos and Mikis Theodorakis to Swedish ones. He has received numerous awards for his work in both Greece and Sweden. He lives in Sweden.

      Marlaine Delargy is best known for her translations of the work of Henning Mankell, John Ajvide Lindqvist, and Kristina Ohlsson. She is also the translator of Therese Bohman’s Eventide and Drowned (Other Press). She serves on the editorial board of the Swedish Book Review. She lives in Shropshire, England.


      Author Residence: Sweden
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      “Kallifatides has done a splendid job of retelling The Iliad…[The Siege of Troy] possesses the elegance and eloquence of simplicity. It’s a lovely introduction to Homer’s original.” —Booklist

      “An enigmatic teacher brings the Trojan War to unforgettable life, while her private ambiguity provides a compelling counterpoint to this concise and powerful novel.” —Shelf Awareness

      “Violent and poetic, with memorable psychological depth…Kallifatides’s reworking of Homer’s epic provides an intriguing take on the human dimension of the myth and strikes a rich, resonant note.” —Publishers Weekly

      “A unique retelling of The Iliad…This is a wonderful novel.” —Boston Globe, Most Anticipated Books of the Season

      Praise for Another Life:

      “Kallifatides has written an unusual and refreshing memoir…A fascinating look into a prolific author’s mind, especially welcome since there have not been enough English translations of his books.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “The work of Greek-born Swedish writer Theodor Kallifatides is not widely known in the United States. But based on the merits of his charming, late-life memoir…that shameful wrong needs to be righted. Slender in size, yet anything but slight in scope, this inviting meditation on age, writing and sense of place, beautifully translated into English by Marlaine Delargy, is witty, profound and thoroughly captivating…[an] exquisite book.” —BookPage

      “In his elegiac, tender meditation on migrations, both geographic and psychic—from one country to another, from one language to another, from youth to old age, from the time of the present to memories of the past—Kallifatides offers his reader a personal politics of the human.” —Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World
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    Inheritance A Novel Evelyn Toynton
    9781590519219 Paperback FICTION / Family Life On Sale Date: September 17, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 5.26 x 7.97 x 0.72 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      In this luminous novel about romance and illusion—and what’s left of love when they’re stripped away—an American Anglophile is drawn into the lives of a disintegrating aristocratic family.

      After the sudden death of her husband, Annie Devereaux flees to England, site of the nostalgic fantasies her father spun for her before he deserted the family. A chance encounter in London leads Annie to cancel her return to New York and move in with Julian, the disaffected, moody son of Helena Denby, a famous British geneticist. As their relationship progresses, Annie meets Julian’s sisters Isabel and Sasha, each of them fragile in her own way, and becomes infatuated with visions of their idyllic childhood in England’s West Country. But the more she uncovers about Julian’s past, the more he explodes into rage and violence. Finally tearing herself away, Annie winds up adrift in London, rescued from her loneliness only when she and Isabel form an unexpected bond.

      Slowly, with Isabel as her reluctant guide, Annie learns of the emotional devastation that Helena’s warped arrogance, her monstrous will to dominate, inflicted on her children. The family who once embodied Annie’s idealized conception of England is actually caught in a nightmare of betrayal and guilt that spirals inexorably into tragedy.


      Story Locale: England
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      Evelyn Toynton’s most recent book was Jackson Pollock, published by Yale University Press in 2012. Her novel Modern Art was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was translated into Russian; Other Press published her second novel, The Oriental Wife, which has been optioned for a film and published in a Greek translation. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic, American Scholar, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Salmagundi, and Prospect, among others, and have been reprinted in several anthologies, including Rereadings; Mentors, Muses & Monsters; and Table Talk from the Threepenny Review.

      Author Residence: England
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      “A well-told and gripping drama.” —Times Literary Supplement

      “Evocative…vivid…a knotty story ripe for discussion.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “A wordsmith of the highest order, Toynton…weaves a deeply cinematic story.” —Library Journal (starred review)

      “A finely phrased and observed piece of writing.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “An intense and beautifully written novel, a vivid portrayal of romantic Anglophilia and disillusionment, explored in all its sorrowful and comic complexity.” —Joan Brady, Whitbread Award–winning author of Theory of War

      “A scrupulously observed story of an American Anglophile confronted by the quirks, cruelties, and delusions of the English upper classes—I was fascinated.” —Lynn Freed, author of The Last Laugh

      “Evelyn Toynton’s riveting new novel, about an American in England and the aristocratic family who fascinate her, artfully explores the damage done by ideals and illusions, while exposing the underlying reality no one wants to acknowledge.” —Carole Angier, biographer of Jean Rhys and Primo Levi

      “Evelyn Toynton’s latest novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of an aristocratic English family whose inheritance is both glorious and grim. With her superb eye for cultural and psychological details, Toynton pulls us easily into a world that is at once familiar and uncommon, dark, witty, and achingly human.” —Elizabeth Benedict, author of Almost
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    Agnes A Novel Peter Stamm, Michael Hofmann
    9781590511534 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date: September 24, 2019
    $19.99 CAD 5.25 x 7.97 x 0.49 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      Peter Stamm’s best-selling debut novel, Agnes, now available for the first time in paperback.

      “Write a story about me,” Agnes said to her lover, “so I know what you think of me.” So he started to write the story of everything that had happened to them from the moment they met.

      At first, he works with Agnes to create a narrative that is most true to life, but as time passes and he grows more enamored with the narrative he has begun, he continues writing on his own, imagining a future for them after he reaches the present. Happy couples do not necessarily make for compelling reading, and as Agnes sees the unexpected plot he has planned for her, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur.

      In this unforgettable and haunting novel Stamm incisively examines the power of storytelling to influence thought and behavior, reaching a chilling conclusion.
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      Peter Stamm is the author of the novels To The Back of Beyond, Agnes, All Days Are Night, Seven Years, On a Day Like This, and Unformed Landscape, and the short-story collections We’re Flying and In Strange Gardens and Other Stories. His award-winning books have been translated into more than thirty languages. For his entire body of work and his accomplishments in fiction, he was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, and in 2014 he won the prestigious Friedrich Hölderlin Prize. He lives in Switzerland.

      Michael Hofmann has translated the work of Gottfried Benn, Hans Fallada, Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, and many others. In 2012 he was awarded the Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His Selected Poems was published in 2009, Where Have You Been? Selected Essays in 2014, and One Lark, One Horse: Poems in 2019. He lives in Florida and London.


      Author Residence: Switzerland
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    • Awards & Reviews

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      “A kind of parable…simple and haunting.” —New York Review of Books

      Agnes is a moody, unsettled, and elusive little fable—and it’s always interesting.” —Wall Street Journal

      “A haunting psychological study.” —The New Yorker

      “A provocative and mesmerizing book.” —Publishers Weekly

      “An urgent and unsettling read.” —Library Journal

      “This short novel should appeal to readers enchanted by [Stamm’s] elliptical style…an extended meditation on the interrelationship between life and fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “This tale moves briskly and plausibly toward the dark conclusion it announces at the outset. Stamm manages to dramatize the truism that writers become caught up in the world their words create, that readers become enamored of characters in fiction, and both mourn when characters suffer…gripping…unsettling.” —Booklist
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    The Bell of Treason The 1938 Munich Agreement in Czechoslovakia P. E. Caquet
    9781590510506 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: September 24, 2019
    $36.99 CAD 6.23 x 10.28 x 1.02 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      Drawing on a wealth of previously unexamined material, this staggering account sheds new light on the Allies’ responsibility for a landmark agreement that had dire consequences.
       
      On returning from Germany on September 30, 1938, after signing an agreement with Hitler on the carve-up of Czechoslovakia, Neville Chamberlain addressed the British crowds: “My good friends…I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.” Winston Churchill rejoined: “You have chosen dishonor and you will have war.”
       
      P. E. Caquet’s history of the events leading to the Munich Agreement and its aftermath is told for the first time from the point of view of the peoples of Czechoslovakia. Basing his work on previously unexamined sources, including press, memoirs, private journals, army plans, cabinet records, and radio, Caquet presents one of the most shameful episodes in modern European history. Among his most explosive revelations is the strength of the French and Czechoslovak forces before Munich; Germany’s dominance turns out to have been an illusion. The case for appeasement never existed.
       
      The result is a nail-biting story of diplomatic intrigue, perhaps the nearest thing to a morality play that history ever furnishes. The Czechoslovak authorities were Cassandras in their own country, the only ones who could see Hitler’s threat for what it was, and appeasement as the disaster it proved to be. In Caquet’s devastating account, their doomed struggle against extinction and the complacency of their notional allies finally gets the memorial it deserves.


      Story Locale: Czechoslovakia
      Bio
      P. E. Caquet is a senior member of Hughes Hall, Cambridge. His PhD was published as The Orient, the Liberal Movement, and the Eastern Crisis of 1839–41. Before studying as a historian at Cambridge, he lived for ten years in Prague. He is fluent in Czech, Slovak, French, and German.

      Author Residence: England
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        Author Website: www.pecaquet.com
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      The Bell of Treason focuses on the relatively neglected victim nation, Czechoslovakia, and how it experienced the fateful months from March through September 1938…important.” —New York Review of Books

      “The definitive history of a disgraceful event. A book both insightful and painful to read.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Accessible and well-written…an intelligent and valuable addition to WWII history.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Caquet’s powerful argument on the actions of the British and French in this crisis is strengthened by his points on Czechoslovakia itself…a moving account.” —Dublin Review of Books

      “Caquet revisits luminously one of the great ‘what-ifs’ of history. Carefully documenting every detail, but in white-hot language, he shows how Britain and France let slip at Munich in September 1938 their best chance of stopping Hitler. We see the Sudetenland crisis afresh through Czech eyes, and can measure at last the tragedy of that lively small country’s betrayal.” —Robert O. Paxton, author of The Anatomy of Fascism

      “The disastrous 1938 Munich conference eighty years ago is usually seen from the vantage point of the victorious Hitler or the supine Anglo-French. Caquet’s superb new account restores agency and subjectivity to the Czechoslovaks. Grippingly written with an eye for drama and dialogue, this book shows how close they came to resisting and just how traumatic the outcome was, not only for them but for the German democrats handed over to the Third Reich.” —Brendan Simms, author of Britain’s Europe

      “What strikes the modern reader is how this is so much more than mere history—it is a frightening exploration of dangers that we see in the world today: fake news, lying politicians, and narrow-minded nationalisms all conspiring to threaten what is decent and open and honest. In this respect The Bell of Treason is more than compelling reading: it is essential.” —Simon Mawer, author of The Glass Room
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    I Will Never See the World Again The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar
    9781590519929 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.59 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      A resilient Turkish writer’s inspiring account of his imprisonment that provides crucial insight into political censorship amidst the global rise of authoritarianism.
       
      The destiny I put down in my novel has become mine. I am now under arrest like the hero I created years ago. I await the decision that will determine my future, just as he awaited his. I am unaware of my destiny, which has perhaps already been decided, just as he was unaware of his. I suffer the pathetic torment of profound helplessness, just as he did.

      Like a cursed oracle, I foresaw my future years ago not knowing that it was my own.
       
      Confined in a cell four meters long, imprisoned on absurd, Kafkaesque charges, novelist Ahmet Altan is one of many writers persecuted by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s oppressive regime. In this extraordinary memoir, written from his prison cell, Altan reflects upon his sentence, on a life whittled down to a courtyard covered by bars, and on the hope and solace a writer’s mind can provide, even in the darkest places.


      Story Locale: Istanbul, Turkey
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      Ahmet Altan, born in 1950, is one of Turkey’s most important writers. In the purge following the failed coup of July 2016, Altan was sent to prison pending trial for giving “subliminal messages” in support of the coup. In February 2018 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for attempting to overthrow the government. Fifty-one Nobel laureates have signed an open letter to President Erdoğan calling for Altan’s release. Altan is the author of seven essay collections and ten novels.

      Yasemin Çongar is the co-founder and general director of P24, a nonprofit platform for independent journalism in Istanbul. She is also the founder of K24, a Turkish literary review, and, most recently, the Istanbul Literature House. An editor, essayist, and translator, Çongar is the author of four books in Turkish.


      Author Residence: Istanbul, Turkey
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      “Remarkable…Altan’s talent as a writer allowed him to communicate his experience in rich, haunting detail…Despite the oppressive, cruel darkness at the core of Altan’s memoir, his words shine like bioluminescent creatures patrolling the abyss…brilliant.” —NPR

      “The title of Mr. Altan’s book is the statement of a brutal fact, rather than a cry of despair. There is not a smidgen of self-pity in the memoir’s 212 pages. What emerges is this: You cannot jail my mind, and you cannot shut me up.” —New York Times

      “[I Will Never See the World Again] speaks for itself with such clarity, certainty and wisdom that only one thing needs to be said: read it. And then read it again…a radiant celebration of the inner resources of human beings…Its account of the creative process is sublime, among the most perfectly expressed analyses of that perpetually elusive phenomenon. And it is a triumph of the spirit.” —The Guardian

      “An inspiring testament to the human spirit. Through solitary days and aching bones, Altan shows us that dreams can escape the confines of a concrete cell and spread without limits.” —Newsweek

      “Luminous…Intertwining gritty detail with lyrical effusion, Altan’s narrative is a searing indictment of Turkey’s authoritarian regime and an inspiring testament to human resilience.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “[A] phenomenally inspiring memoir. Despite stifling, Kafka-esque circumstances, Altan channels freedom through his imagination.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “An inspiring account of the writing life and a chilling glimpse of authoritarianism’s slippery slope.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Both delicate and robust; there is a lyricism to this prose that the reader intuitively feels must somehow transcend language itself…a series of generous, enlightened, and deeply life-affirming meditations on what it means to be human in an inhuman world, Altan’s memoir liberates the soul even as it throws its author’s captivity into excruciatingly sharp relief.” —Irish Times

      “Eloquent and profoundly affecting…Altan’s account of living with courage and dignity in grossly unjust circumstances is a testament to human endurance, joining the ranks of the greatest prison memoirs.” —The Herald (Scotland)

      “I hope that everyone who can read, whatever their politics, reads Ahmet Altan’s response to his imprisonment. Repressive regimes hope that if they lock up writers they are also locking up ideas. This will always fail.” —Neil Gaiman

      “From the bowels of Erdogan’s prison system emerge these meditations on the vicissitudes of justice, products of a richly stocked mind, engrossing, sometimes profound, and remarkable for their equanimity.” —J. M. Coetzee

      “Remember the name Ahmet Altan! Add him to the great voices writing from prison across the centuries—Boethius, Cervantes, Gramsci, Soyinka, Solzhenitsyn—and be moved to tears and indignation by his story.” —Ariel Dorfman

      “Ahmet Altan’s memoir is a message in a bottle, a pearl in a bottle, smuggled out to us from Erdogan’s sea of darkness. A startling, heartbreaking testament, I Will Never See the World Again stands with those very rare books—by Frankl, Niemöller, Grossman, Levi, Solzhenitsyn—which bring truths from a furnace where lives are burned. Read this—it will explain why you ever read anything, why anyone ever writes.” —A. L. Kennedy

      “A deeply moving memoir, which resounds loudly with the sheer pleasure of writing. We owe Ahmet Altan a tremendous debt for the strength he has shown in sharing his story with us.” —Jon McGregor
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    Metropolitan Stories A Novel Christine Coulson
    9781590510582 Hardcover FICTION / City Life On Sale Date: October 08, 2019
    $30.00 CAD 5.32 x 7.77 x 0.92 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      “Only someone who deeply loves and understands the Metropolitan Museum could deliver such madcap, funny, magical, tender, intimate fables and stories.” —Maira Kalman, artist and bestselling author of The Principles of Uncertainty

      From a writer who worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than twenty-five years, an enchanting novel that shows us the Met that the public doesn’t see.

      Hidden behind the Picassos and Vermeers, the Temple of Dendur and the American Wing, exists another world: the hallways and offices, conservation studios, storerooms, and cafeteria that are home to the museum’s devoted and peculiar staff of 2,200 people—along with a few ghosts.

      A surreal love letter to this private side of the Met, Metropolitan Stories unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. The result is a novel bursting with magic, humor, and energetic detail, but also a beautiful book about introspection, an ode to lives lived for art, ultimately building a powerful collage of human experience and the world of the imagination.


      Story Locale: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
      Bio
      Christine Coulson began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991 as a summer intern in the European Paintings Department. She returned in 1994 and, over the next 25 years, rose through the ranks of the Museum, working in the Development Office, the Director’s Office, and the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. In 2019 she left the Met to write full-time.

      Author Residence: New York
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      “Coulson worked at the Met for 25 years…Now, she is writing in her own voice—and sometimes, in the voice of the artworks themselves. Her debut novel, Metropolitan Stories, goes behind the scenes at the museum. It’s a series of loosely connected stories about the people and objects that fill the galleries.” —NPR, “All Things Considered”

      “This series of vignettes goes beyond what a casual visitor to the museum might see and offers a witty, enjoyable look at the elegant and sometimes unhinged world that exists within its walls.” —Town and Country, The Must-Read Books of Fall 2019

      “A vivid, comedic, tender, and episodic debut…Coulson is emotionally keen, acerbically witty, fleetly imaginative, and lyrically resonant, her love for the Met, for humanness, and for beauty radiant on each surprising page.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “[A] sly, whimsical debut…Those who think they know [the Met] will be beguiled by the look behind the scenes; those unfamiliar with it will be prompted to make its acquaintance.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Delightful and sharply observed…Coulson’s erudition is worn lightly, and any worry that the Met’s self-importance has rubbed off on her is quickly banished by the author’s sly wit.” —New Criterion

      “In this series of loosely linked surreal vignettes, Coulson takes us on a tour of the hidden world that tourists never see…an alternative guidebook to [the Met’s] rich treasures.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Written with elegance, wit, and a flair for comic genius, Metropolitan Stories describes the museum world as it is and as it strives to be. Coulson is a brilliant narrator of the fantastical and the all-too-plausible excesses of curators and museum directors. Her infectious sense of fun, her steady flow of insights into the human heart and its foibles, her wanton but beady-eyed attention to blind ambition, her passion for art itself, and most of all her deep sense of human character make this not only a delightful book, but also a deeply rewarding one. It marks the emergence of a major new talent.” —Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree

      “Only someone who deeply loves and understands the Metropolitan Museum could deliver such madcap, funny, magical, tender, intimate fables and stories. We are swept away in the museum. Beauty abounds. Yearning too. The art literally comes to life. And it makes perfect sense.” —Maira Kalman, author of The Principles of Uncertainty

      “With Metropolitan Stories, Christine Coulson gives us a book as kaleidoscopic and enchanting as the museum it brings so imaginatively to life. Witty, enthralling, and utterly original, this novel is a treasure.” —Caroline Weber, Pulitzer Prize finalist for Proust’s Duchess and author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

      “This book—which is about art but really about life, and the afterlife of art—is a wonder. Coulson reverses the currency between spectator and spectacle, and in the process explodes the idea of how art lives. She accordions time, history, art theory, and the sub-sub culture of a massive public institution into 245 pages of mischievous, heart-tugging, and surreal fancy. My visits to the Met will never be the same.” —Leanne Shapton, National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author of Swimming Studies

      “Every painting, every tapestry, every fragile, gilded chair in the Met not only has a story, but gets to tell it, in Christine Coulson’s magical book. The history, humor, wonder, and—perhaps above all—beauty that Coulson absorbed in her twenty-five years at the museum burst forth from these pages, in her wry and imaginative tales of the people and objects that make the Met all that it is.” —Ariel Levy, staff writer for The New Yorker and New York Times bestselling author of The Rules Do Not Apply

      “Stories define museums, and none more so than the Met. But it takes imagination as much as knowledge to recognize and appreciate them, as Christine Coulson’s enchanting novel reveals. Melding fact and fiction, art history and autobiography, her strange tales of mutually dependent artworks and caretakers beat with a pulse that oscillates between the real and the unreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary. More than any scholar or connoisseur, Coulson’s exquisite book captures the essence of the Met—its ability to delight, surprise, astonish, and, ultimately, to dream.” —Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge, the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute
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    The Dollmaker A Novel Nina Allan
    9781590519936 Paperback FICTION / Gothic On Sale Date: October 15, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 5.55 x 8.48 x 1.06 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      A love story of two very real, unusual people, and a novel rich with wonders that shines a radically different light on society’s marginal figures.

      Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that’s why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector’s magazine.

      Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her.

      On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin—potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice—to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life.


      Story Locale: England
      Bio
      Nina Allan is a novelist and short story writer. Her previous fiction has won several prizes, including the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel, the Novella Award and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire for Best Translated Work. She lives and works in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute. The Dollmaker is her third novel.

      Author Residence: England
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        Publicity: Campaign highlighting author’s international success & awards

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        National and local radio outreach, including NPR shows

        Online review and feature coverage (Literary Hub, Vice, Huffington Post, etc.)

        Review & feature coverage in art, romance, literary interest media



        Author Website: http://www.ninaallan.co.uk/
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “Beautifully written and deeply strange.” —The Times (UK)

      “[Allan’s] literary sensibility fuses the fantastic and the mundane to great effect.” —The Guardian

      “Exquisitely dark…the novel’s unusual structure and compelling characters weave a hypnotic plot.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “This uncanny novel of longed-for connection is worth the effort.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Exquisite…Whether read as a romance, a fairy tale, a lament, or combinations of the three: The Dollmaker is a bewitching story.” —Foreword Reviews (starred review)

      “The rich imagery, sentence construction, and deft storytelling lend the novel charm and readability.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Reading Nina Allan is the literary equivalent of getting lost in a steampunk-inspired, cutting edge fashion show, letting antique-looking fabrics run through your fingers while you dream of places you’ve never seen. Her books are cabinets of curiosities, are ye olde shoppes brought to life, are archaeological excavations of the questions that press upon us most urgently.” —Book Riot

      “[An] unsettling, intricately constructed, and teasingly elliptical tale of misfits, outcasts, and outsiders…[Allan’s] talents are evident.” —Daily Mail

      “With distinctly Gothic overtones and a creepy Nabokovian narrator…[The Dollmaker moves] toward fabulation, horror, and even dystopian SF…The stories themselves are worth the price of admission, disturbing non-fairy tales that occupy a territory somewhere between Angela Carter and the more mordant side of Daphne du Maurier…The Dollmaker is a novel that recedes deeper into its own hall of mirrors as you read it, and it’s compelling in the same way: you want to find your way out of these reflections, but you want to savor them as well.” —Locus

      “A uniquely beautiful read.” —Image Magazine

      “Macabre and spine-chilling…The Dollmaker is atmospherically dark and Allan has written a timeless tale.” —Sunday Times (South Africa)

      “In clean, beautiful, agile prose, Nina Allan is able to conjure a recognizable England and a place of deep enchantment. The world of The Dollmaker is not only one we know, it seems to know us, and readers will lose and find themselves inside Allan’s wonderful creation. A fantastic book, revealing a zone of wonder and a world of truth.” —Andrew O’Hagan, author of The Illuminations

      “Amazing experiments are still possible with the form of the novel! I was deeply impressed by the complexity of this elegant, beautiful and subtly scary book.” —Daniel Kehlmann, author of Measuring the World

      “Mesmerizing, richly layered and wholly original—worthy of a modern Grimm.” —Andrew Caldecott, author of Rotherweird

      “As uncanny and disquieting as a Hans Bellmer photograph, yet rooted—like all of Nina Allan’s superb novels—in a minutely observed everyday reality that feels almost too familiar. This is a masterful and multi-layered haunted toyshop of a novel, but who exactly is playing with who?” —Tony White, author of The Fountain in the Forest

      “A beautifully uncanny tale in which each moment chimes against every other, doubles abounding, until you—along with the characters—are not sure where flesh becomes doll and vice versa. A haunting meditation on the relation of art to life that will leave you quietly unsettled, and better for it.” —Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World
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    If A Mother's Memoir Lise Marzouk, Adriana Hunter
    9781590510971 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date: October 29, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 5.23 x 7.99 x 0.92 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      Description
      An eloquent, heartfelt account of a young boy’s fight with cancer and of a mother’s determination and resilience, which see their family through to his recovery.

      As her ten-year-old son sits at the kitchen table one evening, Lise Marzouk inspects his mouth and discovers an unusual growth, which doctors later confirm is cancerous. When he is hospitalized at the Curie Institute in Paris for lymphoma treatment, Lise finds herself torn between two worlds, one at his bedside, and the other at home with her two younger children, struggling to maintain a sense of stability in their lives. And so she writes—of their fears and doubts, but also of their moments of tenderness and joy—and through these memories, stories, and reveries, she arrives at a deeper understanding of herself as a woman, a mother, and a writer.

      Brimming with a rebellious sense of hope, If offers an intimate look at how a mother’s love and support enabled her family to come out of a devastating experience stronger and more connected.


      Story Locale: Paris, France
      Bio
      Lise Marzouk has published several nonfiction titles in France on myths and the imaginary. If is her first memoir and English-language debut.

      Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than fifty books including Camille Laurens’s Who You Think I Am and Hervé Le Tellier’s Eléctrico W, winner of the French-American Foundation’s 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction. She lives in Kent, England.


      Author Residence: France
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        Publicity: Pursuit of placement of original essays on motherhood, parenting a child with cancer in major national publications (Time, Parents, NYT Magazine)

        National review and feature outreach to print long-lead (O, Parents, Psychology Today), weekly & daily publications (New York Times, USA Today, WSJ) & national and local radio outreach, including NPR shows, All Things Considered, Fresh Air

        Review and feature outreach to cancer, parenting, memoir and literary outlets (Longreads, Babble, Motherlode, Buzzfeed, HuffPost parenting verticle)

        Website/blog review and feature coverage

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “The author documents her fears, doubts and tender memories of caring for a sick son and two other children.” —New York Times Book Review

      “[Marzouk’s] determination and sheer willpower to endure this ordeal shine through on nearly every page…A powerful, emotionally resonant memoir.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Out of a mother’s tragedy comes a full scope of emotions, thoughts, and strategies for combatting the unbearable pain and sorrow of possibly losing her child. It is with a raw honesty and intricate precision that Lise Marzouk shares her terrifying experience." —Cécile David-Weill, author of Parents Under the Influence: Words of Wisdom from a Former Bad Mother

      “Powerful…gripping…takes your breath away.” —La République des livres

      “A masterful work, a hymn to love.” —L’Infirmière magazine

      “A beautiful story…Admirable in its precision and delicacy.” —Le Monde des livres
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    Pain A Novel Zeruya Shalev, Sondra Silverston
    9781590510926 Paperback FICTION / Family Life On Sale Date: November 05, 2019
    $23.99 CAD 5.53 x 6.91 x 0.91 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
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      Description
      “Zeruya Shalev is one of my favorite contemporary writers, her work always spiky and original, and Pain is a searing book, a wild and ravenous story of family entanglement and impossible yearning.” Lauren Groff, author of Florida and Fates and Furies

      A powerful, astute novel that exposes how old passions can return, testing our capacity to make choices about what is most essential in life.


      Ten years after she was seriously injured in a terrorist attack, the pain comes back to torment Iris. But that is not all: Eitan, the love of her youth, also comes back into her life. Though their relationship ended many years ago, she was more deeply wounded when he left her than by the suicide bomber who blew himself up next to her.

      Iris’s marriage is stagnant. Her two children have grown up and are almost independent; she herself has become a dedicated, successful school principal. Now, after years without passion and joy, Eitan brings them back into her life. But she must concoct all sorts of lies to conceal her affair from her family, and the lies become more and more complicated.

      Is this an impossible predicament, or on the contrary a scintillating revelation of the many ways life’s twists and turns can bring us to a place we would never have expected to be?


      Story Locale: Jerusalem, Israel
      Bio
      Zeruya Shalev was born at Kibbutz Kinneret. She is the author of four previous novels, The Remains of Love, Love Life, Husband and Wife, and Thera, and a book of poetry and two children’s books. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages and won multiple awards, including the Corine International Book Prize, the Welt Literature Award, and the Prix Femina étranger.

      Sondra Silverston is a native New Yorker who has been living in Israel since 1970. Among her published translations are works by Israeli authors including Eshkol Nevo, Etgar Keret, and Amos Oz, which won the 2013 National Jewish Book Award for fiction, among others.


      Author Residence: Jerusalem
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        Publicity: Campaign highlighting author’s background, international success & awards

        Placement of original pieces exploring the aftermath of terror, chronic pain and its toll on inner family life (WSJ, New York Times)

        National review, feature and serialization push to long-lead magazines (O, Elle, Vanity Fair), weeklies (New Yorker, NYTBR, Jewish Week) and daily papers

        National and local radio & TV outreach, including NPR shows

        Niche review and feature outreach to relationship, translation, and women’s interest media

        Online review and feature coverage (Buzzfeed Reader, Bustle, The Lily, Salon, Literary Hub, NPR.org, etc.)

        Author appearances in NYC, DC and other key markets

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “Shalev reminds readers in keen, often brilliant prose that love, like pain, is indelible…a riveting exploration of family, sex and motherhood.” —New York Times Book Review

      “Shalev is a vivid and impassioned writer.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “With its heady musings on what makes love pure, Pain is a blistering novel that pits passion against ordinary commitments.” —Foreword Reviews

      “A complex meditation on the intricate ripples of cause and effect in our lives.” —Booklist

      “A midlife crisis novel with a lot of meditation over choice and chance and how they impact what follows, this story by Shalev…effectively depicts contemporary Israeli life.” —Library Journal

      “There are few living writers who can capture the fluctuations of human feeling with greater nuance and precision than Zeruya Shalev. To read her novels is to enter a profoundly familiar but usually unarticulated geography, where the push and pull of sexual desire, familial attachment, and anticipatory fears mingle to create an atmosphere of psychological suspense so acute the reader loses herself entirely. Pain is yet another work by this remarkable artist that left me amazed.” —Siri Hustvedt, author of Memories of the Future

      “Zeruya Shalev is one of my favorite contemporary writers, her work always spiky and original, and Pain is a searing book, a wild and ravenous story of family entanglement and impossible yearning.” —Lauren Groff, author of Florida and Fates and Furies

      “A great book that ends with a therapeutic catharsis.” —Amos Oz, author of Judas

      “Captivating…a brilliant reflection on the dominance of the past over the present, of the ideal over the real, of the couple over the individual.” —Elle (France)

      “Shalev does what she does best: telling family tales of love, of redemption and of disillusion, rich in emotional strength, inviting the reader to be swallowed up by the story and giving a sense of purification when it is over…The novel celebrates pain and sheds light on its role in emotional life.” —Haaretz

      Praise for Zeruya Shalev:

      “One of the most talented writers of our time.” —Leïla Slimani, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny
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    What It Is Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues Clifford Thompson
    9781590519059 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional On Sale Date: November 12, 2019
    $25.99 CAD 5.22 x 7.81 x 0.8 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Other Press
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      An African-American writer’s concise, heartfelt take on the state of his nation, exploring the war between the values he has always held and the reality with which he is confronted in twenty-first-century America.

      In the tradition of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me comes Clifford Thompson’s What It Is. Thompson was raised to believe in treating every person of every color as an individual, and he decided as a young man that America, despite its history of racial oppression, was his home as much as anyone else’s. As a middle-aged, happily married father of biracial children, Thompson finds himself questioning his most deeply held convictions when the race-baiting Donald Trump ascends to the presidency—elected by whites, whom Thompson had refused to judge as a group, and who make up the majority in this country Thompson had called his own.

      In the grip of contradictory emotions, Thompson turns for guidance to the wisdom of writers he admires while knowing that the answers to his questions about America ultimately lie in America itself. Through interviews with a small but varied group of Americans he hears sharply divergent opinions about what is happening in the country while trying to find his own answers—conclusions based not on conventional wisdom or on what he would like to believe, but on what he sees.
      Bio
      Clifford Thompson’s work has appeared in publications including The Best American Essays 2018, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Threepenny Review, and Village Voice. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award for nonfiction and teaches at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn
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        Publicity: Major review, feature and serialization push highlighting author’s story and timely discussion of race in America to long-lead magazines (Atlantic, The Nation, Harper’s), weeklies (Newsweek, Time, NYTBR) and daily papers

        Pursuit of essay or excerpt placement in Major Daily (NYT, WASHINGTON POST) and online (VSB, Vice, Atlantic, Salon)

        National and local radio & TV outreach, including NPR shows, Fresh Air, Code Switch, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, CNN, MSNBC, CBS

        Targeted outreach to race relations, politics, and literary interest media

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        Author events in New York and by request



        Author Website: https://www.cliffordthompson.info
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      One of Time’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019

      “An engaging and important book, an earnest attempt to analyze our chaotic moment and to project a possible way out of it through dialogue and reflection.” —Times Literary Supplement

      “[A] thoughtful memoir…In prose that is subtle and graceful, Thompson’s narrative casts a refreshing light on race in America.” —Publishers Weekly

      “[A] graceful and searching clutch of essays…A coolly delivered yet impassioned study of how much Trump’s election has shifted and revealed Americans’ thinking about race.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Have we thought of the essay as a blues-form? It tests limits and possibilities, faces down grief and loss, refuses easy solutions, and tackles harsh contradictions. This is exactly what Clifford Thompson does in What It Is. He moves through an America gripped by stubborn racial and social demons, thinking, listening, talking with grit and grace.” —Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland

      “Clifford Thompson has written an elegant and important book.” —Jo Ann Beard, author of The Boys of My Youth

      “In What It Is, Clifford Thompson offers dispatches from the field, that is, the homes of political allies and adversaries across America, where he parses the rational and irrational impulses that led to the divisive 2016 presidential election. Without insult or hyperbole, Thompson considers reckless and insightful political positions alike with a stunning willingness ‘to risk being made uncomfortable’ as much by false virtue as by searing truth. Thompson holds himself to a higher standard of integrity than we’re used to finding in our social and political discourse. As a writer and a thinker, but more importantly, as a son, a husband, and a father, Thompson reveals why we can no more turn away from history than we can surrender the future to chance.” —Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Digest and Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America

      Praise for Clifford Thompson:

      “Clifford Thompson is simply one of the wisest, warmest, and most trustworthy essayists writing today.” —Charles Johnson, National Book Award winner and author of Middle Passage and Being and Race

      “[Thompson’s] prose style is consistently thoughtful, surprising and unobtrusively elegant, and the voice navigates with remarkable smoothness between personal experience and critical analysis…he vaults to the front ranks of essayists of his generation.” —Phillip Lopate

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