2019 June Loan Stars Top Picks

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    City of Girls A Novel Elizabeth Gilbert
    9781594634734 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 04, 2019
    $37.00 CAD 6.22 x 9.29 x 1.47 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Riverhead Books
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      From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person.

      “A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness.” - PopSugar

      “Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger.” -USA Today

      “Pairs well with a cocktail…or two.” -TheSkimm

      “Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.”

      Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

      In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

      Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. “At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time,” she muses. “After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.” Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

      Story Locale: New York City
      Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love as well as several other internationally bestselling books. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a best book of 2013 by The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine,The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker.

      Author Residence: New Jersey
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for City of Girls:

      “A novel as vibrant, sexy and wise as the author’s megahit Eat Pray Love.” – People Magazine

      “The girls and women of the book don’t simply endure: they thrive, they dance, they live. Grab some champagne and toast…” – OprahMag.com

      “Gilbert’s new novel… is a pitch-perfect evocation of the era’s tawdry glamour and a coming-of-age story whose fizzy surface conceals unexpected gradations of feeling.” –New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
      “Gilbert stays true to her pledge that she won’t let her protagonist’s sexuality be her downfall, like so many literary heroines before her. That may be the most radical thing about a novel that otherwise revels in the old-fashioned pleasures of storytelling — the right to fall down rabbit holes, and still find your own wonderland.” – EntertainmentWeekly.com
      “A breezy, entertaining read — and really, something better: a lively, effervescent, and sexy portrait of a woman living in a golden time… Passion, Gilbert never tires of informing us, that’s the stuff of life. Not money, not the Darwinian struggle for survival, certainly not the family you are born with — passion is our raison d’etre. It’s what makes us feel we are rocketing through the streets of New York City during the best days of our lives.” – NPR
      “Her story is rich with memorable characters… the larger-than-life leading lady… the alluring leading man—and a vibrant setting… Gilbert’s expert world-building, flawless dialogue, and attention to detail places you right in the middle of the action.” – Buzzfeed News

      “The lush prose and firm belief in love that suffuses City of Girls will be a cool place to hide out as we enter a heated summer season of contentious presidential politics.”—San Francisco Chronicle
      “With all the conversations about sexual consent, it’s risen up around the #MeToo movement… This author doesn’t want us to forget there’s also such a thing as female desire, the main character wants to have sex and she’s not shy about hunting for it.” – Whoopi Goldberg, The View ’Ladies Get Lit Summer Reads 2019’

      “Glittering, hot, funny, and drenched in pleasure… Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the most dazzling and luminous writers of our generation. She invites us to challenge the rules, hunt down adventure, and bear hug the highs and lows of life.” – Marie Forleo, MarieTV
      “A moving novel about one woman’s coming-of-empowerment… Gilbert wrote the kind of big-hearted historical novel you’ll burn through in a weekend, then pass on to a friend.” – Refinery 29
      “[Elizabeth Gilbert’s] witty dialogue sparkles like diamonds in champagne.” – The Washington Post
      “Of course, one could — and many will — read it on the beach, but consider instead staying up late to turn pages after midnight, next to an open window on a hot summer night, fireworks flaring in the distance. That experience would mirror this novel’s story and its style: intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger.” – USA Today
      “A light, fizzy summer cocktail with a strikingly complex finish… Gilbert’s book is as deliciously refreshing as a fizzy summer drink, but truly, in its second half, it’s also more like fine wine, thoughtfully crafted to be savored for its benefits.” – The Boston Globe
      “The perfect summer read.” – Hello Giggles
      “A glamorous, sexy novel.” – PopSugar
      “Packed with showgirls, playboys, and sex—lots of it…being a ‘good girl’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” – InStyle
      “…pure, unadulterated entertainment.” – The Daily Beast

      “The descriptions…of outfits, of drinks, of faces—are delicious, and the smart, snappy dialogue races along like a screwball movie.” – The Seattle Times
      “Fiercely feminist, as well as jam-packed with uplifting truths about love and freedom, this phantasmagoria is both a feast for the senses and a balm for the soul.” – Esquire.com

      City of Girls is smart and wise, and if you also want your beach read to speak to your sense of desire, longing, adventure, and coming of age, it certainly will not disappoint.” –goop.com

      “A fizzy cocktail of a novel…” – The Wall Street Journal 

      “Sparkling… City of Girls begs big questions about sex, chosen families, and being a woman.” – Marie Claire 

      “When Elizabeth Gilbert set out to write City of Girls, her goal was to tell a story of female promiscuity that didn’t end in death or misfortune—a direct and delicious rebuttal to the tragic, sexist fates of the Emma Bovarys and Anna Kareninas of the canon. The result is a wildly entertaining summertime romp.” –Elle

      City of Girls tells the story of teenage Vivian’s discovery of the life she wants to live: one full of pleasure, fun, frivolity and even scandal among the charismatic people who populate her aunt’s midtown theater.” – Good Housekeeping

      “[In City of Girls] there are some of the most brilliant and truthful evocations of youthful sexual exploration that you’ll ever read. Gilbert says in her foreword that she set out to write a novel about ‘promiscuous girls whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires’. She has triumphed.” – Spectator USA

      “Elizabeth Gilbert—the best-selling writer, matron saint of divorced women, modern symbol of follow-your-bliss wisdom, believer in magic, and Oprah approved contemporary guru—has decided to go back in time… Ultimately, Gilbert wants us to question all the judgement society tosses at women like Vivian—and to question the nagging voice inside every girl telling her to be good.” –Cosmopolitan
      City of Girls embraces… the power of a woman breaking from a traditional path, and the wisdom of taking true, two-handed joy in the pleasures that life offers up… City of Girls is an unbeatable beach read, loaded with humor and insight.” – Newsday 

      “This is a booze-and sex-filled romp that, in the words of showgirl Celia Ray, ‘makes you want to smoke too many cigarettes and laugh with your head thrown back.’” – KMUW / Wichita NPR 89.1
      City of Girls centers on relationships among women… exploring the promises and pitfalls of female friendships [and] the importance both of owning our mistakes and forgiving ourselves as well as others.” – CS Monitor

      City of Girls is more than a love letter to New York—it’s a colorful portrait of what it means to be part of a theater company, or more accurately, to become a ‘theater person’… Gilbert brings the reader into every moment happening just behind the curtain.” —Bust Magazine

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    9780771050671 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date: June 04, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.83 x 8.25 x 1.12 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 24 McClelland & Stewart
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      From the bestselling author of We’re All in This Together comes a novel about family, friendship, fame, and the cost of living in the public eye—because when everyone suddenly knows your name, it’s easy to forget who you really are.

      “The first time they met, Mags saved Ava’s life. The second time they met, Ava saved Mags’s.”

      Ava Hart is the most reluctant cast member of a reality TV show based on her big city family’s (mostly staged) efforts to run a B&B in small-town Nova Scotia. Every family has its problems, but Ava has grown up seeing her family’s every up and down broadcast on national television, after the show becomes an unexpected success for reasons that will take a heavy toll on the Harts.

      Mags Kovach is the charismatic lead singer of a struggling Halifax rock band hoping to be the Next Big Thing. For years she’s managed to contain her demons and navigate the uglier aspects of being a woman in the music world, but after a devastating loss, she turns her anger on the only person she can: herself.

      As their private tragedies continue to set social media and tabloid headlines on fire, their every move subjected to an endless stream of public commentary, it will be their unexpected friendship that will save them. They will push back against the roles they’ve been forced to play, and take back control of something they thought they’d lost forever—the right to their own stories.

      Story Locale: (fictionalized) Lunenberg and Halifax, NS; Toronto, ON; New York City, NY
      AMY JONES’s first novel, We’re All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, and been selected as Longform’s Pick of the Week. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

      Author Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Extensive early galley mailing to influencers

        Numerous Goodreads giveaways (starting January)

        Pre-order campaign

        Extensive social media advertising

        Google search and display advertising

        Contesting via PRHC and M&S channels

        Publicity: Review coverage - Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, Canadian Living, etc

        June - Toronto book launch, SW Ont events and Halifax

        Summer reading previews and round ups

        Fall festivals

        Author Social Media: @AmyLauraJones
    • Awards & Reviews

      “This adrenaline rush of a novel succeeds in reminding us of the humanity forgotten behind all our flickering screens. It’s easy to fall in love with Ava and Mags and their connection to each other, to relate to their vulnerabilities, and to cheer on their strengths. Jones has written a refreshing, whip-smart story about the toxicity of our ’always on,’ always online, reality TV culture. A novel with real heart.”—Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

      “The best novels shine a light on the truth about what it means to be human, revealing both the frailties and strengths that exist within all of us. Amy Jones’s Every Little Piece of Me is one of these, a rare gem of a novel that burns toward a startling conclusion, revealing the essence of family, love, loss, and friendship as it does. This is a story to help us navigate the confusing strangeness of an all-access world, and lead us to an important realization: that meaningful connection could be what saves us from ourselves. Fresh, modern, furious, and timely, this is one of the most relevant and unforgettable books I’ve read in a long time.”—Marissa Stapley, author of The Last Resort

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    Recursion A Novel Blake Crouch
    9781524759780 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.44 x 9.55 x 1.05 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Crown
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      What if someone could rewrite your entire life?

      “My son has been erased.” Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop.

      Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

      Miles away, neuroscientist Helena Smith is developing a technology that allows us to preserve our most intense memories and relive them. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to reexperience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

      Barry’s search for the truth leads him on an impossible, astonishing journey as he discovers that Helena’s work has yielded a terrifying gift—the ability not just to preserve memories but to remake them…at the risk of destroying what it means to be human.

      At once a relentless thriller and an intricate science fiction puzzle box, Recursion is a deeply felt exploration of the flashbulb moments that define us—and who we are without them.
      Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His novels include the New York Times bestseller Dark Matter and the internationally bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a television series for FOX. Crouch also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He lives in Colorado.

      Author Residence: Durango, CO
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Extensive digital advertising campaign

        Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @BlakeCrouch1 and Facebook @BlakeCrouchAuthor

        Targeted buzz mailings 

        Promotion at key fan conventions

        Enrollment in early reviewer programs

        Features on ReadItForward.com 

        Library marketing

        Author Website: blakecrouch.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @blakecrouch1
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Dark Matter:

      “A mindblowing sci-fi/suspense/love story mashup.” —Entertainment Weekly

      “The most helter-skelter, race-to-the-finish-line thriller you’ll read all year, with a clever, mind-boggling final twist.”—The Guardian

      “Relatable and unnerving…makes its characters—and readers—wonder what life would have been like had they made different decisions.”—USA Today

      “A portal into other dimensions of reality…you’ll gulp it down in one afternoon, or more likely one night.”—New York Times Book Review

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    Bunny Mona Awad Canada
    9780735235885 Hardcover FICTION / Satire On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 6.23 x 9.29 x 1.07 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Hamish Hamilton
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      The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls who seem to move and speak as one.

      “We were just these innocent girls in the night trying to make something beautiful. We nearly died. We very nearly did, didn’t we?”

      Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more different from the other members of her master’s program at New England’s elite Warren University. A self-conscious scholarship student who prefers the company of her imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort—a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and are often found entangled in a group hug so tight it seems their bodies might become permanently fused.

      But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ exclusive monthly “Smut Salon,” and finds herself drawn as if by magic to their front door—ditching her only friend, Ava, an audacious art school dropout, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into Bunny world, and starts to take part in the off-campus “Workshop” where they devise their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur, and her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies are brought into deadly collision.

      A spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale about loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and female friendship and desire, Bunny is the dazzlingly original second book from an author with tremendous “insight into the often-baffling complexities of being a woman” (The Atlantic).
      MONA AWAD is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. It was also longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, she has published work in Time, VICE, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Boston.

      Author Residence: Boston, MA

      Author Hometown: Toronto, Canada
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Goodreads Personal Selection Mailer

        Goodreads Giveaway

        Sponsored Influencers


        Search ads

        Publicity: Select review coverage in outlets like the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Elle, Chatelaine and Flare

        Select feature coverage in outlets like Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, Georgia Straight, Chatelaine, CULT MTL

        Limited national radio interviews like CBC Q and The Next Chapter

        Select blogger coverage

        Event in Toronto, possibility of Montreal

        Author Website: MonaAwadAuthor.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @MonaAwadAuthor; Instagram: @Misery_Saga
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl:

      “Beautifully told, with a profoundly sensitive understanding of the subject matter, it’s clear that all of the anticipation for this particular fiction debut was entirely warranted.”—The Globe and Mail

      “Honest, searing, and necessary.”—Elle

      “Stunning…As you watch Lizzie navigate fraught relationships—with food, men, girlfriends, her parents and even with herself—you’ll want to grab a friend and say: ’Whoa. This. Exactly.’”—Washington Post

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    The Porpoise Mark Haddon
    9780385692670 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 18, 2019
    $34.00 CAD 6.49 x 9.51 x 1.19 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Bond Street Books
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      From the acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this stunningly ambitious, fantastical novel that reworks Shakespeare’s Pericles into a parable for today.

      Mark Haddon’s breathtaking novel begins with a harrowing plane crash: Maja, the pregnant wife of the unimaginably wealthy Philippe, is killed, but their daughter, Angelique, survives. Philippe’s obsession with the girl’s safety morphs into something sinister and grotesque. A young man named Darius, visiting Philippe with a business proposition, encounters Angelique and intuits their secret—he decides to rescue her, but the attempt goes awry.

      This contemporary story mirrors the ancient Greek legend of Antiochus, whose love for the daughter of his dead wife was discovered by the adventurer Appolinus of Tyre. The tale appeared in many forms through the ages; Shakespeare transformed Appolinus into the swashbuckling Pericles in his play. In The Porpoise, as Angelique grapples with the wreck of her life, trapped on her father’s estate, Darius morphs into Pericles, voyaging through a mythic world. In a bravura feat of storytelling, Haddon recounts his many exploits in thrilling fashion, mining the meaning of the old legends while creating parallels with the monstrous modern world Angelique inhabits. The language is rich and gorgeous; the conjured worlds are perfectly imagined; the plot moves forward at a ferocious pace.

      But Haddon’s themes are deeply urgent—the theft of female agency by rapacious men; the uses of archetypal stories to warp history and the present. As profound as it is entertaining, The Porpoise is a major literary achievement by an author whose myriad talents are on full, vivid display.
      MARK HADDON is the author of the bestselling novels The Red House, A Spot of Bother and the story collection The Pier Falls. His novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and is the basis for the Tony Award-winning play. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, has written and illustrated numerous children’s books, and has won awards for both his radio dramas and his television screenplays. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.

      Author Residence: Oxford, UK
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Extra content including book club guide and Q and A with author for our retailers as well as to house on our site

        Extensive social campaign for awareness (Facebook and Instagram)

        Goodreads advertising

        Publicity: Pitch for remote interviews in national print and radio

        Pitch for reviews

        Author Website: www.markhaddon.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook: @MarkHaddonAuthor; Twitter: @mark_haddon; Instagram: @mjphaddon
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Pier Falls:

      “[An] intense and frequently jaw-dropping collection…. Haddon [has] remarkable talent.” —Toronto Star

      “Haddon [has] sheer confidence as a storyteller. His voice can convey the authority of ancient fairy tales…. The impressive whole packs the action and themes that might power a very full novel into less than 70 pages.” —The New York Times

      “[Mark Haddon] is a virtuoso stylist and a fabricator of many forms…. In The Pier Falls and Other Stories, Haddon pretends with abandon. And then he examines with devastating care.” —Chicago Tribune

      “Exquisite…. His prose is limpid, blackly funny and shiny with particularity…. [Haddon] writes with the craft of Julian Barnes or, even, Truman Capote.”—The Times (UK)

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    Big Sky Kate Atkinson
    9780385691550 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 25, 2019
    $32.95 CAD 6.52 x 9.27 x 1.3 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Bond Street Books
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      New York Times Bestseller

      Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel by the brilliant Kate Atkinson about secrets, sex and lies.

      Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.

      Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network—and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.
      KATE ATKINSON won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. The international sensation Life After Life was one of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2013, won the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize. Her companion novel, A God in Ruins, also won the Costa Novel Award. Her latest novel, Transcription, was an international bestseller. Atkinson was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

      Author Residence: Edinburgh, UK

      Author Hometown: York, UK
      Marketing & Promotion
        Author Website: www.kateatkinson.co.uk
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie Series:

      “The suspense ratchets up quickly and palpably…. Atkinson’s novel is like something her detective might drink in the wee hours after knocking around the docks, something straight up with a twist.” —The Globe and Mail

      “Ms. Atkinson remains a wonderful stylist and Grade A schemer…. Future installments [in the Jackson Brodie series] are well worth waiting for.” —The New York Times

      “This is a detective novel packed with more wit, insight and subtlety than an entire shelf full of literary fiction…. Highly recommended reading.” —Marie Claire

      “[Case Histories is] not just the best book I’ve read this year, but the best mystery of the decade.”—Stephen King

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    Penny Nichols MK Reed, Greg Means, Matt Wiegle
    9781603094481 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $25.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.59 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Top Shelf Productions
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      Somehow, sarcastic Penny’s gotten roped into helping make an amateur slasher film. With a team of flakes and weirdos, she’s probably the only one who can save this stupid movie…but maybe it can save her, too. Now can somebody please stop that dog from licking the fake blood?

      “I never wanted to be a teacher or lawyer. I never wanted to be anything, really.” Stuck working mind-numbing temp jobs, Penny Nichols yearns to break free from the rut she’s found herself in. When, by chance, she falls in with a group of misfits making a no-budget horror movie called “Blood Wedding,” everything goes sideways. Soon her days are overrun with gory props, failed Shakespearean actors, a horny cameraman, and a disappearing director. Somehow Penny must hold it all together and keep the production from coming apart at the seams.

      This hilarious original graphic novel is a loving tribute to the chaos and camaraderie of DIY filmmaking, and the ways we find our future—and our family—in the unlikeliest of places.

      Publication History: TR original
      MK Reed is the Eisner Award-nominated author of Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers, as well as, Americus, Palefire, and The Cute Girl Network (with Greg Means and Joe Flood); all graphic novels and comic series on subjects ranging from humorous paleontology history, to romance, to young adult first amendment rights. Her latest series, The Castoffs, is about teen girl wizards who fight robots.

      Greg Means is co-author of The Cute Girl Network (with MK Reed and Joe Flood) and is the editor/publisher of the Ignatz Award-winning anthology series Papercutter.

      Matt Wiegle is the artist of the webcomic Destructor (with Sean Collins) and drew the Romeo & Juliet adaption for Spark Notes. He currently works as an industrial designer in Philadelphia.

      Author Residence: Portland, OR; Portland, OR

      Author Hometown: north New Jersey; Portland, OR

      Matt Wiegle is the artist of the webcomic Destructor (with Sean Collins) and drew the Romeo & Juliet adaption for Spark Notes. He currently works as an industrial designer in Philadelphia.

      Illustrator Residence: Philadelphia, PA

      Illustrator Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Promotion through a variety of Social Media: Facebook (134k), Twitter (127k), Tumblr (25k), and Instagram (19k) with a feature on IDWpublishing.com

        Inclusion in Direct-to-consumer Newsletter (40,000 unique and engaged fans)

        Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)

        Expanded website initiatives

        Trade show promotion: WonderCon 2019, ALA 2019, San Diego Comic Con 2019, and New York Comic Con 2019

        Library push: Advance copies mailed out for review: Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, etc

        Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts

        Author and artist interviews, and exclusive content reveals in comics media (Bleeding Cool, CBR, Newsarama, etc.)

        Advance copies mailed out for review: Heavy focus on Entertainment sites

    • Awards & Reviews

      “[A] smart, snarky ode to the joy of creation…Wiegle’s fantastic, funny black-and-white art is the perfect match for the offbeat story; the characters are ingeniously figured with asymmetrical shapes and rubbery poses, and writing team Mean and Reed depict the film’s visual excesses with wicked glee…Under the wonky humor, this comedy revels in the pleasures of finding fellow enthusiasts.” — Publishers Weekly
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    Grass Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Janet Hong
    9781770463622 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary On Sale Date: August 27, 2019 Print Run: 8000
    $34.95 CAD 6.12 x 8.4 x 1.3 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Drawn & Quarterly
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      This true story of a Korean comfort woman documents how the actrocity of war devestates women's lives. This true story of a korean comfort woman documents how the atrocity of war devastates women's lives Grass is a powerful anti-war graphic novel, offering up firsthand the life story of a Korean girl named Lee Ok-sun who was forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during the second World War - a disputed chapter in 20th century Asian history. Beginning in Lee's childhood, Grass shows the leadup to World War II from a child's vulnerable perspective, detailing how one person experienced the Japanese occupation and the widespread suffering it entailed for ordinary Korean folk. Keum Suk Gendry-Kim emphasizes Lee's strength in overcoming the many forms of adversity she experienced. Grass is painted in a black ink that flows with lavish details of the beautiful fields and farmland of Korea and uses heavy brushwork on the somber interiors of Lee's memories. Cartoonist Gendry-Kim's interviews with Lee become an integral part of Grass, forming the heart and architecture of this powerful non-fiction graphic novel and offering a holistic view of how Lee's wartime suffering changed her. Grass is a landmark graphic novel that makes personal the desperate cost of war and the importance of peace.
      Keum Suk Gendry-Kim was born in the town of Goheung in Jeolla Province, a town famous for its beautiful mountains and sea. Her graphic novels include The Song of My Father, Jiseul, and Kogaeyi, which have been translated and published in France. She also wrote and illustrated The Baby Hanyeo Okrang Goes to Dokdo, A Day with My Grandpa, and My Mother Kang Geumsun. She received the Best Creative Manhwa Award for her short manhwa ?Sister Mija,? about a comfort woman. She has had exhibitions of her works in Korea and Europe since 2012, and her graphic novels and manhwa deal mostly with people who are outcasts or marginalized.
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      ?Her traditional ink drawings are powerful for their bleak beauty, sometimes without dialogue for page after page.? ? Jeju Weekly
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    The Girl in Red Christina Henry
    9780451492289 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: June 18, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.31 x 7.97 x 0.76 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Berkley
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      From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic “Little Red Riding Hood”…about a woman who isn’t as defenseless as she seems.

      It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

      There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

      Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods….

      Story Locale: Post-apocalyptic America
      Christina Henry is the author of Alice, Red Queen, Lost Boy, The Mermaid, and the national bestselling Black Wings series, featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle.

      Author Residence: Chicago, IL
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        Author Website: christinahenry.net

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      Praise for Christina Henry’s novels

      “A riveting rewrite of Peter Pan.”—The Wall Street Journal

      “Multiple twists keep the reader guessing, and the fluid writing is enthralling….This is a fine addition to the shelves of any fan of children’s classics and their modern subversions.”—Publishers Weekly

      “This wild, unrelenting tale, full to the brim with the freedom and violence of young boys who never want to grow up, will appeal to fans of dark fantasy.”—Booklist

      “A horrifying fantasy that will have you reexamining your love for this childhood favorite. Smooth, velvety prose blends well with the deliciously complex characters and intricate story line.”—RT Book Reviews (top pick)

      “It’s full of magic and passion and courage, set against a convincing historical backdrop….Henry’s spare, muscular prose is a delight. I loved this novel.”—Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches
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    Patsy A Novel Nicole Dennis-Benn
    9781631495632 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: June 04, 2019
    $35.95 CAD 6.4 x 9.5 x 1.4 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Liveright
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      When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her overzealous, evangelical mother—or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru.

      Beating with the pulse of a long-witheld confession, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first—not to give a better life to her family back home. Patsy leaves Tru behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start where she can be, and love, whomever she wants. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, America is not as Cicely’s treasured letters described; to survive as an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to work as a bathroom attendant and nanny. Meanwhile, Tru builds a faltering relationship with her father back in Jamaica, grappling with her own questions of identity and sexuality, and trying desperately to empathize with her mother’s decision.

      Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another.

      As with her masterful debut, Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn once again charts the geography of a hidden world—that of a paradise lost, swirling with the echoes of lilting patois, in which one woman fights to discover her sense of self in a world that tries to define her. Passionate, moving, and fiercely urgent, Patsy is a prismatic depiction of immigration and womanhood, and the lasting threads of love stretching across years and oceans.
      Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.
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      It’s a story about resilience…. Patsy is a book that will open a lot of minds. I think particularly now, it’s critical that we open our minds to the way others live…. At the end this is a beautiful story of love. —Jenna Bush Hager, NBC’s TODAY #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection

      Nicole Dennis-Benn carefully unspools the stories behind each wound over the long course of this richly imagined novel…[she] beautifully illustrates how the characters are connected to one another by love, desire and violence, and how they bear those histories permanently, both within and on their bodies. [Patsy] continually and subtly defies predictability as it tells a vital and remarkable life story…. I never knew what turn the story would take next, how the past would reassert itself, what alliances and rifts would form, where love would fail and where it would unexpectedly appear. Again and again, Patsy surprises and illuminates. —Chelsey Johnson, New York Times

      Sumptuous…Dennis-Benn ingeniously humanizes and changes up the typical immigrant saga…The result is a knowing, at times painfully funny novel about the disorienting relationship between selfhood and sacrifice.—O, The Oprah Magazine

      Stunning…. Patsy fills a literary void with compassion, complexity and tenderness. —Joshunda Sanders, TIME

      Admirers of Here Comes the Sun have waited three years for Dennis-Benn’s followup, and anyone who was enchanted by her gorgeous writing are in for a happy surprise: Patsy isn’t just as good as its predecessor, it’s somehow even better…. Dennis-Benn isn’t just a compassionate writer, she’s also a courageous one, unafraid to address topics that too often go ignored. And in Patsy and Tru, she’s managed to create two unforgettable characters who function as real people and not literary archetypes. Dennis-Benn is quickly becoming an indispensable novelist, and Patsy is a brave, brilliant triumph of a book. —Michael Schaub, NPR

      Nicole Dennis-Benn’s sophomore novel, Patsy, methodically and unapologetically engages with choices women do and should be allowed to make, and as with her last novel, Here Comes the Sun, does so with nuance and grace…. Patsy is a deeply queer, sensitive and vividly written novel about a woman’s right to want and a child’s right to carve her own path. —Ilana Masad, Washington Post

      Dennis-Benn writes about the immigrant experience with abiding, bone-deep empathy—swinging between standard English and patois the same way that Patsy and her daughter navigate their own need to code-switch as the years pass. Estranged from one another and bound to a world that tends to treat black womanhood and queer sexuality as invisible at best, their separate but intertwined stories wend through hurt and hope and inalienable dreams; not just for a better life, but a truly honest one.—Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

      Brilliant… [Dennis-Benn] writes with keen awareness of what others experience living undocumented in America—and the compromises that women make in order to prioritize themselves.—Elle

      Dennis-Benn gives her characters the dose of happiness and self-assurance that many stories about social ills refuse women like them. She does that without facilely wishing away the big issues—racism, homophobia, gender, classism—that her novel tackles. Patsy is a portrait of black queer women grasping for self-determination, and a challenge to the conventions of what is expected of good mothers and good women and good immigrants…. In writing beautifully about that unending struggle, Dennis-Benn finds a way to extend to black girls and women some of the love that the world may never offer. —Adrienne Green, The Atlantic

      While Patsy highlights the profound, and often unseen, sacrifices made in immigrants’ lives in America, it also emphasizes the struggles of those who are LGBTQIA+…. In the end, Dennis-Benn touches upon the question of whether or not America is even still the promised land for all identities seeking freedom from persecution. —C.E. Miller, Bustle

      Patsy is a probing novel about freedom, examining one woman’s shifting conception of it, and how people weigh what they are willing to trade for liberty…. The immigrant novel has a rich tradition in American literature…. Patsy adds to that lineage with its engrossing portrait of a complicated woman who struggles against crushing societal forces in her quest—not to sacrifice her life for future generations—but to finally unfurl her true self. —Jenny Shank, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      Astonishing…. Dennis-Benn’s writing is ravishing, full of the musical rhythm of Jamaican dialect, sprinkled like hot spices throughout a narrative that is colorful, heartbreakingly sad and bristling with life.—Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle

      [A] provocative, muscular book. Dennis-Benn takes care with characters, building intricate relationships, and writes in exquisite prose that brings to life Pennyfield, the Jamaican neighborhood Patsy is from, and the Caribbean diaspora in New York…. Draws the complexity of experiencing one’s sexuality, and the varying ways sexuality is understood in the larger community.—Alexia Arthurs, Ms. Magazine

      Although she’s lovingly drawn by Dennis-Benn, Patsy has done the single most-damning thing a mother can do in our society: She has abandoned her child. It’s a marker of Dennis-Benn’s masterful prowess at characterization and her elegant, nuanced writing that the people here—even when they’re flawed or unlikable—inspire sympathy and respect. Dennis-Benn has written a profound book about sexuality, gender, race, and immigration that speaks to the contemporary moment through the figure of a woman alive with passion and regret. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun, 2016) builds big worlds inside and outside her touchable characters, writing through their knotty love in all its failures and mercies in this empathetic intergenerational epic of womanhood and inheritance.
      —Annie Bostrom, Booklist (starred review)

      Redemptive parallel stories examine themes of identity, belonging, and self-fulfillment in Dennis-Benn’s (Here Comes the Sun) latest…Sharon Gordon beautifully captures the lilt of the many Jamaican voices as well as conveying the ambiguity of Patsy and Tru’s thoughts and feelings. This story may be better listened to than read. Highly recommended. —Judy Murray, Library Journal (Audiobook, Starred)

      A Jamaican woman abandons her daughter for a chance to reunite with her childhood friend turned lover in this wrenching second novel from Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun)…. An immersive study in unintended consequences…. This is a marvelous novel. —Publishers Weekly

      A stunningly powerful inter-generational novel about the price—the ransom really— women must pay to choose themselves, their lives, their value, their humanity. Frank, funny, salty, heartbreaking, full of love, Dennis-Benn is a map-maker to those places in the heart held so closely, the holder may not know even they’re there.—Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

      Beautiful, shattering, and deeply affecting. Patsy’s story ultimately makes for a novel that is destined to endure.—Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen

      Nicole Dennis-Benn is an exquisite writer who paints scenes with words so vivid you might as well be walking through it as a character, not a reader. In Patsy, she addresses motherhood, sexuality, racism, and colorism; turning her prodigious talents to the timely story of an undocumented immigrant straddling two worlds while learning that love isn’t a choice, but the beat in one’s blood. —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things

      One of my favourite novels of 2017 was easily Nicole Dennis-Benn’s first novel, Here Comes the Sun, and when her second, Patsy, was announced, I almost lost my mind. The richness of Dennis-Benn’s writing is taken to another level in Patsy, the story of a Jamaican woman working towards her own version of the American dream…. Dennis-Benn explores in such a textured, taut way what in love is gained, and what, or who, is left behind…. Bliss. —Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie: A Novel

      A novel that splits at the seams with yearning, elegantly written and deeply felt. Dennis-Benn leads the reader through Patsy’s life with empathy and grace.—Esme Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias

      An aching meditation on motherhood, sacrifice, and what it means to look truth in the face in order to fully become oneself. A beautiful book, as heartbreaking as it is restorative.—Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

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