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    The Starless Sea A Novel Erin Morgenstern
    9780385686228 Hardcover FICTION / Women On Sale Date:November 05, 2019
    $36.95 CAD 6.5 x 9.52 x 1.5 in | 1.91 lb | 512 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus,a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

      Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood.

      Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

      Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

      Story Locale: New York, NY
      ERIN MORGENSTERN is the author of The Night Circus, a number-one international bestseller that has been sold around the world and translated into thirty-seven languages. She has a degree in Theatre from Smith College and lives in Massachusetts.

      Author Residence: West Stockbridge, MA

      Author Hometown: Massachusetts
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        Publicity: Toronto fan event + 1-2 additional markets

        Features/interviews to include Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Elle, Chatelaine, CBC radio


        Author Website: erinmorgenstern.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook: @erinmorgensternbooks; Twitter and Instagram: @erinmorgenstern
    • Awards & Reviews

      National Bestseller
      New York Times Bestseller
      A TIME Must-Read Book of 2019
      A Guardian Best Book of 2019
      An E! News Best Book of 2019
      An NPR Best Book of 2019
      A Real Simple Best Book of 2019
      A Good Housekeeping Best Book of 2019
      A BookPage Best Book of 2019
      A Bustle Best Book of 2019

      "A sprawling tale bursting with books-within-books and a multi-level underground fantasy space that's basically a bibliophile paradise come to life. In The Starless Sea, Morgenstern finds magic within the pages of books and climbs shelves of the most mesmerizing of libraries. . . . The Starless Sea is a door to another world—one just waiting for readers to open it." —Entertainment Weekly

      "A mystical adventure in an enchanted universe. . . . The novel is not simply a quest narrative—it’s also a meta-examination of stories that demands the reader's patience—and then rewards it. . . . Morgenstern's elegant, poetic prose keeps the pages turning as she begins to draw connections within a web of tales that reads like an ode to stories, themselves, and celebrates the distinct pleasure that comes from engaging with a text." —TIME

      "Assuredly beautiful. . . . The novel reads like panel after panel of mythic illustrations." —The Guardian

      "A high-wire feat of metatextual derring-do [and] a stunning array of linked fables, myths and origin stories. . . . It is exquisitely pleasurable to watch the gears of this epic fantasy turn once they're set in motion. As in The Night Circus, Morgenstern is at her best when she imagines worlds and rooms and parties in vivid detail. . . . This novel is a love letter to readers as much as an invitation: Come and see how much magic is left in the world. Fans of Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab, Kelly Link and Susanna Clarke will want to heed the call. An ambitious and bewitching gem of a book with mystery and passion inscribed on every page." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "Morgenstern's new fantasy epic is a puzzlebox of a book, full of meta-narratives and small folkloric tales that will delight readers. . . . Morgenstern uses poetic, honey-like prose to tell a story that plays with the very concept of what we expect and want from our stories. . . . She trusts her readers to follow along and speculate, wonder and make leaps themselves . . . giving the book a mythic quality that will stick with readers long after they put it down. The massive legion of readers who loved Morgenstern's debut will be clamoring to recapture the magic of that reading experience." —Booklist, starred review

      "A magnificent quest, a sense of unfolding adventure and danger, gold-wrought fantasy, and endless provocation on what storytelling really means." —Library Journal, starred review

      "Enchanting. . . . Morgenstern's tale has shades of detective fiction, magical fantasy and even Gothic mystery . . . but her ambitious 512-page novel is really an ode to stories and storytelling itself, and the joy of reading. . . . Once fantasy fans open its covers and let their eyes rest on the sparkling words inside, they are in for a treat." —Independent (UK)

      "This love letter to bibliophiles is dreamlike and uncanny, grounded in deeply felt emotion, and absolutely thrilling." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

      "A page-turner. . . . It's unlikely [The Night Circus fans] will be disappointed by this sweeping follow-up, which unfolds an epic romance within a secret underground world of lost cities, handsome pirates and endless puzzles to be solved." —Entertainment Weekly

      "[A] gorgeously written epic love story, filled with magic and mystery." ?—Popsugar

      "Deep . . . wholesome . . . moving. . . . You'll float away on the warm waters of The Starless Sea. . . . It's a book that's a pleasure to dwell in, a delicious experience." —NPR

      "Extravagantly imaginative. . . . The intricate world-building is nothing short of fabulous, the prose lush and filigreed." Minneapolis Star Tribune

      "The Starless Sea functions as both an ode to those who love books and an engrossing fantasy epic. Morgenstern balances multiple stories, some of which are set in an entirely fantastical universe, others in a world that is very familiar to our own." —Bustle

      "A timeless love story" The Nerd Daily

      "A spellbinding novel. . . . I could not put it down, and when I finished, I turned immediately back to the first page so I wouldn't have to leave this magical world. If you believe in the power of stories to transcend time and space, to marry love and fate, read this book!" —Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek

      "A wildly fanciful lark that has all the hits: mystery, love, libraries, Harry Potter references and pirates. It's a complex, darkly beautiful story with some of the most inventive storytelling we've read all year." —Good Housekeeping
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    The Testaments A Novel Margaret Atwood Canada
    9780771009433 Hardcover FICTION / Dystopian On Sale Date:September 10, 2019
    $35.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.29 x 1.44 in | 1.58 lb | 432 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

      More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

      Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

      As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

      “The literary event of the year.”—The Guardian

      “The international literary event of the season.”—Globe and Mail

      “It’s terrifying and exhilarating.”—Judges of the Booker Prize 2019

      Story Locale: Gilead
      MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON
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        Marketing: Global publication announcement

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        Multi-city tour

        Author Website: www.margaretatwood.ca

        Author Social Media: [email protected]; I:therealmargaretatwood
    • Awards & Reviews

      Booker Prize 2019, Winner
      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2019, Long-listed
      "The international literary event of the season."
      Globe and Mail

      “A savage and beautiful novel that speaks to us today with unusual conviction and power.”
      —Peter Florence, Chairman, Booker Prize judging panel

      “A chilling invitation no Atwood fan can resist . . . The Testaments reminds us of the power of truth in the face of evil.

      A fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic.”
      —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

      The women of Gilead are more fascinating than ever.

      There may be no novelist better suited to tapping the current era’s anxieties than Margaret Atwood.
      Entertainment Weekly

      One of the most anticipated sequels of the modern age . . . full of revealing backstories.”
      —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

      A rare treat . . . a corker of a plot, culminating in a breathless flight to freedom.”
      —Laura Miller, Slate.com

      "The literary event of the year."
      The Guardian

      "It’s terrifying and exhilarating."
      —Judges of the Booker Prize 2019
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    9780451491879 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date:July 09, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.3 x 8 x 0.89 in | 0.73 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a humorous and heartwarming novel of a confirmed introvert who dares to step outside her comfort zone…

      Nina Hill’s life may not seem like much, but for a person battling anxiety, it’s more than enough. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and her small circle of friends. Until a visit from a lawyer changes everything…

      The father that Nina never knew existed has died, leaving behind an enormous extended family. Nina now has innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins all living within a twenty-mile radius—some welcoming and some not so welcoming, but all demanding her attention. If that’s not enough, Nina’s talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd—who’s totally into her—is obviously too good to be true.

      Everything is moving too fast for Nina. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world—and her heart—is a risk worth taking.

      Story Locale: Los Angeles, CA
      Abbi Waxman, the author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA
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        Publicity: Regional author tour, West Coast

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        Author blog tour

        Author Website: abbiwaxman.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook.com/abbiwaxmanbooks; Twitter @amplecat
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

      “Move over on the settee, Jane Austen. You’ve met your modern-day match in Abbi Waxman. Bitingly funny, relatable and intelligent, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a must for anyone who loves to read.”—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck With That

      “It's a shame The Bookish Life of Nina Hill only lasts 350 pages, because I wanted to be friends with Nina for far longer.”—Refinery29

      “I hope you're in the mood to be downright delighted, because that's the state you'll find yourself in after reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.”—PopSugar

      The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will put a smile on your face the entire time you’re reading it. It’s a light, fun summer read with a cast of colorful and lovable characters that you wish were real and that you had on your trivia team. This book is the perfect beach read or pick-me-up for a cloudy day.”—Hypable

      “[A] quirky, sweet story.”—Woman’s World

      “In this love letter to book nerds, Waxman introduces the extraordinary introvert Nina Hill…. With witty dialogue and a running sarcastic inner monologue, Waxman brings Nina to vibrant life as she upends her introverted routine and becomes part of the family. Fans of Jojo Moyes will love this.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Waxman has created a thoroughly engaging character in this bookish, contemplative, set-in-her ways woman. Be prepared to chuckle.”—Kirkus Review (starred review)

      “Book nerds will feel strong kinship with the engaging, introverted Nina Hill, who works in a bookstore, plays pub trivia, and loves office supplies… Readers will be captivated by Nina’s droll sense of humor.”—Booklist (starred review)

      “Full of pop culture references (bonus points for readers who catch the Men at Work one), and the handwritten planner entries are reminiscent of those in Bridget Jones’s diary….Will appeal to chick lit fans who enjoy copious rapid-fire dialog.”—Library Journal

      “...charming and relatable for any introvert who would rather pass time with fictional characters than people, but will rise to the occasion with the right support.”—BookTrib

      “Book lovers will absolutely relate to the central character in Abbi Waxman's third novel.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

      “If you relate to staying in and JOMO (joy of missing out), you’ll relate to Nina.”—Betches

      “[F]ast, light, and fun.”—Modern Mrs. Darcy

      Praise for Abbi Waxman

      “Brilliant. Simply brilliant. The Garden of Small Beginnings is funny, poignant, and startling in its emotional intensity and in its ability to make the reader laugh and cry on the same page . . . I loved this book!”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street Novels

      “[A]summer beach read with meat. . . Waxman develops and explores the characters and their relationship in depth.”—The Washington Post

      “This is my favorite kind of book—hilarious, sad, joyful. Beautifully written. Fun. I dare you not to enjoy it.”—Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me

      “What a treat!! Abbi Waxman is one of the wittiest voices in the world today. The Garden of Small Beginnings is a beautiful book full of humor, heart, and deep insight.”—Molly Shannon, actress

      “Funny and poignant. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. May make you want to play in dirt and grow a new life of your own.”—Wendy Wax, USA Today bestselling author of Best Beach Ever

      “Meet your new favorite writer.”—The Daily Beast

      “Waxman’s skill at characterization . . . lifts this novel far above being just another ‘widow finds love’ story. Clearly an observer, Waxman has mastered the fine art of dialogue as well. Characters ring true right down to Lilian’s two daughters, who often steal the show.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “Waxman takes readers from tears to laughter in this depiction of one woman’s attempt to hold it all together for everyone else only to learn it’s OK to put herself first.”—Booklist

      “Kudos to debut author Waxman for creating an endearing and realistic cast of main and supporting characters (including the children). Her narrative and dialog are drenched with spring showers of witty and irreverent humor.”—Library Journal (starred review)

      The Garden of Small Beginnings is a quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book.”—HelloGiggles

      “Waxman’s voice is witty, emotional, and often profound.”—InStyle (UK)

      “This novel is filled with characters you’ll love and wish you lived next door to in real life.”—Bustle

      “It’s impossible not to fall in love with Lilian, a young widow who is still trying to come to terms with the death of her husband four years later . . . If you are thinking to yourself, ‘Forget it, I’m not reading a gardening book,’ don’t worry . . . THIS IS NOT A GARDENING BOOK! It is, however, a feel-good, hate-to-put-it-down kind of book!”—Chick Lit Central
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    The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides
    9781250301697 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:February 05, 2019 Print Run:200000
    $34.99 CAD 6.35 x 9.58 x 1.1 in | 500 gr | 336 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Celadon Books
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      "An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
      Entertainment Weekly

      The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

      Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

      Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

      Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....

      Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and is sold in a record-breaking 50 countries. His second novel, The Maidens, was an instant New York Times bestseller and garnered rave reviews from The Guardian, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and more. After living in London for many years, Alex has recently moved back to his birthplace, Cyprus.
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        - The Silent Patient has spent 52 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list

        - starred review from Publishers Weekly
        - 200k print run
        - Kirkus review
        - received rave reviews from A.J. Finn, David Baldacci, Lee Child, and more
        - a January/February Loan Stars pick

    • Awards & Reviews

      Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed
      Goodreads Choice Awards 2019, Winner
      Thriller Awards - Nominee 2020, Nominated
      Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed
      Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed

      "Impressive first novel... with an ending worthy of a classic Agatha Christie mystery."
      The Wall Street Journal

      "Superb... This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field."
      Publisher's Weekly, starred review

      "Pulling off a novel where the protagonist stays mum isn't easy, but this impressive, immersive debut—Brad Pitt's company has snapped up film rights—establishes Michaelides as a writer to watch."
      People, Book of the Week

      "Impressive debut...The Silent Patient is intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read."
      The Times (London), Book of the Month

      "The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master."

      "That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzingI quite literally couldn't put it down. I told myself I'd just dip in; eleven hours laterit's now 5:47 a.m.I've finished it, absolutely dazzled."
      —A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

      The Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a badly lit street. Alex Michaelides has crafted a totally original, spellbinding psychological mystery so quirky, so unique that it should have its own genre. I read it in two nights and savored every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist. The pages will burn with the friction from your hands turning them.”
      —David Baldacci

      “Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense—a very fine novel by any standard.”
      —Lee Child

      "One of the most spellbinding psychological thrillers we’ve read in years. Beautifully written, exquisitely plotted, the story relentlessly pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the last shocking (and yet brutally logical) twist. This is an absolutely fantastic and extraordinary read."
      —Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the Pendergast series

      “Alex Michaelides has written one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. The Silent Patient is a swarming, paranoid nightmare of a novel with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memory.”
      —Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

      "This is a wonderful new voice. Listen to it. It's about to tell you a thrilling and scary story. The Silent Patient paints a picture, crawling into your soul in the very best way. Take a chance."
      —Brad Meltzer, author of The Escape Artist

      "Dark, edgy, and compulsively readable."
      Library Journal

      "The Silent Patient isn't quiet at all. It loudly announces that Alex Michaelides is a new talent in the field of psychological thrillers."
      Shelf Awareness

      "Unputdownable, emotionally chilling, and intense, with a twist that will make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat."

      "A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel."
      The Observer

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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 | 1.33 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Bond Street Books
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      Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel about secrets, sex, and lies

      Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing 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 a suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him across a sinister network—and back into the path of someone from his past.
      Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking new novel, both sharply funny and achingly sad, by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.
      KATE ATKINSON won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year award 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. Her 2013 novel, Life After Life, won the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize, and won the Costa Novel Award, a prize Atkinson won again for her subsequent novel, A God in Ruins (2015). Her most recent novel, Transcription (2018), was an international bestseller.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      International Bestseller
      A New York Times Bestseller
      A Vanity Fair Best Book of 2019
      A Guardian Best Book of 2019

      "For those of you who do not know: Atkinson is one of the best writers working today, and her crime fiction, including novels featuring the now-retired Scottish inspector Jackson Brodie, rank among the finest." —The Washington Post

      "There is no stray anything in Big Sky. That's one big reason Atkinson's devotees love her. . . . It's worth rereading the beginning once you've finished this novel just to see how well the author has manipulated you. . . . Brodie has been Atkinson's most popular character for good reason. He was interestingly broken, so she hasn’t fixed him. . . . Atkinson opens Big Sky with one perfect page . . . [and] it's a prime example of how Atkinson tells a great story, toys with expectations, deceives by omission, blows smoke and also writes like she's your favorite friend. Thank goodness the long Jackson Brodie hiatus is over." —The New York Times

      "This clever page-turner tackles some sobering subjects, but the real draw is the return of Jackson Brodie, the dour but big-hearted private investigator. . . . Our money's on this rocketing straight to bestseller." —The Daily Telegraph

      "Kate Atkinson returns to her wry crime fiction in a dark, sharp tale of exploitation. . . . Big Sky is laced with Atkinson's sharp, dry humour, and one of the joys of the Brodie novels has always been that they are so funny." —The Guardian

      "[A]n exuberant, entertaining read." —The Independent

      "Big Sky . . . has an engaging lightness running through it, and its humour is the stuff of laughs out loud. . . . Cheerful and clever and very much worth investing a reader's time in." —Toronto Star

      "It's been eight years since Atkinson's last Jackson Brodie mystery, and, while the three historical novels she has written since then—all with some connection to WWII—have been uniformly brilliant, fans of the ever-brooding, painfully tenderhearted private investigator will be thrilled that Brodie is finally back. . . . Atkinson [has a] rare ability to create in a relatively few but stunningly deft brushstrokes at least a half-dozen characters with the depth and complexity to own their own novel. Another dazzler from a writer whose talents know no bounds." —Booklist, starred review

      "A small cast of characters collides and careens in a manner that straddles Greek tragedy and screwball comedy. The humour is sly rather than slapstick, and Atkinson is keenly interested in inner lives and motivations. There are villains, certainly . . . but even the sympathetic characters are complicated and compromised. . . . The deaths and disappearances that Jackson investigates change with every book, but the human heart remains the central mystery. The welcome return of an existential detective." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      "The great Atkinson has returned to crime fiction and her well-beloved detective, Jackson Brodie. . . . Atkinson masterfully juggles Brodie's consciousness with that of numerous other characters. . . . You flit in and out of their various viewpoints, but Brodie's—warmhearted, weary, haunted by loss—always feels like coming home. . . . I read this book in a delicious late-night rush; I suspect many of you will too." —The Seattle Times

      "A meaty holiday read by an author who can make you laugh and cry in the same sentence . . . so expect sharp turns; dark alleys and lots of plot twists throughout." —The Irish Examiner

      "[Atkinson] supplies gruesome discoveries and a strong helping of violence, all nevertheless relayed with a deft and witty touch. . . . Big Sky has all the sizzle of a British fry-up; Ms Atkinson's evocation of the beauty and desolation of faded seaside resorts is unerring. As in the other Brodie novels, several stories are woven into a seamless plot, with the help of credible-seeming twists of fate. And there is just enough unfinished business to leave readers impatient for his next outing."—The Economist

      "[Jackson Brodie] returns as taciturn, haunted and appealingly rule-defying as ever." —The Irish Independent

      "Atkinson's deliciously laconic style . . . slyly deconstructs the classic crime narrative, referencing Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Scandinavian noir and Brighton Rock along the way." —The Irish Times

      "The world Big Sky gives us is depraved and craven, crammed with sorrow and exploitation, but there are also tremendous acts of courage, tight bonds of love, wise country songs and silly jokes. . . . In Big Sky you sometimes get the sort of moments great theatre brings where you aren't just witnessing skilled acting, you feel something empirically true is taking place before you. . . . [Atkinson] is a writer with the world in her hands."Financial Times

      "[A] dark, clever tale of brutality and abuse. . . . Few other writers produce such literary page-turners. . . . Big Sky is classic Atkinson . . . so clever, so current and so full of personality." —Belfast Telegraph

      "Big Sky is well worth the wait. . . . Superbly written and utterly readable, this novel is a delight from start to finish." —The Independent

      "Ms. Atkinson won't be pigeonholed. Her works transcend their genres. . . . . Crimes are committed in the Jackson Brodie novels, but they are more than crime novels. On whatever shelves they are arranged, her books share some key traits: They are literary and accessible and marvels of construction; they are funny, offbeat and full of parenthetical asides, sharp and sly and tinged with sadness." —The Wall Street Journal

      "Kate Atkinson is one of those very rare writers who's a master at absolutely every aspect of the novel—character and plot and voice and language and themes and humor and dialogue and on and on. I love everything about Big Sky, a giant mosaic of people and stories that fit perfectly together in a complex, beautiful pattern, offering tremendous reading pleasure on every single page." —Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expat
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    Albatross A Novel Terry Fallis Canada
    9780771050961 Paperback FICTION / Coming of Age On Sale Date:August 13, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.7 x 8.25 x 1.05 in | 0.93 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      From two-time Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis comes a funny and smart new novel about destiny—and what it means to forge your own path.

      Adam Coryell is your average high-school student—well, except for that obsession with fountain pens—when his life changes forever. Based on a study by a quirky Swedish professor that claims that every human being, regardless of athletic inclination, has a body that is suited to excel in at least one sport, it turns out that Adam is good—very good, in fact—at golf. Even though he’d never even picked up a golf club. Almost instantly, and with his coach, hard-nosed Bobbie Davenport by his side, Adam and his new-found talent skyrocket to a prodigy-level stardom that includes tournament titles, sponsorship deals, throngs of fans following his every move, and fodder for tabloids. But here’s the catch: Adam doesn’t really like golf. And as the life he once knew slips away—including the love of his life, the dream of being a writer, and everyday normalcy—he can’t help but wonder if all this success and fame is worth it…or if it’s enough for him. Heartwarming and funny, sweeping and entertaining, Terry Fallis’s new book takes readers on a journey of self-discovery.

      TERRY FALLIS grew up in Toronto and earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for cabinet ministers at Queen’s Park and in Ottawa. His first novel, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published by McClelland & Stewart to great reviews, was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC’s Canada Reads as “the essential Canadian novel of the decade,” and became a CBC Television series. His next two novels, The High Road and Up and Down were finalists for the Leacock Medal, and in 2015, he won the prize a second time, for his fourth book, No Relation. A skilled public speaker, Terry Fallis is also co-founder of the communications agency Thornley Fallis. He lives in Toronto with his wife and blogs at www.terryfallis.com. Follow @TerryFallis on Twitter.
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        Publicity: Tour activity in Toronto, SW Ontario, and pending invitations, fall festivals

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    • Awards & Reviews

      "Fallis writes from another time, when Wodehouse and Leacock and Twain roamed the earth. May he never become extinct." —Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs

      "It's hard not to get excited about a new Terry Fallis novel, and it is equally hard not to fall in love with Adam Coryell, the big-hearted, sarcastic, fountain-pen-obsessed hero of Albatross, a young golf prodigy who just wants to write short stories. In his inimitable style, Fallis has crafted a tender, funny, and compulsively readable novel about what it means to stay true to your dreams, and to yourself. Do yourself a favour and pick up this book—you won't put it down again until the final page has been turned." Amy Jones, author of We're All In this Together and Every Little Piece of Me

      "Booklovers, rejoice and buy this book! In Albatross, Terry Fallis has found the antidote for what ails our sorry world. May millions of you benefit!” Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

      "[Albatross] has a fable-like quality and philosophical depths that Fallis plumbs with deceptive subtlety—you'll come for the story about an athletic whiz kid, and leave contemplating where true happiness really lies, both in Adam's life and your own." Globe and Mail

      "Fallis is on point with his vivid observations. Albatross exposes some essential truths, such as the fundamental importance of following your own path." —Winnipeg Free Press
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    City of Girls A Novel Elizabeth Gilbert
    9781594634734 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:June 04, 2019
    $37.00 CAD 6.2 x 9.3 x 2 in | 1.53 lb | 480 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Riverhead Books
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      A great holiday gift, 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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    A Better Man A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Louise Penny Canada
    9781250066213 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:August 27, 2019 Print Run:750000
    $36.99 CAD 6.62 x 9.58 x 1.43 in | 650 gr | 448 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Minotaur Books
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      “‘A Better Man,' with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre.” —Tom Nolan,The Wall Street Journal

      "Enchanting... one of his most ennobling missions." —Marilyn Stasio,New York Times Book Review

      Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

      It’s Gamache’s first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter.

      As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father.

      Increasingly hounded by the question,how would you feel…, he resumes the search.

      As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.

      In the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question.

      What would you do if your child’s killer walked free?

      LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1New York TimesandGlobe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels (Still Life, A Fatal Grace,andThe Cruelest Month). She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.
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        - #1 Globe and Mail and NYT bestselling Canadian author
        - starred review from Publishers Weekly
        - starred review from Booklist
        - 750k print run
        - Kingdom of the Blind sold over 22k copies in HC in Canada
        - #1 August Loan Star pick
        - launch at Brome Lake Books August 24, event in Edmonton Sept 21, and festival appearances at Knowlton Literary Festival Oct. 19 and Imaginarium Oct. 23
        - included in Globe and Mail's round-up: "The summer's best books"
        - a Raincoast Superlead

        Raincoast Superlead:
        #1 NYT and Globe and Mail bestselling author; Kingdom of the Blind has sold 22k in hc in Canada

    • Awards & Reviews

      Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed

      Praise forA Better Man

      “Pensive and moral Quebec police inspector Armand Gamache is justly beloved, and Penny’s evocative prose is unfailingly admirable.” —Seattle Times

      The deeper reward lies in how the books probe the psyches of Gamache, his family and colleagues, as well as this circle of small-town bohemians, the author picking off her characters, psychologically at least, one by one.” —The Globe and Mail

      "The appeal of this series and especially of Gamache himself has always been Penny's ability to show her hero moving from the tangible, brutal facts of murder to the emotions within, the stories in the blood. There are multiple stories, often contradictory, to be found in the many-tentacled web of human tragedy and suffering that Gamache teases to the surface in this moving exploration of ties that both bind and destroy." —Booklist, starred review

      "Wrenching... Penny explores the depths of human emotion, both horrifying and sublime. Her love for her characters and for the mystical village of Three Pines is apparent on every page." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “Penny's lyrical writing opens up Gamache's soul-searching in an almost poetic way. "A Better Man," it turns out, isn't so much a novel to wrap up certain story lines in this 14-book series, but one to breathe new life into them.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “This title brings several character arcs to a close while resetting others to make this psychological mystery serve both as a beginning for new readers and a satisfying continuation for series fans. Gamache is an explorer of the human psyche, and the care he takes with the victims, their friends and family, as well as his own allows this series and his character continually to surprise, delight, and enthrall. Highly recommended for lovers of psychological, character-driven mysteries." —Library Journal, starred review

      Praise forKingdom of the Blind

      A December 2018 Indie Next Pick
      One of Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2018 Picks

      BookPage Best of the Year 2018
      A LibraryReads Pick for November 2018
      A LibraryReads Hall of Fame Winner

      Washington Post's 10 Books to Read This November

      One of PopSugar’s Best Fall Books to Curl Up With
      One ofPublishers Weekly Booksellers' Favorite 25 Titles of the Year in 2018

      “A captivating, wintry whodunit.” —PEOPLE

      "A constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves." —Marilyn Stasio,New York Times Book Review

      “A spellbinder . . . another outstanding Gamache adventure… ingenious . . . what more could a mystery reader – or any reader for that matter – want?”—Maureen Corrigan,Washington Post

      “Penny pulls together an insightful plot that weaves in family feuds, clandestine investigations, undercover cops and a loving look at Three Pines.” —Oline Cogdill,South Florida Sun Sentinel

      “Louise Penny’s novels are unique for how seamlessly they straddle the line between charmingly small-town mysteries and big-city police procedurals . . . It’s not to be missed!” —BookPage(Top Pick)

      Brain-teasing puzzles, life-and-death stakes and lots of Three Pines, a magical place where the warmth in the villagers’ hearts thaws the ice on their eyelashes.”—St. Louis Post Dispatch

      “Complex ongoing saga… Wait anxiously for the next installment.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

      Penny does a splendid job of interweaving those three main plot lines, studding them with several life-threatening scenes that had me holding my breath, and building to a wild finale.”—Tampa Bay Tribune

      “Nimble sleight-of-hand plotting, strong characters, profound compassion and luminous prose are hallmarks of Penny’s novels. Although darker than previous books, this new entry is no exception.”—Seattle Times

      Another intricately plotted escapist mystery from Louise Penny.”—PopSugar

      “Few mystery writers intertwine the personal lives of their characters with the crimes being investigated more skillfully than Penny does, and she is at her best here, as several key players face turning points in their lives, suggesting that if the past can strangle the present, it can also help clear the way for the future.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

      “Penny is a master at blending the modern evils affecting the big city and hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)

      “Penny reveals a deeper vulnerability in the introspective Gamache… The ending is adrenaline-filled....This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander.” —Kirkus Reviews

      "I thoroughly enjoyedKingdom of the Blind. It’s always a treat to spend a few days with Armand Gamache and his latest investigation is one of my favorites." —James Patterson

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    The Water Dancer A Novel Ta-Nehisi Coates
    9780399590597 Hardcover FICTION / African American & Black On Sale Date:September 24, 2019
    $37.00 CAD 6.45 x 9.55 x 1.3 in | 1.45 lb | 416 pages Carton Quantity:12 One World
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      AN OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK A boldly imagined work of magic and adventure from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me.

      Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage—and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child—but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn’t understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram’s private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he’s ever known.

      So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind—but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss.

      This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author’s bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America’s oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.
      Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Ta-Nehisi lives in New York City with his wife and son.

      Author Residence: New York, NY

      Author Hometown: Baltimore, MD
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        Author Website: ta-nehisicoates.com
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Nearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.”Entertainment Weekly

      “Coates balances the horrors of slavery against the fantastical. He extends the idea of the gifts of the disenfranchised to include a kind of superpower. But The Water Dancer is very much its own book, and its gestures toward otherworldliness remain grounded. In the end, it is a novel interested in the psychological effects of slavery, a grief that Coates is especially adept at parsing…. In Coates’s world, an embrace can be a revelation, rare and astonishing.”—Esi Edugyan, The New York Times Book Review

      “The most surprising thing about The Water Dancer may be its unambiguous narrative ambition. This isn’t a typical first novel…. The Water Dancer is a jeroboam of a book, a crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling that tonally resembles the work of Stephen King as much as it does the work of Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead and the touchstone African-American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler…. It is flecked with forms of wonder-working that push at the boundaries of what we still seem to be calling magical realism.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

       “While neither polemical nor wholly fantastical, the story draws on skills [Coates] developed in those other genres…. The story’s bracing realism is periodically overcome by the mist of fantasy. The result is a budding superhero discovering the dimensions of his power within the confines of a historical novel that critiques the function of racial oppression…. Coates isn’t dropping supernatural garnish onto The Water Dancer any more than Toni Morrison sends a ghost whooshing through Beloved for cheap thrills. Instead, Coates’s fantastical elements are deeply integral to his novel, a way of representing something larger and more profound than the confines of realism could contain.”The Washington Post

      “Mythic language pervades the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates…. With The Water Dancer…we pay witness to a writer unchained…a writer finally able to marry novelistic tendencies to the form…. The fistfuls of firmament Coates is able to bring back to us are a wonder to behold…. The horrors depicted never felt rote or part of any genre rulebook. In highlighting families, Coates made his characters individuals…. Elements of the adventure novel, of the heist novel, of the romance are all there. But Coates expertly subverts the expectations each of those labels carries…. The book does not lack for scene-stealers…. Who is he talking to when he demands remembering? He’s talking to us. All of us.”—Tochi Onyebuchi, Tordotcom

      “Studied and meticulous, the novel is a slave narrative that depicts the quotidian horrors of family separation. Even so, it’s remarkably tender: The Water Dancer is also a romance.”The Atlantic

      “An experience in taking [Toni] Morrison’s ‘chances for liberation’ literally: What if memory had the power to transport enslaved people to freedom?’…The most moving part of The Water Dancer [is] the possibility it offers of an alternate history…. The book’s most poignant and painful gift is the temporary fantasy that all the people who leaped off slave ships and into the Atlantic were not drowning themselves in terror and anguish, but going home.”—NPR

      “An electrifying, inventive novel…[Coates] loses none of his mastery for conveying complex ideas and blending a deep knowledge of American history with scintillating wordsmanship…. His craft shows on every page. He gives this story—and these men and women—the care and space they demand and deserve…. A haunting adventure story told through the tough lens of history, The Water Dancer is a quintessentially American story of self-creation, doubt, and elevation.”The Boston Globe

      “The best writers—the best storytellers, in particular—possess the enchanting, irresistible power to take the reader somewhere else. Ta-Nehisi Coates imagines the furthest reach of that power as a means to transcend borders and bondage in The Water Dancer, a spellbinding look at the impact of slavery that uses meticulously researched history and hard-won magic to further illuminate this country’s original sin…. Exploring the loaded issues of race and slavery has become yet more fuel for today’s culture wars, but an underlying message of liberation through the embrace of history forms the true subject of The Water Dancer. … Coates envisions the transcendent potential in acknowledging and retelling stories of trauma from the past as a means out of darkness. With recent family separations at the U.S. border, this message feels all the more timely.”Los Angeles Times
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    The Bride Test Helen Hoang
    9780451490827 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:May 07, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.54 x 8.21 x 0.81 in | 0.65 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…

      Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

      As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

      With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

      Story Locale: San Francisco, CA
      Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired The Kiss Quotient.

      Author Residence: San Diego, CA
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        Marketing: Online advertising campaign

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        Book club outreach

        Backlist promotions

        Feature on Read It Forward, First to Read

        Publicity: National print publicity

        National online publicity

        Author Website: helenhoang.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook.com/HelenHoangAuthor; Twitter @badassestbarbie
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Bride Test

      “With The Bride Test, Hoang has once again shown readers the importance of representation in literature, while also creating a sexy, compassionate story about the power of love and the enduring American Dream.”—The Washington Post

      “With serious moments offset by spot-on humor, this romance has broad appeal, and it will find a special place in the hearts of autistic people and those who love them.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      "Everything you want a romance novel to be."—NPR

      "Hoang sheds light on a rarely represented segment of society, literally rewriting who is deserving of the leading role in a romantic novel."—Vogue Hong Kong

      The Bride Test is positively delightful....It's smart, honest, and achingly romantic, just as sexy as it is sweet.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six

      “Helen Hoang is a master of building characters that feel relatable.”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren

      “Prepare to fall in love all over again...The Bride Test is a charming love story that is equal parts sexy and sweet.”—PopSugar

      “Refreshingly real.”—Marie Claire

      "A heartwarming contemporary romance."—OprahMag.com

      “A stunning, superior romance.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “A winning love story that gives a voice to underrepresented characters.”—Booklist

      "We couldn't get enough of Helen Hoang's debut novel, The Kiss Quotient, so it's no surprise her second book is at the top of our list."—Good Housekeeping

      “From the author that rocked the lit world with her 2018 novel The Kiss Quotient, comes an equally addicting read that is perfect for summer.”—Women's Health

      "Hoang writes with the kind of humanity that we all should embody, the kind that makes you believe that there is still an abundance of good left in the world at any given moment."—Shondaland

      "Funny, heartwrenching, and the sort of book you'll literally clasp to your chest with a happy sigh after you finish it."—Amazon Book Review

      “This new quirky, heartwarming romance will make you believe in love again.”—Woman's Day

      “Hoang's books are tenderly personal.”—Entertainment Weekly

      “Hoang writes sensitively about underrepresented characters, while balancing heavier themes with light, sweet humor.”—PureWow

      "You’re not just reading a fun novel, you’re also reading a novel that’s giving visibility to groups that aren’t often written about."—Betches

      “A charming novel about the different forms that love can take.”—New York Post

      “Helen Hoang's books…are both delicious love stories and also deeply personal.”—Glamour

      “Refreshing, different, and uplifting.”—The Everygirl

      "This is one of the romance books of the year — deeply felt and beautifully written."BookBub

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