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  • 1
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    Natural Killer A Memoir Harriet Alida Lye Canada
    9780771049231 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:December 29, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 5.43 x 7.93 x 0.87 in | 0.6 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
    • Marketing Copy

      “I need people to know that I exist, that their experiment worked, that by some combination of luck and science, I’m alive.”

      In this harrowing and intimate memoir, Harriet Alida Lye explores how, at just fifteen years old, she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia called Natural Killer, named “the rarest and worst malignancy.” The average survival time of patients with this diagnosis is fifty-eight days. There are no known survivors. There were no known survivors.

      Fifteen years after Harriet’s diagnosis, she became pregnant, despite having been told that her chemotherapy treatment would likely make conception impossible. To be a mother is to make a death, as death is bound up in life. She knew her body had the ability to create death. She never trusted, was told to not even imagine, that it also had the power, that magical banality, to create life.

      Weaving in source material from the year she spent in hospital, written by both of her parents and her teenage self, this personal reflection is told through a seamless blend of narrative, snapshots, journal entries, and blog updates posted for friends and family.

      With probing lyricism and searing honesty, Natural Killer explores what it’s like to live with a life-threatening illness and survive it; what it means for a body to turn against itself, to self-destruct from within; and what it takes to regain trust in a body that has committed the ultimate betrayal.
      HARRIET ALIDA LYE’s acclaimed debut novel, The Honey Farm, was published in Canada, the US, and Australia. She was the founder and editor of Her Royal Majesty, a literary arts magazine that ran for six years. Her work has appeared in VICE, Hazlitt, The Happy Reader, Catapult, The Guardian, and the National Post. She studied Philosophy and English at the University of King’s College in Halifax and lived in Paris for the better part of eight years. She now lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Paid social advertising

        Publicity: pitch for reviews in major dailies

        pitch for interviews in books media including CBC The Next Chapter, The Quill & Quire, and The Globe and Mail

        events in Toronto and other parts of Ontario

        pitch literary festivals in Canada

        Author Website: www.harrietalida.com

        Author Social Media: @harrietalida
    • Awards & Reviews

      Advance praise for Harriet Alida Lye and Natural Killer:

      “Never have I read a more moving book on the fragile filament of life, the bond between people who love one another and struggle to find the words to express that love. The words are here, so wise and specific and drawn from the inward part. Harriet Alida Lye has no truck with fantasy or faith or folderol. She is a star witness to the bloom of life that surrounds death, and her work demands access to our unsentimental hearts.” —Michael Winter, author of Into the Blizzard

      Natural Killer is less a cancer memoir (though it is that) as a wise and heart-affirming reflection on the ties that bind us to one another: on motherhood but also daughterhood, control and surrender, and the body’s limit experiences. Harriet Alida Lye brilliantly weaves her materials together, from firsthand memories to medical records, scenes of the body ravaged and scenes of the body creating, in a truly original work of autobiography.” —Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse

      “Harriet Alida Lye takes the enormous cruelty of indiscriminate disease and creates something truly beautiful and deeply moving. A book about the terror of death that is brimming with the warmth and vibrancy of life.” —Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice

      “What a rare thing to read a book that makes you pause in reflection on nearly every page. Natural Killer is a remarkable story of an inspiring family that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. Alida Lye’s writing, intimate and subtle, asks profound questions about life, death, hope and trust that made me grateful to have spent time in her beautiful mind. This work, crafted so thoughtfully, will stay with me for a very long time.” —Ashley Audrain, author of The Push

      “In this generous book, Harriet Alida Lye opens up her life—and her body—to us. She guides us through the peaks and nadirs of human experience with her sensuous prose, her keen eye for the beauty that exists even in the terrible moments, and, above all, her boundless, fierce love.” —Anna Maxymiw, author of Dirty Work

      “Everything about this book is exceptional: the writing, the potency of its images, the portrayal of two lives linked across time, the writer herself. I cannot recommend this enough.” —Nafkote Tamirat, author of The Parking Lot Attendant

      "Gorgeous, brutal, a meteorite of a book. Natural Killer holds the sheer force and radical beauty of the miracle it depicts. Harriet Alida Lye was supposed to die at fifteen and did not. She then went on to become a mother. Looking into the dark centre of love, death and new life, Lye writes with the wisdom and measure of a young Didion. To read this memoir is to be changed by it." —Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker and Stunt
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    The Scientist and the Psychic A Son's Exploration of His Mother's Gift Christian Smith Canada
    9780735276826 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Channeling & Mediumship On Sale Date:December 29, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 5.99 x 8.99 x 0.87 in | 0.85 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
    • Marketing Copy

      Weaving together the story of his fractured relationship to his mother with research into her paranormal abilities, Dr. Christian Smith has created, in The Scientist and the Psychic, a captivating, one-of-a-kind memoir of belief, skepticism and familial love.

      Christian Smith realized his mother was different in the autumn of 1977 when he was eight years old. Before then, he’d witnessed séances at home and the kids at school sometimes teased him about his mom being a witch—so he sensed that his life wasn’t typical. But it wasn’t until he was backstage at a renowned concert venue in Toronto, watching from behind a curtain as Geraldine commanded an audience of 2,000 with her extrasensory readings, that he understood she was special. As Geraldine’s only child, he would assume the role of the quiet observer while she guided a live CBC broadcast of a séance; made startling and consistently accurate predictions; and eventually moved to LA to work with the parents of murder victims—and with convicted murderer Jeffrey R. MacDonald. Over time, the high profile and emotionally depleting work affected Geraldine’s health and relationships. Addiction took over her life, and her son pulled away.

      Fast forward to the present day: Christian is a molecular biologist and Geraldine is retired and in poor health. They are closer than they’ve ever been, and now he gives us the story of her undeniable perceptual abilities and pioneering work as a psychic—and endeavours to make scientific sense of it.

      Story Locale: Toronto, Los Angeles
      DR. CHRISTIAN SMITH holds a doctorate in the molecular and cellular biology of cancer, has twenty-three years of experience as a research scientist, and recently completed an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from the University of King’s College. Since 2006, he has been the Manager of Research Operations of a world-renowned Brain Tumour Research Centre in Toronto. The Scientist and the Psychic is his first book.

      Author Residence: Toronto
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: US Plans:

        Review mailing to trade publications

        Goodreads promotion prepublication 

        National publicity 

        National radio campaign 

        Podcast outreach 

        Publicity: Yes 1st serial rights

        National Media (Globe & Mail already interested)

        Make use of author’s connections in the medical world that we might not have usual access to

        Events with TPL (already interested)

        Possible festival appearances

        Feature Website: scientistandthepsychic.com

        Author Social Media: Instagram: @drcasmith
    • Awards & Reviews

      “In this utterly fascinating book, Christian Smith’s science background is juxtaposed with his mother’s paranormal gifts as a psychic medium, pitting research against experiences that cannot be replicated. Smith’s search for absolute proof of both the afterlife and the survival of consciousness after death will push even the most skeptical minds towards acceptance. The Scientist and the Psychic is also a love letter from a son to his mother—a ‘behind the lens’ exploration of mediumship, channeling, psychometry, and telepathy, and the heart-breaking toll these extraordinary gifts exacted on Geraldine Stringer’s closest family members, and on herself. A candid story told with honesty and great poignancy, and an absolute must-read.” —Susan Doherty, author of The Ghost Garden

      The Scientist and the Psychic is well-written and thought-provoking—an intriguing twist on the tale of a child of whose celebrated parent attends more to her public than to them. Christian Smith offers compelling ideas about his mother’s psychic mind and celebrates, in the end, the gifts of connection and forgiveness.” —Patricia Pearson, author of Opening Heaven’s Door and Wish You Were Here
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Last Interview and Other Conversations MELVILLE HOUSE
    9781612199191 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women On Sale Date:December 01, 2020
    $23.99 CAD 5.45 x 8.17 x 0.54 in | 0.45 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Melville House
    • Marketing Copy

      The newest entry in the increasingly popular series collects fascinating and in-depth interviews with Bill Moyers, Nina Totenberg, and more, and conversations (with Antonin Scalia and high school students) from throughout the long, ground-breaking career of one of the greatest, most influential, and most exciting legal minds in American history.

      From her start in Depression-era New York, to her final days at the pinnacle of the American legal system, Ruth Bader Ginsburg defied convention, blazing a trail that helped bring greater equality to women, and to all Americans. In this collection of in-depth interviews—including her last, as well as one of her first—Ginsburg details her rise from a Brooklyn public school to becoming the second woman on the United States Supreme Court, and her non-stop fight for gender equality along the way. Besides telling the story behind many of her famous court battles, she also talks openly about motherhood and her partnership with her beloved husband, her Jewishness, her surprising friendship with her legal polar opposite Justice Antonin Scalia, her passion for opera, and, in one of the collection’s most charming interviews, offers advice to high school students wondering about the law. It is, in the end, both an engrossing look into a fascinating life, and an inspiring tribute to an American icon.
      Ruth Bader Ginsburg served on the Supreme Court of the United States as associate justice from 1993 until her death in 2020. Before that, she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from her appointment in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter until her appointment to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. She graduated from Columbia Law School in 1959 in a tie for the first in her class. She was on both the Columbia Law Review and the Harvard Law Review—the first woman to be on two major law reviews. She became a professor at Rutgers Law School in 1963 and she subsequently taught at Columbia Law School from 1972 to 1980. In 1972, she also co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Through her work with the ACLU, she argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court between 1973 and 1976. She won five.

      Author Residence: Deceased

      Author Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Extensive newsletter campaign targeting readers, librarians, booksellers, and academics (~60K)

        Early digital ARCs to librarians, booksellers

        Targeted outreach to bookstores and librarians in DC

        Finished copies to influencer super-fans

        Amazon A+ content featuring RGB quotes

        GoodReads Giveaway ~4 weeks prepub

        Amazon and Google ad campaign

        Early buzz pre-order campaign on social

        Targeted hashtag strategy for special interest categories to boost discoverability

        Robust Melville House social promotion cadence across all platforms - Twitter: 85.4K, Instagram: 23.2K, and Facebook: 11K

        Social cross pollination targeting high profile influencers - Regram/UGC pushes

        Targeted social advertising

        Post-pub extensive social coverage of media hits and features

        Big mouth campaign targeting comp title readers across Bookstagram

        Giveaway hosted on Melville House accounts (combined ~120K)

        Publicity: Included in monthly roundups in cultural outlets like Buzzfeed, Salon, Huffington Post, Bustle, the Atlantic, the Skimm, and more

        Targeting cover reveal in national media outlet like EW

    • Awards & Reviews

      “Her entire legal career, her time on the Supreme Court, really pushed open a new set of possibilities for women all over the country and all over the world. She was an icon. A great role model to me.”—Michelle Obama

      “She will remain the standard of courage and intellect and kindness and heart that all of us should strive for.”—Gloria Steinem

      “She was small in stature but even the tallest looked up to her. Her voice was soft but her message rang loud and clear and will echo forever.”—Dolly Parton

      “With the exception of Thurgood Marshall, no Supreme Court justice did more to realize the Constitution’s promise of ”equal protection of the law“ than Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”—David Cole, National Legal Director, ACLU
  • 4
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    9781779502612 Hardcover COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Dystopian On Sale Date:December 01, 2020
    $39.99 CAD 8.76 x 11.16 x 0.62 in | 1.73 lb | 200 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y DC Comics
    • Marketing Copy

      Wonder Woman’s mission was to save Man’s World from itself. She failed.

      When Diana awakens from a centuries-long sleep, she discovers Earth has been reduced to a nuclear wasteland. Now she’s marooned in a dark and dangerous future, protecting the last human city from titanic monsters and struggling to uncover the secret of this dead Earth…and how she may be responsible for it.

      In the newest title from DC’s critically acclaimed Black Label line, Daniel Warren Johnson, the celebrated creator of Murder Falcon and Extremity, mixes sci-fi and fantasy into a harrowing postapocalyptic vision of Wonder Woman unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Collects the full four issue miniseries along with behind-the-scenes artwork.
      Daniel Warren Johnson is a Chicago-based comic book writer, artist, and illustrator. His comic book projects include the heavy-metal-meets-monstersseries Murder Falcon and revenge epic Extremity at Image Comics, and the misfit sci-fi story Space Mullet at Dark Horse Comics. He makes his DC debut with Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, presenting the iconic superhero fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world.

      Author Residence: Chicago, IL
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: B&T and Ingram Supplement

        Library Journal ad

        Academic Reading Guide

        Edelweiss Banner and featured title

        Goodreads and Bookriot campaign

        Shelf Awareness ad

        Promotional Bookmarks available

        Online advertising - Facebook, Instagram

        House ads in DC titles

        Email promotion via DC’s email newsletter (reach of 600K+ subscribers)

        Author Social Media: twitter.com/danielwarrenart
    • Awards & Reviews

      Dead Earth is what happens when you plop Diana of Themiscyra’s mythos into apocalyptian high fantasy.” —Den of Geek

      Wonder Woman: Dead Earth throws Diana Prince into a desolate wasteland filled with monsters in an epic and dark comic series.” —Screen Rant
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    Attack on Titan 32 Hajime Isayama
    9781646510313 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:December 22, 2020
    $14.99 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.6 in | 0.39 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
    • Marketing Copy

      The blockbuster action manga that inspired the epic anime stampedes towards its climax!


      Determined to protect his beloved home of Paradis, Eren uses the Founding Titan’s power in an attempt to wipe out the rest of humanity. As the droves of Titans press on, Eren, long unrecognizable as a friend, a brother, a savior, has become indiscernible from a devil…Now, Mikasa, Armin, and the surviving members of the Survey Corps must band together with their sworn enemies—Marleyan soldiers and 104th defectors—to save the world.

      Story Locale: The post-apocalyptic future

      Series Overview: Humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humanity. For the past century, what’s left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. Now, a young boy consumed with rage displays a strange ability: The power to transform into a Titan! Is this the lucky break humanity needs to survive?
      With his debut series, “Attack on Titan,” Hajime Isayama has enjoyed a meteoric rise from unknown to one of Japan’s top comics artists.

      Author Residence: Japan

      Author Hometown: Japan
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Dub Blu-ray/DVD now available from FUNimation

        Cross promotion on DVD with Funimation, including video ad displayed on the DVD

        Advertising with Crunchyroll.com

        Advertising with Facebook and Google Ads

        Cross promotion with Crunchyroll, who are streaming the anime

        Publicity: Major events marketing effort at Anime Expo 2019 (110,000 attendees) included live demo of the video game and other cross-promotion

        Massive presence at other conventions (including San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic Con), including cosplay contests, posters, and prizes

        Promotion on Kodansha Comics’s Tumblr (14,600 followers), Facebook (13,100 likes) and Twitter (32,000 followers)…and growing every day

    • Awards & Reviews

      “Japan’s equivalent of The Walking Dead.” -io9.com

      “Some of the most intense and dynamic action sequences I’ve seen in a long time.” - Comic Book Resources

      “The human-versus-Titan battles in Attack on Titan are thrilling enough in themselves, with dizzying maneuvers and speedlines galore.” - Anime News Network
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    Snowdrift Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy
    9781641291606 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:December 08, 2020
    $35.95 CAD 5.71 x 8.52 x 1.22 in | 1.24 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y Soho Crime
    • Marketing Copy

      When a new lead breaks in the cold case that has long haunted Swedish Detective Inspector Embla Nyström, the truth she’s been seeking about her best friend’s disappearance may finally be revealed—if it doesn’t kill her first.

      One winter night, 28-year-old Detective Inspector Embla Nyström receives a phone call that sends her reeling. It’s been fourteen years since her best friend disappeared from a nightclub in Gothenburg, but Embla recognizes her voice before the call abruptly disconnects. Embla is thrilled to learn Lollo is still alive, but before she can dive into the case, she gets another phone call—this time from a relative. A man has been found shot dead in one of the guest houses he and his wife manage in rural Sweden. Could she come take a look?

      When Embla arrives on the scene, she receives another shock. The dead man is Milo Stavic, a well-known gang member and one of the last people seen with Lollo. And, as Embla soon learns, the same night that Milo was shot in the guest house, his brother Luca was also killed. Why, after all these years, is someone targeting the Stavic brothers, and where is the third brother? With help from a handsome local detective and his police dog in training, Embla launches an investigation into the three Stavic brothers, hoping it will bring her closer to finally finding Lollo and putting an end to her terrible nightmares.

      Story Locale: Sweden
      Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. She is the author of the Irene Huss series, including Detective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, Who Watcheth, and Protected by the Shadows; the Embla Nyström series; and the short story collection An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good. Her books have been translated into 25 languages and made into a television series. She was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband.

      Author Residence: Gothenburg, Sweden

      Author Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Digital advertising to fans of Scandinavian crime fiction.

        Digital advertising to a targeted intersection of women who read mysteries and hunt.

        Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com.

        Publicity: Helene Tursten’s turn toward a darker, edgier, and younger character serves the genre-favorite plotline centering on missing children and a ticking clock to find them. U.S. and U.K. media campaign focusing on mystery review outlets as well as feminisit and potentially hunting-interest outlets too.
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Snowdrift

      “In this third series entry, Embla once again proves herself a force to be reckoned with . . . Ms. Tursten’s novel commands attention from the start, even as it lays the groundwork for a series of startling revelations—and a prolonged action sequence that soaks the snow blood-red.”
      The Wall Street Journal

      “Tursten’s descriptions of the cold are bone-cracking . . . Embla’s customary coolness gives way to nightmares, anxiety and more.”
      The New York Times

      “A solid character-driven tale . . . the settings in this personal-twist police procedural ring true, including descriptions of sub-freezing weather, food (moose meatballs, wild boar cutlets), bleak geography and the storytelling’s demeanor. It’s nothing if not Nordic—which is part of its charm.”
      USA Today

      “A frosty good yarn.”
      The Winnipeg Free Press

      “Spellbinding . . . The action includes a spectacular chase sequence, a bombshell twist that turns the cases around, and an explosive firestorm. This stunning page-turner is unarguably the best in the series.”
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “A series of clues and red herrings leave readers on the edge of their seats as twists and turns in the narrative keep the suspense at a high level. The characters are well limned and believable, while the excellent translation from Swedish to English by Marlaine Delargy makes for a solidly smooth read. This is Helene Tursten at her finest.”

      “With her third book in this series, Swedish writer Helene Tursten again displays her penchant for meticulous detail—makes and models of cars, the finer points of guns and ammunition, home furnishings, even characters’ food preferences. Who doesn’t love smoked moose heart and pickled chanterelles?”
      —Air Mail

      “If you long for the warm comfort of a well-written, traditional police procedural, Snowdrift should be on your Christmas list this winter.”
      —Crime Fiction Lover

      “A winning Scandinavian crime series, with an immensely driven, physically capable and very human heroine at its heart.”
      —7:30 Book Club

      “Helene Tursten has created her very own brand of slow-burning and classical crime fiction novels with great atmosphere, superb plotting and interesting characters . . . A perfect read for a long dark winter evening.”

      “Brace for a page-turner, and enjoy this fierce new police procedural turned thriller, with its engaging and memorable 'wounded' detective.”
      —Kingdom Books

      “Perhaps the best yet in this series.”
      —Parry Sound

      “This twist-laden third episode offers further evidence of Embla’s resilience and investigative tenacity as she confronts her burdens of guilt and fear, opens herself to romantic possibilities, and methodically plows through multiple levels of deceit.”

      “Nightmares about the abduction of her childhood best friend, Lollo, have bedeviled police officer Embla Nyström for half of her 28 years. One of those jarring nightmares opens Helene Tursten’s latest thriller, Snowdrift . . . As always in Tursten’s books, the well-drawn characters and first-rate suspense provide fine examples of the dark delights of Scandinavian noir.”

      Praise for the Embla Nyström investigations

      “[A] winning series.”
      The Wall Street Journal

      “An engrossing read.”
      BBC Culture

      “Haunted, driven, immensely human and highly trained as a hunter and tracker, Embla is a winning new Scandinavian noir lead.”
      —Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture

      “Impetuous and physical . . . [Embla is] a bright light among young Swedish cop characters.”
      —Toronto Star

      “Solid and absorbing . . . Tursten takes her time staging the story, focusing on fine descriptions of her rugged setting and the engaging, tough young detective.”
      —Adam Woog, The Seattle Times

      “A powerful new heroine.”
      Check It Out, KWIT.org

      “[An] outstanding series launch . . . Embla is a refreshingly capable lead, whose situational ethics means that she doesn’t feel she must do everything by the book.”
      —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “Embla, still plagued by nightmares about losing her teenage best friend, is a sharp, willful, though emotionally vulnerable detective. Fans of the Huss novels in particular and Nordic noir in general will want to follow this series from its start.”
      —Booklist, Starred Review

      “Tursten delivers with an intricate, complex (but not confusing), carefully constructed plot with a long list of victims and a longer list of suspects to go with it . . . a perfect winter read.”
      Mystery Scene Magazine

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    The Opium Prince Jasmine Aimaq Canada
    9781641291583 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:December 01, 2020
    $35.95 CAD 5.76 x 8.52 x 1.24 in | 1.23 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:18 Canadian Rights: Y Soho Crime
    • Marketing Copy

      Jasmine Aimaq’s stunning debut explores Afghanistan on the eve of a violent revolution and the far-reaching consequences of a young Kochi girl’s tragic death.

      Afghanistan, 1970s. Born to an American mother and a late Afghan war hero, Daniel Sajadi has spent his life navigating a complex identity. After years in Los Angeles, he is returning home to Kabul at the helm of a US foreign aid agency dedicated to eradicating the poppy fields that feed the world’s opiate addiction.
      But on the drive out of Kabul for an anniversary trip with his wife, Daniel accidentally hits and kills a young Kochi girl named Telaya. He is let off with a nominal fine, in part because nomad tribes are ignored in the eyes of the law, but also because a mysterious witness named Taj Maleki intercedes on his behalf. Wracked with guilt and visions of Telaya, Daniel begins to unravel, running from his crumbling marriage and escalating threats from Taj, who turns out to be a powerful opium khan willing to go to extremes to save his poppies.
      This groundbreaking literary thriller reveals the invisible lines between criminal enterprises and political regimes—and one man’s search for meaning at the heart of a violent revolution.

      Story Locale: 1970s Afghanistan
      Jasmine Aimaq is half-Afghan, half-Swedish and grew up in several countries, including Germany, Afghanistan, England and the United States. She obtained her BA in History from UCLA and her PhD in History from Lund University Sweden. She has taught History and International Relations and also had a career in nonprofit. She was director of Press and Corporate Relations at the Pacific Council on International Policy, and Deputy Executive Director at Global Green USA, Mikhail Gorbachev’s environmental and arms control movement. She is now the director of communications at Quest University Canada.

      Author Residence: Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Robust galley campaign: featured at ALA Annual, PLA, and mailings in ABA Whitebox, B&T.

        Online trade advertising in Shelf Awareness.

        Dedicated advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this series and imprint-wide.

        Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

        Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com, and our digital vertical: www.discovermysteries.com

        Publicity: This smart espinonage thriller examines large political systems as the backdrop to a more personal drama in the same vein as such classic fiction as THE QUIET AMERICAN. The many historical handles such as the Cold War and Communism, the opium trade, and the insistence of American intervention are contemporary issues mirrored in today’s headlines. Author’s impressive bio will also lead to interviews and non-fiction essays to be placed in glossies. Large publicity mailing seeking glossy, TV, and other media outlets.
    • Awards & Reviews

      A CrimeReads Best Espionage Novel of 2020
      A Finalist for the 2021 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel
      A Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Debut of 2021

      Praise for The Opium Prince

      “The story begins in 1970, when an American diplomat, posted to Afghanistan, accidentally hits a young girl with his car. The girl’s death becomes blackmail leverage for a local kingpin, and as the drug lord and diplomat tangle, Aimaq—who, like her protagonist, grew up in Afghanistan—shows that country’s complicated history in a pulse-pounding thriller.”
      The Washington Post

      “A captivating work of fiction that examines how its two protagonists move from guilt and despair to redemption . . . The main substance of the story centers around Taj’s attempts to manipulate and profit from Daniel’s deep guilt over the accident. Add to this a troubled marriage, jealousy over real or imagined past affairs, and an unflinching look at all the strata of Afghan society and you have a story that holds the reader’s attention . . . Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the land and its inhabitants, and will also have reason to anticipate her next literary effort.”
      The Christian Science Monitor

      “A smart, moody tale of political intrigue and personal upheaval set in 1970s Afghanistan . . . The Opium Prince is the sort of fiction that plunges readers deep inside its world. Full of rich, brisk descriptions, memorable characters, historical references and more than a little melodrama, the book involves and intrigues.”
      Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

      “A pulse-pounding thriller.”
      San Diego Union Tribune

      “[An] ambitious, complex and multifaceted—what every novel about a nation should aspire to be.”
      —Chicago Review of Books

      “A gripping story that delves into the 'real Afghanistan' that lies behind the headlines. Jasmine Aimaq brings deep personal and family knowledge of Afghanistan to bear on the full panoply of actors in the tragedy of Afghanistan: US shortsightedness, determined Islamists, family bonds, and Afghan moderates trying to find an in-between. Deeply informed, beautifully written, vivid characters, with a real feel for this complex culture and geopolitical agony from competing perspectives. A stunning debut literary novel.”
      —Graham Fuller, former CIA Station Chief in Kabul and author of A World Without Islam

      The Opium Prince is an evocative, overdue tale of Afghanistan, written with searing insight by Jasmine Aimaq. Against the backdrop of 1970s Kabul, Aimaq sets an edgy cat-and-mouse game between a half-Afghan US government official and an opium khan, threaded together by the hard beauty of the country's land and people. I couldn’t put it down.”
      —Cara Black, New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc series and Three Hours in Paris

      “Aimaq’s brilliant debut novel achieves the nifty trick of being both an exciting espionage tale and an evocative portrayal of 1970s Afghanistan, when the Americans, Soviets and Islamists were sizing each other up for the coming conflict.”
      —Metro UK

      “[A] stellar debut . . . Aimaq, a former arms control analyst for a non-profit, draws heavily on her childhood experiences in Afghanistan to provide glimpses into the complicated political and cultural dynamics of a country that has seen nearly half a century of constant war. Though she has altered some historical details to fit the narrative, her observations provide astonishing context to contemporary global issues such as Islamic extremism and the international heroin trade. Fans of Lauren Wilkinson’s Cold War thriller American Spy won’t want to miss this one.”
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “Offering a piercing look at the Afghan view of foreign aid and patriarchal foreigners, Aimaq, who is half-Afghan and spent part of her life in the country, is a writer to watch. Every carefully described detail here will stay with readers as they examine what they thought they knew about America’s exporting of democracy and its war on drugs. For its worlds-within-worlds quality, give this to David Mitchell fans; it’s also a great choice for bookclubs.”
      Booklist, Starred Review

      “In her extraordinary fiction debut, The Opium Prince, Afghan Swedish academic and communications expert Jasmine Aimaq, who lives in Canada, combines elements of literary thriller, sociopolitical exposé and historical witnessing . . . Aimaq deftly confronts foreign aid, global drugs, foreign privilege, cultural entitlement, family loyalty and legacy, against the backdrop of two strangers whose future becomes inextricably, horrifically entangled. Who triumphs—or even just survives—is never guaranteed.”
      —Shelf Awareness

      “[A] stunning debut.”

      “A young American diplomat comes face to face with the turmoil of Afghan society and the anguish of its people . . . An ambitious debut that defies easy categorization.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “I love this book. Daniel Sajadi is a complicated protagonist: an idealist, a loving husband, and the burdened son of a hero, so driven by his goals that he’s blind to the consequences of his actions, yet we never stop rooting for him. Jasmine Aimaq's writing is gorgeous, creating a fully immersive universe—the sights, sounds and smells of city versus desert; the fields of poppies; and the Russian tanks and cigarette smoke of an Afghanistan unlike the one most Americans know. A cinematic yet introspective page-turner.”
      —Chaya Deitsch, author of Here and There: Leaving Hasidism and Keeping My Family

      “[A] novel of soft power and shadowy machinations . . . Jasmine Aimaq has crafted a powerful critique of criminal empires, large and small.”

      “Aimaq has written a brilliant thriller filled with twists and turns and tragic miscalculations, a breathtaking story of a man pushed to the brink, and a nation on the verge of violent revolution.”
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    The Dead Girls Club A Novel Damien Angelica Walters
    9781643856483 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:December 08, 2020
    $22.99 CAD 5.48 x 8.25 x 0.85 in | 0.66 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Crooked Lane Books
    • Marketing Copy

      One of Refinery29’s and POPSUGAR’s Favorite New Books

      A scary story becomes far too real in this “unsettling” supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts that “will keep you guessing to the very last page” (Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger)

      Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…

      In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real—and she could prove it.

      That belief got Becca killed.

      It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night—that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.

      The night Heather killed her.

      Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.
      Damien Angelica Walters is the author of Cry Your Way Home, Paper Tigers, and Sing Me Your Scars, winner of This is Horror’s Short Story Collection of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the Shirley Jackson Award Finalists Autumn Cthulhu and The Madness of Dr. Caligari, World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda’s Song, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Apex Magazine. Until the magazine’s closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls.

      Author Residence: Maryland
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        Publicity: National print publicity

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        Bookspan direct mail/e-mail campaign reaching 1.2 million readers

        Giveaway: Crooked Lane, Author, Mystery Community sites, blogs, and social media

        Featured title on MysteryGuild.com, MG Facebook, CrookedLaneBooks.com, and Crooked Lane’s Casebook newsletter

        Promotion on author’s social media and newsletters

    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Dead Girls Club:

      "With The Dead Girls Club, Damien Angelica Walters gives us a disturbing, compelling, twisty, feminist, coming-of-age/horror hybrid that feeds off our obsessions and anxieties. The Red Lady abides."
      —Paul Tremblay, bestselling author of A Head Full of Ghosts

      "Walters offers a rich and complex picture of childhood and the traumas found within it."
      Cultured Vultures

      "Especially appealing to readers who grew up with R.L. Stine's Fear Street series, Walters' first novel will find fans among a wide range of horror readers."

      "A modern tale destined to pull thriller lovers through cold winter nights."
      Pittsburgh-Post Gazette

      "Ghosts, literal or not, haunt the core of this novel...Walters ramps up the tension and thrills (and twists) as the novel careens towards its conclusion."
      The Nerd Daily

      “[Damien’s] writing talent and horror roots are on display...A solid debut mystery.”
      Mystery Scene Magazine

      "Psychological and disturbing...In the frightening world of The Dead Girls Club, women's lives are shaped by violence, but there may be a haunting way out."
      Foreword Reviews

      "[A] twisty supernatural thriller."
      Kirkus Reviews

      "One of the most finely crafted works of the century so far...The author has a way with words that is inescapable and utterly unforgettable, deviously soothing and darkly ominous."
      Horror DNA

      “This supernatural thriller will have readers crawling under the covers...All the creepy crawly feelings of a ghost story complete with goosebumps and one-eye-shut moments.”
      Manhattan Book Review

      "Damien Angelica Walters once again proves why she's a major voice in the horror and thriller genres...Put this on your reading list now, as it's sure to be among the top books of 2019."
      —Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens

      “Unsettling...If you like twists, it will keep you guessing to the very last page.”
      —Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger

      "Feeding on classic coming-of-age horror themes...The Dead Girls Club becomes a stifling portrait of the adolescent trauma that hides behind suburban veneers, tracing the haunting ripples of guilt that never fade."
      —Louis Greenberg, half of S.L. Grey, author-duo of The Apartment

      "The Dead Girls Club effortlessly combines [Damien's] artistic, literary flair with a supernatural story that’s equally familiar and unexpected."
      Grit Daily

      Praise for Damien Angelica Walters:

      "Eloquent prose."
      Publishers Weekly, starred review for Cry Your Way Home

      "A writer who only seems to get better and better."
      —This is Horror

      "If you have not yet heard of Damien Angelica Walters then you are missing out."
      Signal Horizon

      "The queen of deft, delightfully flowing, yet quietly unobtrusive words, and the wielder of one hell of a wicked blade aimed right at your weak spots."
      Cemetery Dance

      "Walters is impressive."
      —Laird Barron, author of The Croning and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

      "Damien Angelica Walters writes prose as sharp as a scalpel. With surgical precision, she slices through her characters' veneers to lay bare the secret scars underneath, the knots of fear and desire twisting them...Walters is a writer to watch."
      —John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies

      "Walters' prose is vivid and gripping, luring you in, feeding you images that will leave you comforted by the light of your bedside nightstand."
      —Rebecca Jones-Howe, author of Vile Men
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    Love, Kurt The Vonnegut Love Letters, 1941-1945 Kurt Vonnegut, Edith Vonnegut
    9780593133019 Hardcover LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Letters On Sale Date:December 01, 2020
    $47.00 CAD 7.74 x 9.47 x 0.87 in | 2.01 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House
    • Marketing Copy

      A never-before-seen collection of deeply intimate love letters from Kurt Vonnegut to his first wife, Jane, compiled and edited by their daughter and reproduced in gorgeous full color.

      “If ever I do write anything of length—good or bad—it will be written with you in mind.”

      Kurt Vonnegut’s oldest daughter, Edith, was cleaning out her mother’s attic when she stumbled upon a dusty box. Inside were more than two-hundred love letters written by Kurt to Jane, spanning the early years of their relationship: from 1941, when nineteen-year-old Kurt heads off to college, to his deployment to Europe in 1944 and the couple’s marriage in 1945. The letters are full of the humor and wit that we have come to associate with Kurt Vonnegut. But they also show more private corners of his mind: Passionate and tender, the letters form an illuminating portrait of a young soldier’s life in World War II as he attempts to come to grips with love and mortality. And they expose the origins of Vonnegut the writer, when Jane was the only person who believed in and supported him, and they had no idea how celebrated he would become.

      A beautiful full-color collection of handwritten letters, notes, sketches, and comics, interspersed with Edith’s insights and family memories, Love, Kurt is an intimate record of a young man growing into himself, a fascinating account of a writer finding his voice, and a moving testament to the life-altering experience of falling in love.
      Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959, and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Kurt Vonnegut died in April 2007.

      Edith “Edie” Vonnegut is Kurt Vonnegut’s oldest daughter. She was born in Schenectady, New York in 1949, and raised in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She works as a painter and has exhibited in galleries across the United States. She wrote and illustrated the book Domestic Goddesses. She has also served as a contributing illustrator to The New York Times Op-Ed page and Playboy. She lives in the barn behind the house she grew up in with her husband, John, and has two sons and two grandchildren.

      Author Residence: Barnstable, MA

      Author Hometown: Indianapolis, IN; Schenectady, NY
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Pre-pub consumer buzz building campaign

        Online marketing

        Social media campaign

        Targeted email marketing

        Random House e-newsletters and websites

        Library outreach

        Academic outreach

        Publicity: National media attention

        National/local review and feature print attention

        National/local radio attention

        Online review and feature attention

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        Author events: Indianapolis, IN interviews and event porgramming

    • Awards & Reviews

      “[A] revelatory collection of letters… Literary buffs will relish this fascinating, intimate glimpse of a renowned writer’s formative years.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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    Bag Man The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House Rachel Maddow, Michael Yarvitz
    9780593136683 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct On Sale Date:December 08, 2020
    $37.00 CAD 5.7 x 8.5 x 1 in | 0.99 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Crown
    • Marketing Copy

      The knockdown, drag-out, untold story of the other scandal that rocked Nixon’s White House, and reset the rules for crooked presidents to come—with new reporting that expands on Rachel Maddow’s Peabody Award-nominated podcast

      Is it possible for a sitting vice president to direct a vast criminal enterprise within the halls of the White House? To have one of the most brazen corruption scandals in American history play out while nobody’s paying attention? And for that scandal to be all but forgotten decades later?

      The year was 1973, and Spiro T. Agnew, the former governor of Maryland, was Richard Nixon’s second-in-command. Long on firebrand rhetoric and short on political experience, Agnew had carried out a bribery and extortion ring in office for years, when—at the height of Watergate—three young federal prosecutors discovered his crimes and launched a mission to take him down before it was too late, before Nixon’s impending downfall elevated Agnew to the presidency. The self-described “counterpuncher” vice president did everything he could to bury their investigation: dismissing it as a “witch hunt,” riling up his partisan base, making the press the enemy, and, with a crumbling circle of loyalists, scheming to obstruct justice in order to survive.

      In this blockbuster account, Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz detail the investigation that exposed Agnew’s crimes, the attempts at a cover-up—which involved future president George H. W. Bush—and the backroom bargain that forced Agnew’s resignation but also spared him years in federal prison. Based on the award-winning hit podcast, Bag Man expands and deepens the story of Spiro Agnew’s scandal and its lasting influence on our politics, our media, and our understanding of what it takes to confront a criminal in the White House.
      Rachel Maddow has hosted the Emmy Award-winning The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC since 2008. She has a doctorate in politics from Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford.

      Michael Yarvitz is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television producer and journalist. He was the executive producer and co-writer of the award-winning podcast series Bag Man.

      Author Residence: New York; Western Massachusetts; LA
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        Marketing: Promotion via Rachel Maddow’s show and extensive social media channels

        Digital advertising campaign at venues such as NPR and Facebook

        Ongoing support from social media influencers and VIPs

        Assets: graphics, animated cover, potential video

        Publicity: National media attention

        Author Social Media: Twitter @Maddow, @Maddowblog; Facebook @TheRachelMaddowShow; Instagram @maddowshow
    • Awards & Reviews

      “The full sordid story of Spiro Agnew…[Maddow and Yarvitz] don’t hold back.” The New York Times

      “A case study in how the democratic ideal of equal justice under the law collides with the squalid realities of America’s political system…a brisk and engaging account [that] sheds light on the challenges—legal, moral, political—of treating presidents and vice presidents like every other citizen.”The Washington Post

      Bag Man delivers a powerful and timeless lesson about America’s enduring principles while demonstrating that the final verdict of history may differ from self-interested contemporary accounts and highlighting how much the rule of law depends upon the character of the people who enforce it.”—Rod J. Rosenstein, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General
      Bag Man is a super-entertaining page-turner about a mostly forgotten—yet hugely important—chapter of American history that played out right in the shadow of Watergate. It’s a deeply wild tale of greed, criminality, and corruption infecting the highest levels of our government. But at its heart, it’s a human story, a reminder that people make up our institutions, and ultimately they have the ability to protect—and to save—our democracy when it really needs their help.”—Ben Stiller

      “Long before Donald Trump disrupted the rules of politics, Spiro Agnew cheerfully derided liberals, the establishment, ivory tower professors, and the press. In Bag Man, Maddow and Yarvitz provide rich new details about the shameless corruption and astonishing fall of Richard Nixon’s vice president. Meticulous reporting and vivid storytelling bring to life the lessons from the investigation and prosecution of a leader at the top of American government, providing useful guidance today as we navigate rhyming themes. As the authors write, ‘History is here to help.’”—Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

      “Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz expand on their riveting podcast to create a work both scholarly and disturbing. Their fast-paced unfurling of Vice President Agnew’s almost forgotten crimes—which feel all too familiar to anyone paying attention to politics lately—offers a critical case study in the patterns of corruption that continue to plague our democracy, documenting how politicians abuse their office and how the good guys can bring them to justice. Both a thriller and a history book, Bag Man is a triumph of storytelling.”—Preet Bharara, New York Times bestselling author of Doing Justice and host of the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet

      “A welcome reminder that, unlike today, in the case of Agnew, political crimes were actually punished (and in a nonpartisan fashion).”Kirkus Reviews

      “Colorful…Maddow’s fans will enjoy this entertaining and well-researched recap of Agnew’s comeuppance.”Publishers Weekly

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