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    Ridgerunner Gil Adamson Canada
    9781487006563 Hardcover FICTION / Literary Publication Date:May 12, 2020
    $32.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 1.4 in | 1.28 lb | 456 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y House of Anansi Press
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      Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Winner

      Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist

      Part literary Western and part historical mystery, Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winner Ridgerunner is now available as a paperback.

      November 1917. William Moreland is in mid-flight. After nearly twenty years, the notorious thief, known as the Ridgerunner, has returned. Moving through the Rocky Mountains and across the border to Montana, the solitary drifter, impoverished in means and aged beyond his years, is also a widower and a father. And he is determined to steal enough money to secure his son’s future.

      Twelve-year-old Jack Boulton has been left in the care of Sister Beatrice, a formidable nun who keeps him in cloistered seclusion in her grand old house. Though he knows his father is coming for him, the boy longs to return to his family’s cabin, deep in the woods. When Jack finally breaks free, he takes with him something the nun is determined to get back — at any cost.

      Set against the backdrop of a distant war raging in Europe and a rapidly changing landscape in the West, Gil Adamson’s follow-up to her award-winning debut, The Outlander, is a vivid historical novel that draws from the epic tradition and a literary Western brimming with a cast of unforgettable characters touched with humour and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world.


      GIL ADAMSON is the critically acclaimed author of Ridgerunner, which won the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was named a best book of the year by the Globe and Mail and the CBC. Her first novel, The Outlander, won the Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the ReLit Award, and the Drummer General’s Award. It was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, CBC Canada Reads, and the Prix Femina in France; longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and chosen as a Globe and Mail and Washington Post Top 100 Book. She is also the author of a collection of linked stories, Help Me, Jacques Cousteau, and two poetry collections, Primitive and Ashland. She lives in Toronto.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2020, Short-listed
      Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize 2020, Short-listed
      Adamson’s Ridgerunner is the kind of book that forges the possible from the impossible, despite age and borders. It’s a hearty, brave novel that challenges us to live life on our own terms.
      Part literary Western, part historical mystery, it’s a vivid story that grabs you by the eyeballs on page one.
      Engrossing … Adamson immerses readers in life as it was a century ago with attention to details about horses, wolves, bears, the weather, and all of nature, including the light and dark of human nature. Her sly plotting never quits, luring the reader into shocking surprises.
      I have just finished reading Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson, a novel that left me deeply satisfied and savouring the experience of reading a really good book … A great story and a wonderfully written novel.
      Adamson writes with a sly wit and a deep insight into her characters and the natural world but, more significantly, into how the characters and the natural world interact, shaping and being shaped by one another . . . Everything packs a significant punch and draws the reader into the novel’s world with a startling immediacy.
      Striking … Once again, Adamson’s powers as a poet weave her characters deeply into the natural world.
      Rich and exciting … delightful, sinewy language that takes time with the details of the moment, of humour and whimsy … Adamson’s writing soars.
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    9780735235823 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:March 03, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 6.25 x 8.94 x 0.7 in | 0.74 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:24 Hamish Hamilton
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      Shortlisted for the 2021 Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Crime Novel
      From the Giller-nominated author of Y comes How a Woman Becomes a Lake, a taut, suspenseful novel about the dark corners of a small town, and the secrets that lurk within...

      It's New Year's Day and the residents of a small fishing town are ready to start their lives anew. Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk with her dog along the lake, leaving her husband in bed with a hangover.

      But she never returns. She places a call to the police saying she's found a boy in the woods, but the call is cut short by a muffled cry. Did one of Leo's sons see Vera? What are they hiding about that day? And why are they so scared of their own father?

      Told from shifting perspectives, How a Woman Becomes a Lake is a compelling, lyrical novel about family, new beginnings, and costly mistakes, and asks, what do you do when the people who are meant to love you the most, fail?
      MARJORIE CELONA's debut novel, Y, won France's Grand Prix Littéraire de l'Héroïne and was nominated for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Marjorie's work has appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, The Sunday Times, and elsewhere. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Marjorie teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Oregon.
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      A Globe and Mail book to get you through till spring
      A Chatelaine Thriller to read this winter
      One of CBC's “40 great books to read this season”

      Shortlisted for the 2021 Crime Writers of Canada Award for Best Crime Novel

      Praise for How a Woman Becomes a Lake:

      “Celona’s icily unsentimental novel offers less predictable riches, unspooling instead into the complicated lives of her protagonist . . . The fate of [Vera] is gradually made known through a drip-feed of unconventional reveals, but for the reader its ramifications have the shock value of cracking ice. An excellent novel about the indelible damage dysfunctional parenting can inflict on a vulnerable child.”
      The Daily Mail

      “[H]aunting . . . How a Woman Becomes a Lake [has] both the artful structure and the tension of a crime novel.”
      Quill and Quire

      “[How a Woman Becomes a Lake is a] novel to feed your heart and mind. . . . This crisply constructed novel . . . is a meditation on family, loyalty and memory, [and] a thoughtful examination of how lives collide.”
      Toronto Star

      “To the reader picking up this book for the first time: I envy you, such is the pleasure, depth, and beauty of the journey you’re about to take. Haunting, deeply felt, ingeniously constructed, How A Woman Becomes a Lake is a supremely satisfying novel, masterful on every level. I could not put it down.”
      —Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

      “This is a rare book that is satisfying in every possible way. Beautifully written, clear-eyed and compassionate in its examination of character, it's also a gripping mystery that kept me reading late into the night. The story, and the questions it raises about love, loss, and family, will stay with me for a long time.”
      —Leah Stewart, author of What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw

      “This book has moved into me; it occupies and haunts me. Marjorie Celona writes with an empathy that manages to be both enveloping and exact. How a Woman Becomes a Lake is about what it’s like to long for your most secret self to be understood, while fearing that such understanding might kill you. It is a feral, echoing, complicatedly vulnerable work of art.”
      —Sara Peters, author of I Become a Delight to My Enemies

      “A woman’s disappearance sends out ripples of enduring questions. What happens when darkness is handed down from one generation to the next? How do secrets kept out of love warp the people who keep them?  Marjorie Celona wraps powerful ideas about care-taking and morality around a tight, elegantly suspenseful story. This is a beautifully written book that I read compulsively, in a single sitting, all the way through to its haunting end.”
      —Alix Ohlin, author of Dual Citizens

      "How a Woman Becomes a Lake 
      is a deeply empathetic and emotionally astute novel that reads like a thriller. Everyone in this troubling story is doing their best. And every one of Marjorie Celona's sentences glints with an ice crystal's understated beauty. This is a profound and generous-hearted page-turner.” 
      —Deborah Willis, author of The Dark and Other Love Stories

      “It is not lightly that I say: I could not put this book down. Celona’s writing possesses the clearness and poetry of a compassionate, all-seeing ghost. Each time a character crossed the page, I felt absorbed by their consciousness, invited to see the story from a fresh, insistent perspective. On the one hand, How a Woman Becomes a Lake offers a felt study of guilt, grief and blame. On the other, the story will challenge your conceptions of love, which can be greedy, as well as sacrificial and absolving.”
      —Eliza Robertson, author of Demi-Gods

      “A thriller with stunning writing and real honesty about grief.”
      —Stella Duffy, author of Theodora

      “Poignant and lyrical, Celona makes finding out what happened to Vera a burning curiosity for the reader. More importantly, she makes what happens to all the characters feel meaningful.” 

      “[While How a Woman Becomes a Lake] does come under the heading of ‘crime’, it is also a beautifully written exploration of grief, vulnerability, guilt and violence. Becoming a lake (just in case you were wondering) means to rest, to be still, to be separate, not just from others but from yourself. What it means in the context of this deeply satisfying book . . . well you’ll just have to read it to find out!”
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      “A highly original, beautifully crafted literary thriller packed with characters that linger long in the mind.”
      The Irish Independent

      “Celona has the courage to take her time, letting us have a leisurely rummage inside her characters’ heads, refusing to be trammelled by the usual rhythms of the whodunnit; and yet she manages to pull off twists worthy of Harlan Coben . . . It’s a rarity: a book confected with satisfying artfulness that feels like a slice of real life.” ­
      The Daily Telegraph, five starred review
      “Cool, clear, melancholy . . . the mystery at the heart of the story is how lives can so easily fall into loneliness and disconnection. A beautifully sad read.”
      The Sunday Express, five starred review

      “. . . an unconventional and lyrical crime novel. . . . [How a Woman Becomes a Lake]’s extraordinary sympathy and empathy is not at odds with its moral clarity and, for all it deals with tragedy, it is an uplifting read.”
      Morning Star (UK)

      “An absorbing read from the get-go, Marjorie Celona’s [How a Woman Becomes a Lake] succeeds on multiple levels—as character-driven explorations of fear and love and loss, as domestic thriller, and as page-turner mystery.”
      Vancouver Sun

      “Celona’s simple but fluid prose weaves a kind of spell as it flows across the page, leading the reader through a complicated web of secrets and subplots.”
      The Winnipeg Free Press

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    A Long Petal of the Sea A Novel Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor, Amanda Hopkinson
    9781984820150 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:January 21, 2020
    $37.00 CAD 6.44 x 9.45 x 1.04 in | 1.24 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Ballantine Books
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      From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits comes an epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents, following two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a new place to call home.

      In the late 1930s, civil war gripped Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life irreversibly intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them wants, and together are sponsored by poet Pablo Neruda to embark on the SS Winnipeg along with 2,200 other refugees in search of a new life. As unlikely partners, they embrace exile and emigrate to Chile as the rest of Europe erupts in World War.

      Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning. Over the course of their lives, they will face test after test. But they will also find joy as they wait patiently for a day when they are exiles no more, and will find friends in the most unlikely of places. Through it all, it is that hope of being reunited with their home that keeps them going. And in the end, they will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

      Story Locale: 1930s-1990s Spain and Chile
      Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Paula, and In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

      Author Residence: California

      Author Hometown: Born in Peru and raised in Chile
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        Marketing: Advance reader’s edition

        Major pre-pub buzz campaig, including advertising and promotion through Goodreads, Shelf Awareness, Publishers Weekly, and NetGalley

        Extensive national advertising campaign via New Yorker, GoodReads, LiveIntent, Facebook, and more

        Influencer campaign activating Isabel Allende’s large fan base

        Targeted email marketing

        Major book club outreach through Random House Reader’s Circle and Bookreporter

        Library and Academic outreach

        Digital assets: book club kit, book trailer, ecards

        Publicity: National media attention

        National/local review and feature print attention

        National/local radio attention

        Online review and feature attention

        NPR campaign

        4-6 city author tour

        Local author promotion: San Francisco

        Social media campaign

        Author Website: IsabelAllende.com
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      “Majestic . . . both timeless and perfectly timed for today . . . Allende’s assured prose vividly evokes her fictional characters [and] historical figures . . . seamlessly juxtaposing exile with homecoming, otherness with belonging, and tyranny with freedom.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “A tale that is seductively intimate and strategically charming . . . a virtuoso of lucidly well-told, utterly enrapturing fiction . . . Allende deftly addresses war, displacement, violence, and loss in a novel of survival and love under siege.”Booklist (starred review)

      A Long Petal of the Sea is a rich and transportive novel, epic in scope, about finding love and finding home.”PopSugar

      “An absorbing story.”—AARP

      “An immersive read about love and survival.”Real Simple

      “Isabel Allende has time and again proven herself a master of magical realism. Her latest novel . . . serves as a paean to human love and endurance.”Elle

      “Allende fans have been waiting with bated breath for her latest novel, and A Long Petal of the Sea doesn’t disappoint.”Marie Claire

      “The wondrous Isabel Allende is back, doing what she does best.”Read It Forward

      “In addition to being well-researched historical fiction, it also parallels current issues.”Book Riot

      “Powerfully told, this is a soaring, inspirational tale.”The Orange County Register

      “Allende . . . has deftly woven fact and fiction, history and memory, to create one of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and most affecting works in her long career.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “Allende’s latest . . . marks a return to the time and setting of the book that jump-started her literary career, The House of the Spirits, but with far less supernatural elements and a more expansive engagement of revolution, exile and the determination of the human spirit. . . . A page-turning story rich with history and surprising subplots that keep the novel unpredictable to the end.” —Los Angeles Times

      “Isabel Allende’s A Long Petal of the Sea gets to the heart of immigrant struggle. . . . [It] begins, as it ends, with the heart. . . . Victor and Roser’s story is compelling. . . . Allende’s prose is both commanding and comforting. The author writes eloquently on the struggle of letting go of one culture to embrace a new one and shows that one’s origin story is not the whole story. . . . While debate and policy surround the issues of refugees and immigration, Allende reminds us that these issues, at their core, are made up of individuals and their love stories.” —USA Today
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    The Searcher A Novel Tana French
    9780735224650 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:October 06, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.3 x 1.5 in | 1.48 lb | 464 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      Best Book of 2020

      New York Times |NPR | New York Post

      “This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet…Its own kind of masterpiece.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

      “A new Tana French is always cause for celebration…Read it once for the plot; read it again for the beauty and subtlety of French’s writing.”—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

      Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.

      “One of the greatest crime novelists writing today” (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking how to tell right from wrong in a world where neither is simple, and what we stake on that decision.

      Story Locale: rural Ireland
      Tana French is the author of seven previous books, including In the Woods, The Likeness, and The Witch Elm. Her novels have sold over three million copies and won numerous awards, including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.

      Author Residence: Dublin, Ireland
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        Marketing: Online advertising

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        Library marketing and promotions

        Academic marketing and library promotions

        tanafrench.com / Facebook

        Publicity: Print and Online Reviews and Features

        Fiction and Mystery Media Attention

        NPR Interviews

        Radio Satellite Campaign

        Author Website: tanafrench.com

        Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/TanaFrench/
    • Awards & Reviews

      A Most Anticipated Book in
      The New York Times | Cosmopolitan | Buzzfeed | Bustle | E! News | Parade | The Washington Post | Vox | Entertainment Weekly | TIME | Vogue | Parade | CrimeReads | The Week | New York Post | The Millions | PopSugar | Kirkus | Publishers Weekly Top 10

      "The west of Ireland looked good to Cal Hooper on the internet. But now that he’s living there, the rugged beauty of the region overwhelms him, as it will anyone reading Tana French’s The Searcher, an audacious departure for this immensely talented author… Not to be missed." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

      “Tana French is… like a poet. She writes beautifully…If you haven’t read her yet, I really highly recommend that you do.” —Harlan Coben

      “Taut, chiseled and propulsive." —Vogue

      "French's writing here is on fire. Eerie and nuanced and spellbinding." —Fresh Air

      “French avoids the fireworks of conventional crime fiction, instead taking a classic setup—the lone outsider revealing the dark side of a small town—and imbuing it with simmering menace. There’s also an unexpectedly moving friendship and storytelling so atmospheric you can practically smell the peat bogs.” People

      “The perfect cold-weather escape…French’s writing style is so unhurried and pleasurable…and every page smells and sounds like Ireland. At a time when travel is impossible and we’re spending more time at home, staying safe, it’s thrilling to be transported to another place entirely, gripped by suspense and a sense of danger as I turn the pages in my cozy lair.”Glamour

      “Nuanced and compelling.” —The New Yorker

      “Thriller mastermind Tana French's . . . work is as consistently thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is entertaining...[In The Searcher] French finds interesting angles and dynamics, and her cast is, as always, wonderfully drawn." —The Los Angeles Times

      "Vivid and poetic." Associated Press

      "French takes this standalone novel at a measured pace, easing readers into Cal's quiet life before the thrills unravel."—TIME


      The Searcher feels different from French’s previous books—there’s a sparseness to the setting that contrasts with the bustle of the Dublin Murder Squad, or even the gathered family in The Witch Elm—but is no less addictive; the pages practically turn themselves.” The Seattle Times

      "A creepy slow burn that focuses just as much on the central characters’ inner lives as on the mystery at the heart of the story . . .packed full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals.” —BuzzFeed

      "All things atmospheric and mysterious, this one may keep you up past your bedtime.” Cosmopolitan

      "A moving new tale of friendship and healing, set in an Irish countryside populated with eccentrics, curmudgeons, and a hilariously weird British woman obsessed with fairies." CrimeReads

      "Evocative and lyrical, The Searcher is a mystery worth reading slowly to savor every perfectly rendered detail." Bookpage

      “It has everything you love–the suspense, the questions, the unraveling of lies…. obsessively fascinating.”—Marie Claire

      “The queen of crime returns with a thriller about a retired Chicago police officer who discovers the sinister underbelly of a seemingly quaint Irish town.” Entertainment Weekly

      “In The Searcher, Tana French stakes out new territory: a rural Irish setting quite different from the urban and suburban Ireland of her previous works, and a central character who is an American . . . The Searcher blends qualities of French’s best novels, the first and third of her “Dublin Murder Squad” police procedurals . . .”—Los Angeles Review of Books

      “Readers who share her interest in exploring the lives of flawed and compelling characters will find much to love in the atmospheric story of a retired cop who moves to Ireland for relaxation, only to be asked to find a missing teen.” – St Louis Post-Dispatch.

      “As always, French’s prose is spellbinding and lyrical . . . The beautiful imagery combined with the dialect of the earthly, witty characters creates an appealing atmosphere that engages the reader . . ." – The Austin American-Statesman

      “Insightful characterizations, even of minor figures, and a devastating reveal help make this a standout. Crime fiction fans won’t want to miss this one.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “A slow-burn stunner that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. Recommend to the author’s legions of fans, as well as those who enjoy crime fiction set in small towns like Julia Keller’s or Jane Harper’s novels.”Library Journal, starred review

      “In another stand-alone, French again displays impressive versatility…French skillfully builds suspense…a fine thriller, but also a moving story of an unlikely friendship that grows from refinishing a ramshackle desk to rebuilding two nearly broken lives.”—Booklist

      “Just pre-order and call in sick for a couple days after October 6 when the book comes out.”The Millions

      “Deliver[s] plenty of twists, shocking revelations, and truly chilling moments.”—Kirkus
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    9780765387561 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:October 06, 2020 Print Run:350000
    $34.99 CAD 6.37 x 9.59 x 1.54 in | 630 gr | 448 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Tor Books
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      A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

      France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

      Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

      But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

      In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After LifeThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force. 

      VICTORIA “V. E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, the Villains series, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

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        - starred Publishers Weekly review
        - starred Kirkus review
        - starred Booklist review
        - starred Library Journal review
        - #1 October Indie Next Pick
        - #1 October Loan Stars Pick
        - Publishers Weekly profile
        - EW.com cover reveal
        - Raincoast Superlead

        "There is no review in the world that I could write that could do justice to the perfection of this book, and yes, when I say perfection, I mean P E R F E C T I O N. This is the book I have always DREAMED of finding, and bar that, the book I’d always dreamed of writing, but now I don’t have to, because I HAVE FOUND IT AND MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.

        I don’t even know how to explain the experience of reading it, of relating to and understanding both Addie and Henry in what felt like impossible, despairing ways, and of wanting to get so lost in their story that just getting lost wasn’t enough; I wanted to dive in and drown in it. AHHHHH V.E. Schwab has discovered magic and HOW BLESSED ARE WE that she has put it into a book. For all of those who have ever longed for that something more, that something ELSE, for adventure and freedom, for faraway cities and hidden-gem bookshops, and a life anything but ordinary - and for those who just want to matter, and be loved, and be remembered - HERE IS A BOOK AFTER YOUR OWN HEART. What a celebration of art in every shape and form. The writing is beautiful, and the story haunting and devastating, but also just so fiercely glorious and hopeful all at once. A dark, devilishly-clever fairytale that I want another 300 years of. Last year we got Alix E. Harrow’s Ten Thousand Doors of January, and now in 2020, we get this brilliant work of art, and I don’t know about you, but I feel SPOILED.

        In short: this was extraordinary, utterly spellbinding, best book of the year, and I LOVED IT SO MUCH."
        - Caitlin Krahn, Bookseller at Mosaic Books, Kelowna

        Raincoast Superlead:
        NYT bestselling author of A Darker Shade of Magic series, which has sold over 50k copies in Canada; 350k print run

    • Awards & Reviews

      Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed
      Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed
      NPR Best Book of the Year 2020, Long-listed
      Oprah.com Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed
      Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed
      Locus Awards - Nominee 2021, Short-listed
      NYPL Best Books of the Year 2020, Long-listed

      Praise for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue:
      “For someone damned to be forgettable, Addie LaRue is a most delightfully unforgettable character, and her story is the most joyous evocation of unlikely immortality.”
      Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and winner of multiple Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards

      "Completely absorbed me enough to make me forget the real world." — Jodi Picoult, Washington Post

      “Victoria Schwab sends you whirling through a dizzying kaleidoscopic adventure through centuries filled with love, loss, art and war — all the while dazzling your senses with hundreds of tiny magical moments along the way. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue will enchant readers as deeply as its heroine’s Faustian bargain; you will find yourself in quick turns both aching with heartbreak, and gleefully crowing at the truly delicious, wicked cleverness in store.”
      Naomi Novik, Nebula and Locus Award-winning author of Spinning Silver

      Addie Larue is a book perfectly suspended between darkness and light, myth and reality. [This novel] is—ironically—unforgettable.” — Hugo Award winner Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

      “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is the kind of book you encounter only once in a lifetime. . . . A defiant, joyous rebellion against time, fate, and even death itself—and a powerful reminder that the only magic great enough to conquer all of it is love.”— Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

      “Sweeping in its scope yet wonderfully intimate, it's dark and sexy yet romantic and heartbreaking.”Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Black Sun

      “Rich and satisfying.” –Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

      “A knockout.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “Epic.” –Library Journal, Starred Review

      “Deeply romantic, impossibly detailed.” –Booklist, Starred Review

      “A delightful surprise and a balm in difficult times..” –BookPage, Starred Review

      “Schwab’s page-turner is an achingly poignant romantic fantasy about the desperate desire to make one’s mark on the world.” Oprah.com, Best LGBTQ Books of 2020

      “A beautiful, meditative novel with an ending that hit me right in the heart.” Buzzfeed, Best Fall Fantasy 2020

      "It's a bit cheeky to call The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Faust for romantic bisexual goths, but it's not wrong... I for one will most certainly remember her."NPR

      “Addie is unlike anything Schwab has written before—epic yet intimate, sweeping but not sprawling... If Addie shows anything, it’s that the impact of our actions and interactions can be vaster and longer-lasting than we can predict. Much like the seven freckles that sprinkle Addie’s face, we create our own constellations, and as we live through these darkened days, I feel brighter for having added Addie to mine.”—Slate

      “Schwab beautifully explores what it means to be alone for so long that it's jarring and terrifying once you are finally seen...Addie is an independent and fascinating character who manages to make her mark in spite of the odds.”—USA Today

      “Schwab’s writing is warm and intense, and the passages set in the past often make you feel as if you’re reading by candlelight...The book is an elegant comment on the erasure of women from recorded history, but not a pointed one; you never feel that Addie LaRue is a metaphor. She is a woman fighting literally to be seen while bearing witness to her own life, and I rooted for her throughout.”—New York Times Book Review

      “One of the most propulsive, compulsive and captivating novels in recent memory.”—Washington Post

      “There is no particular art to literary fiction that doesn’t exist in fiction of other genres, and V. E. Schwab’s new book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue isn’t just an amazing book for its genre; it’s an amazing book, full stop...a gorgeous, immersive story...Schwab is an inclusive, ambitious, and exacting writer, and she doesn’t let either her characters or her readers off the hook...This book doesn’t blend genres, or even transcend genre.”—Chicago Review of Books

      "This evocative and clever tale will leave you smiling, filled with love and longing for more magical moments in everyday life."—CNN, Best Books of October

      "Expansive and utterly heart-wrenching...both heartbreaking and hopeful. I read the last hundred pages well into the night, gasping and sobbing. It’s a beautiful read."Book Riot, 25 Must Read New Fantasy Books

      “A remarkable, genre-defying epic of a woman fighting to thrive in a world that denies her existence....stunning.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers

      "When I first finished Addie LaRue, I sat back with a deep sense of wonder. Schwab’s words had weaved their spell and left me starstruck... eloquent and beautiful...Addie LaRue sparks something internally as you read and what is the point of reading, if not to feel?"—The Nerd Daily

      “[An] enthralling romantic adventure.”—Business Insider

      "A career triumph...Her propulsive, lyric prose is here, her morally complex, entrancing characters, her unique shape of magic, all wrought within this entirely fresh premise that will no doubt become a long-lasting favorite...Addie defies genre, blending romance and history, fantasy and monstrosity, cresting through peaks of time, centered on a young (and also, technically very old) woman with both less and more agency than anyone alive...romantic, ambitious, and defiantly, deliberately hopeful. Epic and intimate at once, it asks what art is...Schwab is simply one of the most skilled writers working in her genre...The feat of this book is frankly awe-inspiring.”—Tor.com

      “[Schwab] flexes her beautiful prose and sets the stage for an unforgettable tale.”—SyFy Wire

      "Poetic and heartrending, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue is perfect for fans of time travel stories, historical fiction, and fantasy alike." The Register-Herald

      "This spellbinding story is destined to be a classic." Greatist

      "A beautiful tale of star-crossed love, magic, and a dark Faustian Bargain makes The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue the perfect book for the fantasy lover in your life!" The Mary Sue

      "A gender flip version of Faust, and also a haunting love story that will linger." New York Journal of Books

      "A masterpiece that has been so many years in the making, but the wait was truly worth every page...a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading the last word." —Seventeen Magazine

      "Irresistibly contagious." — Locus Magazine

      “One of the most haunting and bittersweetly beautiful novels I have ever read...a mature, introspective love story, and a thoughtful examination of what it means to have a life well lived.” —Manhattan Mercury News (Kansas)

      "Schwab's brilliant epic novel blends fantasy and history, romance and art, as it moves back and forth through time. Addie, one of the author's most morally complex and riveting creations, embarks on adventures both grand and lowly, as she travels, ghostlike, through the centuries." —Bookmarks Magazine

      “I was caught in the emotion, the demanded pound of flesh as I considered my own attachments and inherent sense of self, my notions of love and ache and need.” —Historical Novel Society

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    Dearly Poems Margaret Atwood Canada
    9780771000775 Hardcover POETRY / Women Authors On Sale Date:November 10, 2020
    $32.95 CAD 5.79 x 9.01 x 0.56 in | 0.69 lb | 136 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y McClelland & Stewart
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      The collection of a lifetime from the bestselling novelist and poet.

      By turns moving, playful and wise, the poems gathered in Dearly are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment.

      Before she became one of the world’s most important and loved novelists, Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. It brings together many of her most recognizable and celebrated themes, but distilled - from minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend. It is a pure Atwood delight, and long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.
      MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include The Testaments, winner of the 2019 Booker Prize; Cat’s Eye, short-listed 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; The MaddAddam Trilogy; The Heart Goes Last; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019, she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario
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      Praise for Margaret Atwood’s poetry:

      “Atwood’s poems are short, glistening with terse, bright images, untentative, closing like a vise…A plain, explicit poetry, perfectly sure of itself.”—New York Times

      The Door is one of the best books by one of the best poets writing in English.”—Times Literary Supplement

      “Margaret Atwood is best known, of course, as a novelist. But she brings to her poetry the same sharp eye and stinging wit.”—Washington Post

      “Atwood is always vital, powerful, magnetically readable…Readers who know only her novels really owe it to themselves to read her poems.”—Booklist

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    The Book of Longings A Novel Sue Monk Kidd
    9780525429760 Hardcover FICTION / Women On Sale Date:April 21, 2020
    $37.00 CAD 6.37 x 9.59 x 1.35 in | 1.5 lb | 432 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      “An epic masterpiece that is a triumph of insight and storytelling.”—Associated Press

      Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by O, the Oprah Magazine, Good Morning America/ABC-TV, Good Housekeeping, Bustle, TIME, Marie Claireand The Millions

      An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings

      In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.

      Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome’s occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings. Ana determines her fate during a stunning convergence of events considered among the most impactful in human history.

      Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.

      Story Locale: Galilee, Nazareth, Alexandria, Jerusalem
      Sue Monk Kidd’s debut, The Secret Life of Bees, spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 6 million copies in the United States, was turned into an award-winning major motion picture and a musical, and has been translated into thirty-six languages. Her second novel, The Mermaid Chair, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television movie. Her third novel, The Invention of Wings, an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 pick, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She is the author of the acclaimed memoirs The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, a groundbreaking work on religion and feminism, and the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor.

      Author Residence: Chapel Hill, NC
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      Praise for The Book of Longings:

      “I kept having to close this novel and breathe deeply, again and again. A radical re­imagining of the New Testament that reflects on women's longing and silencing and awakening, it is a true masterpiece.” —Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed

      “[Kidd’s] painstaking research and artful crafting of setting and character ensures that The Book of Longings is not just an extraordinary novel, but one with lasting power . . . [her] brilliance shines through on so many levels, but not the least in her masterful, reverential approach to capturing Jesus of Nazareth as a fully human young man . . . [The Book of Longings] is an epic masterpiece that is a triumph of insight and storytelling.” —Associated Press

      “Well-researched and boldly plotted, this masterful novel brings a lovely character to life.” People

      “Kidd’s bold narrative revisionism allows her protagonist to be in every respect the equal of her husband while posing this question: How would Western culture be different if men and women had grown in appreciation of each other’s spirit? It’s not such a leap—the gospels portray Jesus gently championing women.” O, The Oprah Magazine

      “We promise you’ve never read anything like this . . . This work of historical fiction gives a feminist retelling to the stories at the heart of Catholicism, yet stays grounded in research and respect. Even after you finish, you’ll be thinking about it for days.” —KatieCouric.com

      “[A] book-club-friendly novel . . . Ana’s gentle husband is Jesus of Nazareth. Her cherished big brother is Judas, Jesus’s firebrand friend. These guys, so familiar, so human, are the hook that draws us in. What keeps us there, though, is the vividness of the world that Kidd conjures, peopling it with boldface names from the New Testament and freshly invented characters she imagines just as fully — Ana, our fictional narrator, principal among them.” The Boston Globe

      “Sue Monk Kidd brings to life a spirited, and spiritually aware, young woman who must come to terms with her own heartfelt desires and ambitions . . . Other novelists have imagined the human side of Jesus, and some have envisioned him as married. But no other writer has fleshed out a partner who can stand on her own, who is intellectually and spiritually well matched with Jesus . . . Kidd’s research into first-century Jewish life, along with her vivid descriptions of the villages and terrain, make Ana’s story come alive.” The Christian Science Monitor

      “For fans of historical novels, particularly [...] The Red Tent, or, more recently, Naamah . . . Kidd uses her unexpected narrator to reveal new perspectives on an endlessly parsed era.” The Washington Post

      “Imaginative . . . charts a young woman’s struggle to confront the ways in which society dictates what she can and cannot do.” Time

      “A master of literary women’s fiction, Kidd always strikes a chord with her strong, feisty female protagonists . . . [The Book of Longings] is written with reverence and strives for historical accuracy . . . it's an engaging story about a young woman defying the odds to make her voice heard, a story that remains relevant today . . . [and] underscore[s] what’s lost when one group—be it one gender, race or religion—gets to write the history for all.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

      “Ana is the vehicle through which we experience the ancient caste system of class, male supremacy and the eternal power of seeking revenge . . . We know where this story is heading all along, but never suspect the unexpected routes . . . The Book of Longings makes you think, and isn’t that often a leap of faith?” Star-Tribune

      “A well-researched novel about a young Jewish woman, who fights against cultural norms to realize the passion and potential inside her.” Good Morning America

      “Sue Monk Kidd skips historians’ 2,000-year-old ‘Did Jesus marry?’ debate, imagines he did, and asks, ‘So what would his wife have been like?’ Inserting Ana into biblical stories, Kidd crafts a surprising, absorbing narrative.” Real Simple

      “The latest from Sue Monk Kidd introduces us to Ana, a courageous, intelligent woman who marries Jesus long before his public ministry begins. Based on meticulous historical research, this is a humanizing look at Jesus the man, as well as an inspiring story of a strong woman living in a society bent on her silence.” Good Housekeeping

      “Despite its setting in ancient Judea, this imaginative novel feels downright contemporary, characterized as it is by one strong-willed woman’s awakening to the indomitable power of her own spirit.” Esquire

      The Book of Longings demonstrates a welcomed maturity and mastery of historical fiction, even as [Kidd] takes on a retelling of the greatest story ever told . . . she gives nuance and depth to the political realities that made Jesus’ teachings so provocative, and to the patriarchal systems that make characters like Ana’s fabulously fearless aunt Yaltha, her guiding star, so heroic . . . Let it be said that Kidd, like her main character, is indeed ‘a voice.’” —The Post and Courier (Charleston)

      “Brilliant . . . It’s the story we all know, but from a new angle, with all the familiar characters brought to vivid life . . . Brava!” The Daily Mail (London)

      “The novel’s evocation of life in Galilee is fascinating, and clever, rebellious Ana is a memorable character.” The Times (London)

      “A testament to the author’s talent for creating both compelling characters and intriguing story lines . . . Historical details of daily life in the Roman Empire, strong female characters, and richly imagined glimpses into the philosophical communities and libraries in Egypt . . . make this an excellent book club choice . . . Don’t shy away from this historical fiction page-turner thinking that it falls into the inspirational genre. The intensity, bravery, and strength of character of Ana . . . will inspire readers but in a different way: to live authentically and remain true to oneself.” Library Journal

      “The beloved The Secret Life of Bees author spins new gold from one of the greatest stories ever told . . . this is a deeply tender story of two outliers who find each other: a very human Jesus full of fire, yearnings and doubts about being the Messiah, and an even more fiery Ana (Jesus calls her “Little Thunder"), who refuses the traditional role of women to find her own voice, and promote the voices of all women. Provocative, passionate and extremely moving, this is both a love story for the ages and a portrait of a woman way ahead of her biblical times.” AARP The Magazine

      “Richly imagined . . . Ana’s ambition and strong sense of justice make her a sympathetic character for modern readers . . . In addition to providing a woman-centered version of New Testament events, Kidd’s novel is also a vibrant portrait of a woman striving to preserve and celebrate women’s stories—her own and countless others.” Publishers Weekly (starred)

      “Kidd’s narrative, etched into the emotionally precise and tactile prose of Ana’s first-person voice . . . is not an attempt to rewrite history. Instead it’s an exploration of a triumphant, fierce spirit and the stories she aches to tell. There’s an exuberance to Ana that vibrates off every page, and that is a testament to Kidd’s gifts.” BookPage

      “If you have been waiting for a book like The Red Tent for the past twenty years, this is it. Give to fans of Anita Diamant and Marilynne Robinson.” Shelf Awareness

      “An engrossing, briskly paced story in an appealing voice . . . the message about the importance of kindness and the power of women’s voices should resonate strongly with today’s readers.” Booklist

      “[A] novel that imagines the life of an unforgettable woman, written with reverence to the topic it covers. This intricate story is an epic journey, which fans of The Red Tent will devour.”PopSugar
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    Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-Garcia Canada
    9780525620785 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date:June 30, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.35 x 9.41 x 1.12 in | 1.14 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Del Rey
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      From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel, a story about an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico—and the brave socialite drawn to its treacherous secrets.

      He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.

      After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

      Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

      Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

      And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

      Story Locale: Mexico
      Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow, named one of the best books of summer 2019 by Publishers Weekly; Signal to Noise, named one of the best books of the year by Book Riot, Tordotcom, BuzzFeed, io9, and other publications; Certain Dark Things, one of NPR’s best books of the year, a Publishers Weekly top ten, and a VOYA “Perfect Ten”; the fantasy of manners The Beautiful Ones; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu’s Daughters). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

      Author Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

      Author Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
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        Author Website: silviamoreno-garcia.com

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    • Awards & Reviews

      “An inspired mash-up of Jane Eyre, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Dracula, Rebecca and that 1958 classic sci-fi movie, The Blob …Inventive and smart, [Mexican Gothic is] injecting the Gothic formula with some fresh blood.”—NPR’s Fresh Air

      “Stylish and edgy…While the book draws inspiration from Gothic classics like Rebecca and Jane Eyre—there is a spunky female protagonist and an ancient house filled with disturbing secrets—its archly intelligent tone and insightful writing make Mexican Gothic an original escape to an eerie world.”New York Times

      “[An] irresistibly dark feminist reimagining of the Gothic fantasy novel…It’s all wonderfully creepy, blending chilling scenes of horror with classic Gothic tropes for a seductive and subversive tale. A book to devour in a few—very thrilling—sittings.”Vanity Fair

      “The author’s postcolonial spin on the gothic tradition evokes the usual suspects: Daphne du Maurier, Emily Brontë, Mary Shelley, even Anne Radcliffe. Like those authors, Moreno-Garcia works in a tradition in which chills and thrills tap into elemental cultural fears—runaway science, carnal passion. But to these she adds a more politically inflected horror, both ancient and timely.”Los Angeles Times

      “A new classic of the genre…alluring and foreboding, ambiguous and beautiful. And like its heroine Noemí, its ambitious, determined, and well worth getting to know.”Chicago Review of Books

      “This twisty horror fantasy is engrossing and wonderfully repulsive…. This is a must-read for fans of gothic writers like the Brontës, Daphne du Maurier, and Shirley Jackson, and also for those who enjoy the feminist, surreal fiction of Carmen Maria Machado.”Buzzfeed

      “Deliciously creepy…Read it with your lights on—and know that strange dreams might begin to haunt you, as they haunted Noemí.”Vox

      “Masterful…a gloriously moody adventure, spooky, smart, and wry. Chic, no-nonsense Noemí Taboada is one hell of a tour guide through this world of mystery, scandal and spirits.”—Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

      Mexican Gothic terrified and fascinated me. Silvia Moreno-Garcia proves once again that she’s a genre-jumping wizard, one of the most exciting and necessary authors writing today.”—Charlie Jane Anders, nationally bestselling author of The City in the Middle of the Night

      “Darkly brilliant and captivating…Readers who love old houses and family secrets will devour this book (as I did!). The setting itself—High Place, with its reputation for swallowing the dreams of young women—is a character in this marvelously fantastical novel, stretching from glamorous 1950s Mexican high society to the crumbling pride of an abandoned silver mine. Silvia Moreno-Garcia enthralls with this twisty tale of love and betrayal.”—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger and The Ghost Bride
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    Hamnet and Judith A novel Maggie O'Farrell
    9780735280175 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:July 21, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 5.67 x 8.24 x 1.02 in | 0.9 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Canada
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      “[An] exceptional winner…. It expresses something profound about the human experience that seems both extraordinarily current and at the same time, enduring.”

      —Martha Lane Fox, Chair of The Women’s Prize for Fiction judges


      England, 1580. A young Latin tutor—penniless, bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an eccentric young woman: a wild creature who walks her family’s estate with a falcon on her shoulder and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer. Agnes understands plants and potions better than she does people, but once she settles on the Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband. His gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when their beloved twins, Hamnet and Judith, are afflicted with the bubonic plague, and, devastatingly, one of them succumbs to the illness.

      A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, Hamnet & Judith is mesmerizing and seductive, an impossible-to-put-down novel from one of our most gifted writers.

      Published as Hamnet in the US and the UK.

      Story Locale: Stratford-upon-Avon
      Born in Northern Ireland in 1972, MAGGIE O’FARRELL grew up in Wales and Scotland and now lives in Edinburgh. Her debut novel, After You’d Gone (2000), won a Betty Trask Award and was followed by My Lover’s Lover (2002); The Distance Between Us (2004), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox (2006); Costa Book Award winner The Hand That First Held Mine (2010); Instructions for a Heatwave (2013); This Must Be the Place (2016); and most recently, the memoir I Am, I Am, I Am (2018).

      Author Residence: Edinburgh

      Author Hometown: Ireland
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    • Awards & Reviews

      British Book Award - Fiction Book of the Year 2021, Winner
      Dalkey Literary Awards - Novel of the Year 2021, Winner
      Irish Novel of the Year 2020, Short-listed
      National Book Critics Circle Awards 2020, Winner
      Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2021, Short-listed
      Women's Prize for Fiction 2020, Winner
      A New York Times Top Ten Book of 2020


      "[An] exceptional winner. . . . It expresses something profound about the human experience that seems both extraordinarily current and at the same time, enduring.” —Martha Lane Fox, Chair of The Women's Prize for Fiction judges

      "Hamnet & Judith is an exploration of marriage and grief written into the silent opacities of a life that is at once extremely famous and profoundly obscure . . . In Hamnet & Judith, Shakespeare's marriage is complicated and troubled, yet brimming with love and passion . . . This novel is at once about the transfiguration of life into art—it is O'Farrell's extended speculation on how Hamnet's death might have fueled the creation of one of his father's greatest plays—and at the same time, it is a master class in how she, herself does it . . . O'Farrell has a melodic relationship to language. There is a poetic cadence to her writing and a lushness in her descriptions of the natural world . . . We can smell the tang of the various new leathers in the glover's workshop, the fragrance of the apples racked a finger-width apart in the winter storage shed, and we can see how the pale London sun "reaches down, like ladders, through the narrow gaps in buildings to illuminate the rain glazed street.". . . As the book unfolds, it brings its story to a tender and ultimately hopeful conclusion: that even the greatest grief, the most damaged marriage, and most shattered heart might find some solace, some healing." —Geraldine Brooks, The New York Times Book Review

      "All too timely . . . inspired . . . [An] exceptional historical novel." —The New Yorker

      "Magnificent and searing . . . A family saga so bursting with life, touched by magic, and anchored in affection that I only wish it were true. Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life, about whether he even wrote his own plays, here is a novel that matches him with a woman overwhelmingly more than worthy . . . I nearly drowned at the end of this book, and at some other spots besides. It would be wise to keep some tissues handy. Hamnet & Judith is so gorgeously written that it transports you from our own plague time right into another and makes you glad to be there." —The Boston Globe

      "A thing of shimmering wonder." —David Mitchell

      "Hamnet & Judith is a beautiful read, a devastating one, intricate, and breathtakingly imaginative. It will stay with me a long time." —Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

      "What could be more common, over centuries and continents, than the death of a child—and yet Maggie O'Farrell, with her flawless sentences and furious heart, somehow makes it new. This story of remarkable people bereft of their boy will leave you shaking with loss but also the love from which family is spun." —Emma Donoghue, author of Room

      "Love, grief, hope, resilience—the world of this novel is so vivid I could nearly smell the grass in the fields, hear the rain in the gutters. In moments where the story shoots up to heaven I was there, too, grieving with these characters, feeling how lucky weall are to be alive, understanding how desperately we want the people we love to be remembered. It’s without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve ever read." —Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes

      "Stunning. The writing is exquisite, immersive and compelling . . . deserves to win prizes." —Marian Keyes

      "One of the most eagerly awaited books of the spring. . . . [Hamnet & Judith] takes an unconventional approach to literary history and has already been hailed as a critical hit." —The Guardian

      "Miraculous. . . . [A] beautiful imagination of the short life of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, and the untold story of his wife, 'Agnes' Hathaway, which builds into a profound exploration of the healing power of creativity." —The Observer

      "The story of Hamnet Shakespeare has been waiting in the shadows for over four hundred years. Maggie O’Farrell brings it dazzlingly, devastatingly, into the light." —Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

      "Blisteringly brilliant. . . . You’ll lap up this intricately told story of grief, love and the bond between twins." —Cosmopolitan UK

      "Heartstopping. Hamnet & Judith does for the Shakespeare story what Jean Rhys did for Jane Eyre, inhabiting, enlarging and enriching it in ways that will alter the reader’s view for ever." —Patrick Gale, author of Take Nothing With You

      "Grief and loss so finely written I could hardly bear to read it." —Sarah Moss, author of Ghost Wall

      "Hamnet & Judith knits the loose threads of Shakespeare's shadowy family life into a shimmering tapestry. Rooted in history but lightly drawn, this dreamlike novel builds to a haunting finish. Gorgeous, penetrating, and memorable." —Alix Hawley, author of My Name Is a Knife

      "Hamnet & Judith is breathtaking—as rich in historical detail as it is emotionally resonant. This is O'Farrell at her best." —Claire Cameron, author of The Last Neanderthal

      "Luminous and sensual, Hamnet & Judith draws open a curtain on a new vision of Shakespeare’s children and mysterious marriage. O’Farrell’s creation of Anne (Agnes) Hathaway as a strong, dark, visioning person carries such poignancy, beauty and surprise—yet seems the perfect answer to what Shakespeare’s wife might have been like. In fact, Maggie O’Farrell has imagined a Shakespearean heroine, unschooled yet intuitively gifted, flesh to his brilliant mind. A fascinating exploration into the domestic roots of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies." —Shaena Lambert, author of Petra and Oh, My Darling

      "A bold undertaking, beautifully imagined and written." —Claire Tomalin, author of Charles Dickens: A Life

      "I don’t know how anyone could fail to love this book. It is a marvel: a great work of imaginative recreation and a great story. It is also a moral achievement to have transformed that young child from being a literary footnote into someone so tenderly alive that part of you wishes he had survived and Hamlet never been written." —Dominic Dromgoole, author of Hamlet Globe to Globe
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    Piranesi Susanna Clarke
    9781635575637 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 15, 2020 Print Run:300000
    $36.50 CAD 5.75 x 8.54 x 0.99 in | 420 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Bloomsbury Publishing
    • Marketing Copy


      New York Times Bestseller
      Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction
      World Fantasy Awards Finalist

      From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

      Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

      There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

      For readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

      Susanna Clarke is the author of the The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories and the New York Times bestseller and Hugo Award–winning Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. She lives in England.
      Marketing & Promotion
        - five starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, and BookPage
        - Raincoast Superlead

        - US confirmed media includes a New Yorker profile and NPR All Things Considered

        Raincoast Superlead: over 20k copies of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell sold in two formats in Canada; 300k print run

    • Awards & Reviews


      "[Piranesi] flooded me, as the tides flood the halls, with a scouring grief, leaving gleaming gifts in its wake… rich, wondrous, full of aching joy and sweet sorrow. "- The New York Times Book Review

      “A novel that feels like a surreal meditation on life in quarantine.” —The New Yorker

      Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling, at once a gripping mystery, an adventure through a brilliant new fantasy world, and a deep meditation on the human condition: feeling lost, and being found. I already want to be back in its haunting and beautiful halls!” —Madeline Miller, New York Times Bestselling Author of CIRCE

      “Unforgettable - surely one of the most original works of fiction this season. It drops you into a mind-bending fantasy world, a vast labyrinth with infinite rooms and seas that sweep into halls and up staircases with the tides. … It's a hypnotic tale that you can devour in a day (and probably will; it's that hard to put down).” —AARP

      Piranesi is a high-quality page-turner-even the most leisurely reader will probably finish it off in a day-but its chief pleasure is immersion in its strange and uncannily attractive setting. . . Establishing that sense of totality-and the feeling of peacefulness that accompanies it-is Ms. Clarke's standout feat.” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

      “Could Piranesi match [the hype]? I'm delighted to say it has, with Clarke's singular wit and imagination still intact in a far more compressed yet still captivating tale you'll want to delve into again right after you read its sublime last sentence.” —The Boston Globe

      “Piranesi is a gorgeous, spellbinding mystery that gently unravels page by page. Precisely the sort of book that I love wordlessly handing to someone so they can have the pleasure of uncovering its secrets for themselves. This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered.” —Erin Morgenstern, NYT bestselling author of THE STARLESS SEA and THE NIGHT CIRCUS

      “A short and beautiful novel that reads like a poem, not in its use of language (which is very accessible) but rather in its cumulative effect of expressing an emotion and state of being that is inexpressible. It's a strange and lovely read.” —Buzzfeed

      “What a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being, what a tick-tock-tick-tock of reveals, what a pure protagonist, what a morally-squalid supporting cast, what beauty, tension and restraint, and what a pitch-perfect ending. Piranesi is an exquisite puzzle-box far, far bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.” —David Mitchell, New York Times bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS

      “Destined to become a work of classic fantasy.” —Ron Charles, CBS Sunday Morning Book Report

      Piranesi Will Wreck You: The novel establishes Susanna Clarke as one of our greatest living writers.” —New York Magazine

      “Infinitely clever… none of [Clarke's] enchantment has worn off - it's evolved. . . to abide in these pages is to find oneself happily detained in awe.” —The Washington Post

      "Enthralling [and] transcendent… the sweetness, the innocence of Piranesi's love for this world is devastating to read. Clarke's writing is clear, sharp — she can cleave your heart in a few short words. . . The mystery of Piranesi unwinds at a tantalizing yet lightening-like pace — it's hard not to rush ahead, even when each sentence, each revelation makes you want to linger." - NPR.org

      "The long-awaited followup to Jonathan Strange is even more magically immersive. . . Here is a protagonist with no guile, no greed, no envy, no cruelty, and yet still intriguing." - The Los Angeles Times

      “[Piranesi’s] love of the house and the meaning he finds in his humble life within it give this unusual novel a radiant, gentle, melancholy heart." - Slate, Best Books of 2020

      "Susanna Clarke’s astonishing Piranesi proves she’s one of the greatest novelists writing today." - Vox

      "Piranesi hit my mind and soul like a thunderbolt. It is a work of deep power." - EW.com

      “Susanna Clarke has fashioned her own myth anew and enlarged the world again.” —The New Republic

      "Spellbinding, strange, and unforgettably original." - Esquire

      “Almost impossible to put down… lavishly descriptive, charming, heartbreaking and imbued with a magic that will be familiar to Clarke's devoted readers, Piranesi will satisfy lovers of Jonathan Strange and win her many new fans.” —Bookpage, starred review

      “Readers who accompany [Piranesi] as he learns to understand himself will see magic returning to our world. Weird and haunting and excellent.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

      “Clarke wraps a twisty mystery inside a metaphysical fantasy in her extraordinary new novel . . . Sure to be recognized as one of the year's most inventive.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “As questions multiply and suspense mounts in this spellbinding, occult puzzle of a fable, one begins to wonder if perhaps the reverence, kindness, and gratitude practiced by Clarke's enchanting and resilient hero aren't all the wisdom one truly needs.” —Booklist, Starred Review

      “Clarke creates an immersive world that readers can almost believe exists. This is a solid crossover pick for readers whose appreciation of magical fantasy leans toward V.E. Schwab or Erin Morgenstern.” —Library Journal, Starred Review

      “Clarke's imagination is prodigious, her pacing is masterly and she knows how to employ dry humor in the service of majesty.” —Gregory Maguire, The New York Times

      “Nobody writes about magic the way Clarke does . . . She writes about magic as if she's actually worked it.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

      "I read it months ago and still think about it almost every day." - Emily St. John Mandel, Book Marks (Lit Hub)

      "Piranesi is a luminescent, dreamlike adventure, a book that will soothe your soul and transport you to a beautiful, strange world where you will want to linger, savoring every moment, every page." - Boston Magazine

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