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    The Lost Village A Novel Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming
    9781250249258 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:March 23, 2021 Print Run:100000
    $36.50 CAD 6.46 x 9.27 x 1.21 in | 520 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Minotaur Books
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      "Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets." - New York Times book review

      "[A] scary, highly entertaining debut...that pays homage to Shirley Jackson." - South Florida Sun Sentinel

      A Most Anticipated Book Goodreads * Publishers Weekly * Crime Reads * Popsugar * Bookish * #1 Loanstar Pick in Canada

      An Indie Next pick!

      A Library Reads Pick!

      The Blair Witch Project
      meets Midsommar in this brilliantly disturbing thriller from Camilla Sten, an electrifying new voice in suspense.

      Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

      But there will be no turning back.

      Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

      They are not alone.

      They’re looking for the truth…
      But what if it finds them first?

      Come find out.

      "RELENTLESSLY CREEPY." —Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger (An NPR Best Horror Novel)

      "IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP READING." —Ragnar Jonasson, author of The Island

      "Readers will revel in the chills." - Booklist

      CAMILLA STEN has been writing stories since she was a young girl and is famously one of the most important sounding boards for her crime-writing mother, Viveca Sten. In 2019, she stepped out of her mother’s shadow and published the now internationally acclaimed, hair-raising novel "The Lost Village." Rights for "The Lost Village" have been sold to seventeen territories around the world including film and TV. The book was one of seven shortlisted for the best translated crime award on ThrillZone.nl and is currently on Polish Goodreads shortlist for The 2019 Best Book Award in the horror category. An ever prolific author, Camilla is already working on her next psychologically intense suspense novel, all while travelling the world and putting the finishing touches on the first part of her dark and atmospheric YA series.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      NPR Best Book of the Year 2021, Long-listed

      "Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets." - New York Times book review

      “THE LOST VILLAGE draws you in with its spooky premise--the disappearance of an entire town--but great atmospherics and unexpected twists keep you turning the pages. For fans of haunted reality TV shows, Scandinavian thrillers, and all things relentlessly creepy.” -- Alma Katsu, author of The Deep and The Hunger

      "Very atmospheric and engaging mystery from a new and exciting voice in Scandinavian crime. The reader is drawn into a unique setting from page one and it is impossible to stop reading." - Ragnar Jonasson, author of The Island

      "An enthralling and claustrophobic read. Camilla Sten has written a lurid thriller that will send shivers down your spine.” – M.T. Edvardsson, author of A Nearly Normal Family

      "This gripping psychological thriller is sure to please fans of Shirley Jackson and cinema verité–styled horror." - Publishers Weekly

      "Very hard to put down...delivers maximum dread with remarkable restraint, and as the situation goes from bad to worse to terrifying, readers will revel in the chills." - Booklist

      Deliciously creepy and profoundly addictive." - The Free Lance Star

      "Legitimately scary." - Air Mail

      "The suspense in this book is off the charts." - Manhattan Book Review

      "[A] scary, highly entertaining debut...that pays homage to Shirley Jackson." - South Florida Sun Sentinel

      "Welcome to the world of Camilla Sten...impossible to forget." - Criminal Element

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    Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy Gary Barwin Canada
    9780735279520 Hardcover FICTION / Jewish On Sale Date:March 09, 2021
    $32.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.53 x 1.12 in | 1.21 lb | 344 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Random House Canada
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      A middle-aged Jewish man who fantasizes about being a cowboy goes on an eccentric quest across Europe after the 1941 Nazi invasion of Lithuania in this wild and witty yet heartrending novel from the bestselling author of Yiddish for Pirates, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

      Motl is middle-aged, poor, nerdy, Jewish and in desperate need of a shave. Since having his balls shot cleanly off as a youth in WWI, he’s lived a quiet life at home in Vilnius with his shrewd and shrewish mom, Gitl, losing himself in the masculine fantasy world of cowboy novels by writers like Karl May—novels equally loved by Hitler, whose troops have just invaded Lithuania and are out to exterminate people like Motl. In his dreams, Motl is a fast-talking, rugged, expert gunslinger capable of dealing with the Nazi threat. But only in his dreams.

      As friends and neighbours are killed around them, Motl and Gitl escape from Vilnius, saving their own skins. But they immediately risk everything to try rescue relatives they hope are still alive. With death all around him, Motl decides that a Jew’s best revenge is not only to live, but to procreate. In order to achieve this, though, he must relocate those most crucial pieces of his anatomy lost to him in a glacier in the Swiss Alps in the previous war. It’s an absurd yet life-affirming mission, made even more urgent when he’s separated from his mother, and isn’t sure whether she’s alive or dead. Joining forces, and eventually hearts, with Esther, a Jewish woman whose family has been killed, Motl ventures across Europe, a kaleidoscope of narrow escapes and close encounters with everyone from Himmler, to circus performers, double agents, quislings, fake “Indians” and real ones. Motl at last figures out that he has more connection to the Indigenous characters in western novels than the cowboys.

      An imaginative and deeply felt exploration of genocide, persecution, colonialism and masculinity—saturated in Gary Barwin’s sharp wit and perfect pun-play—Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy is a one-of-a-kind novel of sheer genius.

      Story Locale: Lithuania; Switzerland; Russia; Poland
      GARY BARWIN is a writer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-three books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent national bestselling novel, Yiddish for Pirates, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour as well as the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and the Hamilton Literary Award. It was also a finalist for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe: New and Selected Poems was also recently published to much acclaim. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. His prose and poetry has been published in hundreds of magazine and journals internationally—from Reader’s Digest to Granta and the Walrus. Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

      Author Residence: Hamilton, ON

      Author Hometown: Northern Ireland
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        Marketing: US Plans:

        •Advance mailing to trade publications including PW, Booklist, Kirkus, and Library Journal

        •NetGalley promotion

        •Goodreads promotion

        •Pursue reviews at on-sale in both print and online

        •Target Jewish focused outlets including Jewish Book Council for reviews and event opportunities

        Author Website: garybarwin.com http://serifofnottingham.blogspot.com/

        Author Social Media: Twitter and Instagram: @garybarwin
    • Awards & Reviews

      Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Fiction 2021, Winner

      “[A] boundary-pushing [and] . . . very funny book. . . . There are few voices in Canadian writing as original as Barwin’s.” —Toronto Star

      “[Gary Barwin] proves again why he’s one of the most distinct voices in Canadian lit.” —The Globe and Mail

      “[D]arkly humorous and affecting . . . the fantastic one-liners deepen the poignancy of the horrors. This inventive, madcap novel is a stunning testament to Jewish humor and survival.” Publishers Weekly

      “Barwin is a talented and prolific artist . . . and this novel showcases his signature style and strengths: acrobatic language bursting with puns, rhyme, alliteration and all manner of wordplay, madcap escapades, and a sprinkle of slapstick. . . . This wildly inventive novel plays by its own rules. In Barwin’s world, imagination is freedom, and comedy, courage.” —Quill & Quire

      “This is a novel steeped in history and truths—and ingenuity. . . . An adventure story set in horrific times, this novel manages to be darkly funny and packed with wisdom.” —The Globe and Mail

      "Barwin's second novel deserves the same attention as his first; it takes risks with an even more ambitious premise, is filled with delightful wordplay and poetic language and, like Yiddish for Pirates, there is simply not anything else out there quite like it.” Winnipeg Free Press

      “A fierce and funny horse ride through hell, told with brio.” —Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi

      “A hilarious and life-affirming adventure, equal parts Sound of Music, Blazing Saddles and matzo ball soup. This is Barwin’s tallest and deepest tale yet, a crackers modern Western that meditates (as it moseys) on compassion, kinship and the absurdity of atrocity.” —Sean Michaels, author of The Wagers

      “This is the most wildly inventive novel I have read in decades, and Gary Barwin is the enormously talented wordsmith who has pulled it off! It begins in the nightmare of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Lithuania and travels across Europe and North America examining the plight both of Jews and Indigenous peoples. And through it all we find jokes based on cowboy themes. Jokes! What are jokes doing among these calamities? Displacing the horror, easing the way, making the tragedies, if not bearable, at least something one can talk about without incessant weeping in a world haunted by the past.” —Antanas Sileika, author of Provision Yours
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    9780316429856 Hardcover FICTION / Coming of Age On Sale Date:March 09, 2021
    $34.00 CAD 5.9 x 9.5 x 1.4 in | 0.87 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Little, Brown and Company
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      Heralding the arrival of “a huge literary talent” (Karl Ove Knausgaard), Megan Nolan’s riveting debut is “a blistering anti-romance” (Catherine Lacey) about love addiction and what it does to us.

      Wouldn’t I do anything to reverse my loss, the absence of him?

      In the first scene of this provocative gut-punch of a novel, our unnamed narrator meets a magnetic writer named Ciaran and falls, against her better judgment, completely in his power. After a brief, all-consuming romance he abruptly rejects her, sending her into a tailspin of jealous obsession and longing. If he ever comes back to her, she resolves to hang onto him and his love at all costs, even if it destroys her…

      Part breathless confession, part lucid critique, Acts of Desperation renders a consciousness split between rebellion and submission, between escaping degradation and eroticizing it, between loving and being lovable. With unsettling, electric precision, Nolan dissects one of life’s most elusive mysteries: Why do we want what we want, and how do we want it?

      Heralding the arrival of a stunning new literary talent, Acts of Desperation interrogates the nature of fantasy, desire, and power, challenging us to reckon honestly with our own insatiability.

      "Hot as viscera." The New Republic
      Megan Nolan lives in London and was born in 1990 in Waterford, Ireland. She has a robust and devoted following for her writing which includes essays, fiction and reviews published widely including in the New York Times, the White Review, the Sunday Times, the Village Voice, the Guardian, and in the literary anthology, Winter Papers. Regular columns of her cultural commentary appear in i newspaper, Huck Magazine and the New Statesman. Acts of Desperation is her first novel.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize?
      Glamour’s Best Books of March
      Entertainment Weekly’s Must-Read Books of March
      TIME Best Books of the Year
      Bustle’s Most Anticipated Debuts
      Goodreads Most Anticipated Debuts
      LitHub’s Most Anticipated Books of the Year
      The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of the Year
      The Observer’s Best Debut Novelists of 2021
      Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year
      “Megan Nolan is a huge literary talent, and her first novel, Acts of Desperation, is a love story like no other. The writing is intense and honest, with a rare access to real life, but it is also reflective and full of insights, and with this combination the novel manages to separate the idea of love and the experience of it, and take the reader to the place where it comes into being.”
      “Megan Nolan writes with piercing vulnerability and precision. Her debut novel, Acts of Desperation is a blistering anti-romance about the seductive destruction of trying to find self-worth in the gaze of another.”—CATHERINE LACEY, author of PEW and THE ANSWERS
      "I devoured this book, my heart trilling with equal parts terror and exhilaration. It is an emotional thriller, a portrait of obsession—its pleasures and powerlessness, its inevitable corruption not only of integrity, but even selfhood. Nolan's prose is cool and liquid, her content perfectly scorching. I loved this taut and torturous ode to the parts of us that persist, even as we are wrecked by love."
      “Nolan’s raw and uncannily insightful writing glimmers in a way that will shed new light onto wounds both healed and open — and possibly save some other nameless woman the suffering. She tells the truth about obsession and drains it of all allure.”
      “Wrenching…a chronicle of a sinister, deeply imbalanced and unsettlingly familiar romantic relationship…Nolan’s writing gleams with dark precision. Her narrator’s piercing, almost perverse self-awareness makes the action both more sad and more urgent…The decision to hold in suspicion the very form she is enacting is what makes the book refreshing and complex. What Acts of Desperation illuminates best is the chasm, sadly still enormous, between feminist politics and personal predicaments of love, sex and romance. The novel is a powerful counterweight to the notion that young women today are free to define themselves apart from men…It is satisfying to see a young female narrator wrest control of the story of her debasement, to show both its specificity and its utter sameness, her victimhood and her complicity.”
      “Nolan spins romantic obsession into literary gold…It’s no surprise that Megan Nolan’s ACTS OF DESPERATION is already being called the next Normal People…Nolan, a more bruising writer than Rooney, is also a braver one in many ways—or one with the courage, at least, to let her characters be ugly in a way that Normal rarely does….If Nolan as a novelist weren’t so deeply smart and self-aware, you might want to shake her wounded protagonist out of it. Instead there’s just the sharp kick of recognition—and sympathy.”
      “Nolan makes this novel of the thin line between romantic obsession and abuse so readable and relatable you’ll tear through it as if it’s a beach read.”
      “Megan Nolan’s absorbing debut novel traces…the messy motivations that twist infatuation into obsession — rendering a sharp psychological portrait of a narrator thoroughly transformed by desire.”
      Frightening and feverish, compulsive and distressing, and as true-seeming a document of toxic and manipulative love as any published within memoryActs of Desperation is, in other words, that squirmy argument between the sexes from Midsommar spread over 250 elegantly written pages—a psychosexual thriller about the ecstasy and embarrassment of being a woman who has sex with, and who falls in love with, men… Bodily and alivehot as viscera, inward-looking, dark and soft…in other ways, its subject could not be more staggering in its scope, its savage, internecine central relationship serving as a bleak reminder of the ways in which the sexes have been socialized to be at odds, even in romance.”
      "Please believe the hype...I was transfixed with admiration and visceral horror…Nolan’s headlong, fearless prose feels like salt wind on cracked lips. You wince and you thrill.”—THE SUNDAY TIMES
      “Acts of Desperation is not simply a portrait of a relationship that descends briskly into the coercive and abusive; it is also an exploration of early adult life, of lostness and excess, of alienation and complicity… This is why Acts of Desperation is so resonant; its bad relationships, the over-drinking and the unsatisfactory jobs are symptoms of a deeper sense of distress, a feeling of being out of kilter with the world…Nolan’s subject matter chimes with a frank exploration of interiority and pain that is hardly uncommon in fiction, but it is strikingly singular.”—THE GUARDIAN
      “This is a novel that does not shy away from the grim realities of sexual violence — and more specifically, the fact that male violence is endemic, and that the vast majority of rapists are known to their victims…Nolan deploys individual suffering as a weapon in the fight against collective injustice…While melodrama is normally considered to overwhelm the emotions at the expense of characterization, Nolan — freed from the constraints of stage and screen — does the opposite. Like Ibsen, she attends to the meanings and consequences of the smallest physical and bodily details.”
      “Remarkable…This mesmerizes from the first page.”
      PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)
      “Acts of Desperation charts the obsession of an unnamed narrator…with forensic focus and biting honesty.”
      THE OBSERVER, 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2021

      “Ruthlessly peels back the ego to expose the soul’s most discomfiting corners… Acts of Desperation? submerges you in her interior life with?Knausgaardian?intensity…Her rejection of cliché and a savage honesty bordering on masochism recall writers such as Elena Ferrante and Jenny Diski…Nolan’s portrait of a relationship warped by obsession and low self-worth excavates our private hearts.”

      “Nolan, a young Irish writer known for her unsparing essays on subjects such as abortion, joins the likes of Sally Rooney and Raven Leilani with this tempestuous, Dublin-set debut about a hard-drinking millennial whose hunger for validation leads her into a torrid relationship with a jealous writer… Impossible not to devour, it's an unsettling book that leaves you chewing queasily on its knotty, gristly core, despite the narrative's redemptive framing as an act of purgative retrospection.”
      “A bracing and poignant story of a young woman’s awakening; the writing is lucid and devastatingly accurate...With her narrator’s whipsmart tone, low self-esteem issues and penchant for sexual debasement, Nolan will likely be compared to contemporary writers such as Sally Rooney, Kristen Roupenian and Ottessa Moshfegh. While these comparisons certainly hold, in Acts of Desperation there is a sweeter sense of openness to the world, despite its many problems. The wry social commentary is there, but it’s from the perspective of a character who hasn’t yet withdrawn from the world she critiques.”
      “Nolan’s electric debut probes the gray area between affection and obsession.”
      “[Nolan] divulges the many complexities and contradictions of female desire.”—Debanjana Das, BUZZFEED
      “A tour de force chronicling the many paradoxes of female desire… Nolan hasn’t assigned any names to her narrator as she is one of us: a self that eroticizes her own humiliation to survive patriarchy, and that every woman carries.”
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    My Mother's Daughter A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph Perdita Felicien Canada
    9780385689960 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:March 30, 2021
    $32.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.28 x 1.21 in | 1.11 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
    • Marketing Copy

      A raw and affecting memoir about a mother and daughter who beat the odds together.

      Decades before Perdita Felicien became a World Champion hurdler running the biggest race of her life at the 2004 Olympics, she carried more than a nation’s hopes: she carried her mother’s dreams.

      In 1974, teenage Catherine is determined and tenacious, but she’s also pregnant with her second child and just scraping by in St. Lucia. When she meets a wealthy white Canadian family vacationing on the island, she knows it’s her chance. They ask her to come to Canada to be their nanny—and she accepts.

      This was the beginning of Catherine’s new life: a life of opportunity, yet also of suffering. Within a few years, she would find herself pregnant a third time—this time in her new country with no family to support her, and this time, with Perdita. Together, in the years to come, mother and daughter would experience racism, domestic abuse, and even homelessness, but Catherine’s will would always pull them through.

      As Perdita grew and began to discover her preternatural gifts, she was edged onward by her mother’s love, grit, and faith. Facing literal and figurative hurdles, she learned to leap and pick herself back up when she stumbled. Intimate and poignant, joyous and heartwarming, this is a daughter’s memoir—a book about the power of a parent’s love to transform their child’s life.

      The author will donate a portion of her proceeds from My Mother’s Daughter to The Denise House, an emergency shelter in Oshawa, Ontario, that supports abused women and their children—and that helped Perdita and her family in 1987. Learn more about The Denise House at www.thedenisehouse.com.

      Story Locale: Ontario, Canada; St.Lucia
      PERDITA FELICIEN is an author, television host, sports broadcaster, motivational speaker, two-time Olympian, ten-time National Champion, and the first Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metres hurdler, she earned numerous honours, including Canada’s Athlete of the Year and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Perdita retired from professional sports in 2013 and is the host of the television series, All-Round Champion, and a member of CBC’s hosting team during the 2020 Summer and 2022 Winter Olympics. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and studied creative writing at The University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Pickering, ON
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        Paid social advertising

        Google Search/Display ads

        Influencer outreach

        Goodreads giveaways

        Focus of Penguin Random House Canada and Doubleday Canada social accounts and newsletters

        US Plans: 

        Advance mailing to trade publications including Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus 

        Target women’s long lead outlets such as Women’s Day, Shape Magazine, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Readers Digest 

        Mailing to sports publications and major print newspapers including Sports Illustrated and ESPNRadio tour 

        Pitch content to websites such as refinery29, people.com and popsugar 

        Influencer mailing to popular female athletes (Abby Wambach) 

        Social Advertising 

        Publicity: Target key national and local broadcast media in Toronto for segments, especially leveraging her relationship with the CBC (outlets include The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show, Your Morning, Global’s The Morning Show, CBC’s The National, etc.)

        Target impactful print feature attention with outlets like Chatelaine, Refinery29, Elle Canada, and Postmedia

        Leverage author’s profile as an elite Canadian athlete for attention with sports-forward media

        National tour (cities TBC)

        Author Website: perditafelicien.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter and Instagram: @perditafelicien; Facebook: www.facebook.com/Perdita-Felicien-168510829855430
    • Awards & Reviews

      Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2022, Short-listed
      Shortlisted for the 2022 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
      A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of 2021

      "[A] beautifully written and compelling memoir." Toronto Star

      "So captivating is the story of Cathy Felicien Browne's life . . . that by the time her daughter Perdita runs her first sprint halfway through the book, you might have forgotten all about the fact that the author is former World Champion hurdler Perdita Felicien. . . . In this inspiring memoir, Felicien . . . recounts the despair and the triumphs like a champion." —The Globe and Mail

      "Perdita Felicien takes on the ambitious feat of chronicling an intergenerational story of resilience and succeeds with unflinching clarity. Her controlled and poised prose details raw and often messy emotions with intelligence and compassion, while the fierce honesty with which she writes emphasizes the magnitude of maternal love and the bonds of family. A memoir with a commanding voice, My Mother’s Daughter is a love letter to mother-daughter relationships." —Zalika Reid-Benta, Giller Prize-nominated author of Frying Plantain

      "We are not defined by when we fall; rather, it's the journey of where we come from that holds the deepest definition of self. Perdita Felicien is so much more than a champion athlete. This phenomenal, human story shows a Canada many people will never know, the power of a mother's love for her daughter, and the indefatigable resilience in the face of so much struggle. I could not put this book down." —Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic medalist and author of Open Heart, Open Mind

      "A book about the most important team any of us plays on—our family—by one of the greatest athletes Canada has ever produced. Perdita Felicien reminds us that the accomplishments you see out on the track, field or rink are the result not just of talent and practice, but of someone's love." —Cathal Kelly, author of Boy Wonders ?

      "Perdita Felicien first stole our hearts as a world champion, but now she takes us behind the scenes to the heartache of her tumultuous childhood and to the grit she needed to triumph over adversity. Her story is for everyone who dreams big. This book made me laugh and cry and cheer out loud. It's a winner—like Perdita herself." —Sally Armstrong, journalist
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    The Girls Are All So Nice Here Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
    9781982145026 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:March 09, 2021
    $24.99 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86 mm | 0.85 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      Two former best friends return to their college reunion to find that they’re being circled by someone who wants revenge for what they did ten years before—and will stop at nothing to get it—in this shocking psychological thriller about ambition, toxic friendship, and deadly desire.

      A lot has changed in the years since Ambrosia Wellington graduated from college, and she’s worked hard to create a new life for herself. But then an invitation to her ten-year reunion arrives in the mail, along with an anonymous note that reads “We need to talk about what we did that night.”

      It seems that the secrets of Ambrosia’s past—and the people she thought she’d left there—aren’t as buried as she’d believed. Amb can’t stop fixating on what she did or who she did it with: larger-than-life Sloane “Sully” Sullivan, Amb’s former best friend, who could make anyone do anything.

      At the reunion, Amb and Sully receive increasingly menacing messages, and it becomes clear that they’re being pursued by someone who wants more than just the truth of what happened that first semester. This person wants revenge for what they did and the damage they caused—the extent of which Amb is only now fully understanding. And it was all because of the game they played to get a boy who belonged to someone else, and the girl who paid the price.

      Alternating between the reunion and Amb’s freshman year, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a shocking novel about the brutal lengths girls can go to get what they think they’re owed, and what happens when the games we play in college become matters of life and death.
      Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a former model who lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and three children. She is the author of three young adult novels: Firsts, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, along with Last Girl Lied To and All Eyes on Her, under the name L.E. Flynn.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Heathers meets The Secret History.
      Toronto Star
      Deliciously dark, full of simmering menace, and I totally fell under its compelling and addictive spell.”
      KAREN HAMILTON, bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend
      “We know, practically from the opening pages of this terrific novel, that it’s not about ‘nice’ girls.”
      The Globe and Mail
      “Kept me up all night—literally. I tore through the book in less than 24 hours, forcing my eyes to stay open as if the remaining pages wouldn't be there in the morning.”
      USA Today
      Dark, twisted, and utterly gripping, The Girls Are All So Nice Here explores the unparalleled cruelty of mean girls on a leafy college campus. This propulsive thriller has a killer ending to match its killer title.”
      ROBYN HARDING, #1 bestselling author of The Swap
      Chilling, disturbing, and spellbinding, The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a brilliantly written, terrifying dive into toxic friendship, deep insecurity, betrayal, and revenge. A shocking thriller that crackles with tension on every page, it’s a breathless, unforgettable read.”
      — SAMANTHA M. BAILEY, #1 bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
      “Flynn smartly examines the darker complexities of friendship, ambition, and social dynamics in this propulsive thriller. Full of twists and surprises, The Girls Are All So Nice Here reminds us that the past has a long reach, and secrets never stay buried forever. I couldn’t stop reading until the shocking final twist!”
      MEGAN MIRANDA, author of The Girl from Widow Hills
      Twisted, compelling, and so very dark. This devastating story about the friends we keep—and those we don’t—is surprising in the best possible way. Flynn’s first adult fiction book makes me wonder what she’ll come up with next.”
      SAMANTHA DOWNING, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It
      “[Flynn] maintains suspense as the story unfolds, without dropping the propulsive energy set up from page one. . . . Fans of Megan Abbott and her dissection of femininity and violence will find common ground in The Girls Are All So Nice Here. Flynn provides a new take on the dead girl trope through the eyes of an unrepentant female protagonist driven by personal desire and self-interest.”
      Quill & Quire
      Juicy, twisty, and relentlessly unsettling, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is more than a thriller; it’s a masterful portrait of the complexities of female friendships and the raw yearning to fit in. With characters unflinchingly wrought in all their vulnerability and a setting so real, I felt I’d visited the Wesleyan campus myself, this book is a brilliant and wickedly wild ride. I couldn’t put it down.”
      ANDREA BARTZ, author of The Herd
      “So deliciously dark, and I was completely hooked from the first page. . . . Incredible. . . . It’s Mean Girls all grown up, with a very dark twist!
      ELLE CROFT, bestselling author of The Guilty Wife
      “Absolutely brilliant—so claustrophobic and tense.”
      LISA HALL, author of The Perfect Couple
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    Meet Me in Paradise Libby Hubscher
    9780593199428 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:March 23, 2021
    $22.00 CAD 5.54 x 8.22 x 0.88 in | 0.69 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
    • Marketing Copy

      Marin Cole has never:

      Seen the ocean

      Climbed a mountain

      Taken a risk on love

      …. But if her sister’s plan works, she just might do all three.

      Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off art and adrenaline.

      When Sadie returns from a tough assignment abroad and looks a little worse for wear, Marin reluctantly agrees to a sisters’ spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. But her lifelong fear of travel is affirmed when Sadie misses the flight, Marin’s luggage gets mixed up with another passenger’s, and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister’s seat.

      For the first time in a long time, Marin has to step outside her comfort zone as she explores the island with Lucas and learns what she’s been missing out on. With each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to her real self, the man she’s falling for, and the heart-wrenching truth about why she’s there in the first place.

      Story Locale: Tennessee and Saba, Caribbean Netherlands
      Libby Hubscher is an author and scientist. She studied biology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and holds a doctor of philosophy in molecular toxicology from North Carolina State University. Her work has appeared online and in textbooks, scientific journals, and literary journals. Her short story “The Unwelcome Guest” was long-listed for the Wigleaf Top 50 in 2018. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two young children, and a menagerie of pets.

      Author Residence: North Carolina
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Pre-publication trade advertising

        Online advertising

        ARC distribution and giveaways

        Pre-publication consumer outreach

        Social media campaign

        Influencer outreach

        Consumer sweepstakes

        Library marketing campaign

        Book club promotions

        Discussion guide bound in book

        E-mail marketing campaign

        Feature on Read It Forward

        Publicity: National print publicity

        Online publicity campaign

        Blog campaign

        Author Website: libbyhubscher.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @EMHubscher ; Instagram: @libbyhubscher ; Facebook: Libby Hubscher Author
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Fun beach read + heartfelt sister bonds + self-discovery journey + slow burning romance = 100% pure pleasure!” —Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today Bestseller, on Meet Me in Paradise

      Praise for Meet Me in Paradise

      Meet Me in Paradise is such a compelling read! By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, Libby Hubscher truly takes us on a journey as Marin learns to find happiness on her own terms. Her adventures are brought so vividly to life that I want to start a #ProjectParadise of my own!”—Jen DeLuca, author of Well Played

      Meet Me In Paradise is a stunning tale of love, loss, and the capacity for wonder. Marin’s adventure will touch anyone who has ever felt adrift in a sea of responsibility and decided to swim toward the shore. Hubscher expertly crafts a delicious blend of humor, whimsy, and raw emotion that left me laughing, crying, and unable to put it down.”—Denise Williams, author of How to Fail at Flirting

      “Both a romantic escape and an ode to sisterhood, Meet Me in Paradise made me swoon, laugh, and then sneaked up on me and made me cry. Marin and Sadie are the beating heart of this story—I adored them in all their wild, wonderful messiness. A radiantly hopeful book.”—Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk
      Meet Me in Paradise will sweep you off your feet. Marin’s leap into the unknown is full of love, romance and adventure, and I felt like I was right there with her on the pristine beaches of Saba as she climbs mountains, dives for pearls, and learns how to open herself up to the possibilities of love.”—Sonya Lalli, author of Serena Singh Flips the Script

      “Hubscher’s debut novel is the perfect book for anyone longing for family, travel, and romance. Prepare for some tears mixed with the happy-ever-afters.”Library Journal

      “A poignant, emotionally authentic story of sisterly bonds and unexpected love…This is sure to tug at readers’ heartstrings.”Publishers Weekly (starred)

      “Debuting author Hubscher gently weaves in the more somber story lines, so readers aren’t blindsided yet will still feel the full emotional impact. The romance blooms beautifully, and while there are several complex and endearing secondary characters, this is primarily Marin’s story told mostly through her own captivating narrative. Tissues should be on hand.”Booklist

      “Not simply a breezy romantic comedy, Meet Me in Paradise captures the duality of life’s highs and lows. This romantic comedy offers tropical vacation mishaps, a burgeoning romance and an undercurrent of heartbreak.”Shelf Awareness
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    Central Park Guillaume Musso, Sam Taylor
    9780316590969 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:March 16, 2021
    $12.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.38 x 0.88 in | 0.64 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Back Bay Books
    • Marketing Copy

      From the #1 international bestselling author: a woman wakes up on a Central Park bench with no memory of how she got there in this “unpredictable and moving psychological thriller that keeps you holding your breath” (Métro)

      Alice, a fierce and respected Parisian cop, wakes up on a Central Park bench with no memory of the night before, handcuffed to a complete stranger—a musician named Gabriel. Disoriented, dazed, and with someone else’s blood on her shirt, Alice works furiously to reconnect the dots. She remembers clubbing with her friends the night before on the Champs-Élysées. Gabriel claims he was playing a gig in Dublin. Was she drugged? Kidnapped? Why is the gun in her jacket pocket missing a bullet? And whose blood is on her clothes?

      Over the next twenty-four hours, Alice and Gabriel race across New York in search of answers, stumbling upon a startling set of clues that point to a terrible adversary from the past. Alice must finally confront her memories of hunting the serial killer who took everything from her—a man she thought was dead, until now.

      From France's #1 bestselling author, Central Park is a taut and suspenseful thriller that will keep readers riveted until its final shocking twist.
      Guillaume Musso is the #1 bestselling author in France. He has written seventeen novels, including the thrillers The Reunion, which is in development as an international TV series and Afterwards..., which was made into a feature film starring John Malkovich and Evangeline Lilly. His books have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into forty-four languages. He lives in Paris.
      Marketing & Promotion
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Central Park:

      Musso spoons out details and misdirection with brio… the initial conceit provoked plenty of interest… [the] opener is a doozy."—Sarah Weinman, New York Times Book Review
      “Sure to please those who like to use reading as their cardio.”—CrimeReads
      Praise for The Reunion:

      "This immensely satisfying thriller about a prep school scandal and three friends' buried secrets had me turning the pages well into the night. The Reunion has everything a masterful thriller should: gut-wrenching suspense, a twisting story with blindsiding surprises, and a narrator with a mysterious past. It's no wonder that Guillaume Musso is one of France's most loved, bestselling authors."—Harlan Coben
      "The French call it a coup de foudre: a strike of lightning. That's how The Reunion zapped me, electrified me. For almost a decade, Guillaume Musso has reigned supreme as France's most popular author, and with this, his American debut, he's instantly poised to join the ranks of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. The Reunion zigzags so nimbly -- between past and present, from intrigue to terror, amid possible suspects and potential victims -- that you're at very real risk of whiplash. Witty, elegant, and peopled with complex characters, it's one of the most sheerly suspenseful novels I've read in years -- and among the most enjoyable, too."—A.J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
      "A fast-paced thriller, set on the Cote d'Azur, packed with a glamorous missing girl, a dead body, and enough references to Twin Peaks and raves and Belle and Sebastian to tickle anybody who came of age in the 1990s... Musso is not just a popular author but the number one bestselling novelist in France. So you're bound to emerge more branché than those people you see on the beach reading home-grown potboilers."—Lauren Mechling, Vanity Fair
      "In Musso's masterful plotting, Thomas faces fresh dangers at every turn. The atmospheric finale--which unfolds at Villa Fitzgerald and along Smugglers Way, the coastal path near some of the most lavish properties on the Côte d'Azur--brings shocking revelations."—Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com
      "A multi-layered thriller that's fueled by urgency and drama. Guillaume Musso adds a menacing quality to the glamorous Côte d'Azur. With plot twists unleashed at a furious pace, The Reunion is a nightmare set in privileged utopia."—Frank Brasile, Shelf Awareness
      "Despite the ticking-clock premise, Musso takes time to set the atmosphere, with lush details that transport the reader to a locale that's at once glamorous and also laced with a deep, abiding sadness."—Crimereads
      "A fine tale of suspense from France's best-selling author."—Michele Leber, Booklist
      "Long-buried secrets will give way to the truth in this tragic, riveting, French-Riviera-set story."—Becky Toyne, Globe and Mail
      "Intense nostalgia and simmering guilt drive this evocative mystery... Musso moves effortlessly between the violent past and the increasingly dangerous present as complicated relationships and tragic misunderstandings unfold... Readers interested in the dark side of the good life on the Cote d'Azur will be satisfied."—Publishers Weekly
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    9781529337723 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 06, 2021
    $17.99 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0.75 in | 0.52 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Hodder
    • Marketing Copy


      Never Have I Ever been punished for what I have done . . .

      'An unsettling whirlwind of a novel with a startlingly dark core. 5 Stars' Sun on The Other Twin

      Twenty years ago

      Four teenagers discover a new game.

      They add their own rules, going from sharing secrets to sharing firsts.

      And then it all goes spiraling out of control.


      A woman gets a note through her door which chills her blood

      'Never have I ever been punished for what I have done'

      She thought this was over. But it looks like it's her turn to play

      Because no matter how far it goes, you have to obey the rules of the game. And the game is never really over.

      'Well written, engrossing and brilliantly unique, this is a fab debut' Heat on The Other Twin


      L.V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters' Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.
      Follow Lucy on Twitter @LucyVHayAuthor, on Facebook facebook.com/LucyHayB2W and her website: lucyvhayauthor.com

      Marketing & Promotion
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    The Relatives A Novel Camilla Gibb Canada
    9780385678094 Hardcover FICTION / Family Life On Sale Date:March 23, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 5.72 x 8.51 x 0.8 in | 0.7 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
    • Marketing Copy

      From the renowned author of Sweetness in the Belly, The Beauty of Humanity Movement and This Is Happy, comes a bold, urgent and richly imagined novel about what it means to be a family in our modern world.

      Lila is on a long, painful journey toward motherhood. Tess and Emily are reeling after their ugly separation and fighting over ownership of the embryos that were supposed to grow their family together. And thousands of miles away, the unknown man who served as anonymous donor to them all is being held in captivity in Somalia. While his life remains in precarious balance, his genetic material is a source of both creation and conflict.

      What does it mean to be a family in our rapidly shifting world? What are our responsibilities to each other with increasing options for how to create a family?

      As these characters grapple with life-altering changes, they will find themselves interconnected in ways they cannot have imagined, and forced to redefine what family means to them.

      Story Locale: Toronto, Canada; Jijiga, Ethiopia; Somalia
      CAMILLA GIBB was born in London, England, and grew up in Toronto. She is the author of four internationally acclaimed novels—Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement—as well as the bestselling memoir This Is Happy. Camilla has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the RBC Taylor Prize. She has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and is an adjunct faculty member of the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: London, UK
      Marketing & Promotion
        Publicity: extensive ARC mailing to create early buzz

        Tour cities: Toronto, SW Ontario, Vancouver for Incite series

        Pitch to fall festivals

        Limited review coverage in outlets like The Globe and Mail

        Extensive national radio interviews like CBC The Next Chapter

        Ask CG to write content pieces about new definitions of family - Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, etc

        Author Website: www.camillagibb.ca

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

      "Camilla Gibb's new book The Relatives proves she's one of Canada's best storytellers. [She] grabs us from the start with this thriller-paced novel. . . . Taut, suspenseful prose urges us ever forward, probing the deeper connections among her beautifully flawed family of characters. . . . Taking us into the bright and the dark, worlds known and unknown, Gibb's multi-layered tale solves these mysteries with the immense satisfaction that only the best storytellers can deliver." —Toronto Star

      "This slim volume packs a punch. Beautifully written, and oh, what a story of family and lives coming together! I loved it." —The Kit

      Praise for Camilla Gibb:

      "Gibb's writing is laser-like." —Toronto Star

      "Gibb's prose is elegant and sings with an almost Victorian delicacy and sophistication: Dickens, interrupted." —San Francisco Chronicle

      "An extraordinary Canadian talent. . . . The intricacy of Gibb's language transports you." —Edmonton Journal

      "Anger, honesty, compassion, fear, wit and insight electrify Gibb's deft sentences, singing the importance of belonging, of self-worth and of story." —Winnipeg Free Press

      "A debunker of stereotypes and a seeker of the big picture, [Gibb] isn't satisfied with merely creating convincing characters and a bold plot. She educates and enlightens the reader." —Montreal Gazette

      "Gibb's thoughtful and intricate writing weaves an unforgettable portrait . . . and her observations of humanity make clear the similarities in all of us." —The Seattlest
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    Flight Laura Griffin
    9780593197349 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:March 30, 2021
    $10.99 CAD 4.19 x 6.75 x 0.9 in | 0.39 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
    • Marketing Copy

      From New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin comes a captivating new romantic thriller featuring a forensic photographer and a police detective under pressure in the coastal town of Lost Beach, Texas.

      When former forensic photographer Miranda Moore moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she’s decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning she comes across a couple sleeping on the beach, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren’t asleep—they’re dead.

      Detective Joel Breda sets out to find answers—not only about the unidentified victims in the marshy death scene, but also about the aloof and beautiful photographer who seems to know more about his investigation than he does.

      As they uncover the terrorist plot of a merciless serial killer, Miranda and Joel must race against the clock to find the killer before the killer can find them first.

      Story Locale: Lost Beach, TX

      Series Overview: A new romantic thriller series, the Lost Beach, featuring police officers, forensic specialists, and locals who work together to solve bewildering murder cases in the Texas coastal region.
      Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and novellas. She is a two-time RITA® Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award.

      Author Residence: Austin, Texas
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Online advertising

        ARC distribution and giveaways

        Pre-publication consumer outreach

        Social media campaign

        Influencer outreach

        Consumer sweepstakes

        Library marketing campaign

        E-mail marketing campaign

        Publicity: Launch event in Houston

        National print publicity

        Online publicity campaign

        Blog campaign

        Author Website: lauragriffin.com/

        Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor ; Twitter: @Laura_Griff ; Instagram: @lauragriffinauthor
    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Flight

      “A thrilling suspense plot with a believable love story… Griffin takes care to develop a satisfying and complex mystery without sacrificing time for Joel and Miranda to build trust and chemistry as their partnership moves from professional to personal. Series fans will not be disappointed.”--Publishers Weekly

      "Flight by Laura Griffin kept me captivated... There's enough heat, suspense, and romance to keep you warm."--Fresh Fiction

      Praise for Laura Griffin and her novels

      "Griffin never disappoints with her exciting, well-researched, fast-paced romantic thrillers."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      "Gritty, imaginative, sexy! You must read Laura Griffin."--New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard

      "Top-notch romantic suspense! Fast pace, tight plotting, terrific mystery, sharp dialogue, fabulous characters."--New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan

      "A gripping, white-knuckle read. You won't be able to put it down."--New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak

      "An emotional, exciting page-turner. Griffin deftly balances the mystery and the love story."--The Washington Post

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