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    While We Were Dating Jasmine Guillory
    9780593100844 Hardcover FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:July 13, 2021
    $35.00 CAD 5.72 x 8.54 x 1.15 in | 1.01 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Berkley
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      The next contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.

      A charming and hilarious new romance featuring Ben Stephens, Theo’s brother from The Wedding Party, and a famous actress as they struggle to keep things purely professional while working together.

      Story Locale: California
      Bio
      Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party, Royal Holiday, and Party of Two. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Shondaland.com, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She lives in Oakland, California.

      Author Residence: Oakland, CA
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      Awards
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      “Jasmine Guillory is the undisputed queen of the modern-day romance, and this novel—in which a budding movie star and the ad guy tasked with making her famous fall hard for one another before encountering life’s many complications—is yet another jewel in her crown.”—Vogue

      “This romance will sizzle off the page, and leave you excited for whatever Guillory writes next.”—Real Simple

      “Jasmine Guillory has long since established her reign as the romance queen, and yet with each new release she reestablishes her dominance. While We Were Dating is as good as you’ve come to expect from the author—stuffed with glamour and wit, the story follows an advertising professional who falls for a Hollywood actress when she stars in his latest campaign. It’s juicy yet meaningful, like every Guillory classic.”—Elle

      “Romance author Jasmine Guillory spins another dazzling love story.”—TIME

      “The novel introduces thoughtful commentary on mental health, racism and body image issues in Hollywood, while still tying together all the components readers want from a dreamy celebrity romance.”—USA Today

      “An Instagram-flavored remix of Notting Hill. Glamorous and sexy? Sounds like the perfect beach read.”—Harper’s Bazaar

      “Love yourself and pick up this witty, glitzy novel.”—Vulture

      “A delectable tale.”—GoodMorningAmerica.com

      “The best-selling romance novelist does it again, this time with a delicious tale of an advertising executive and the movie star he casts in his new campaign.”—Entertainment Weekly

      “A ridiculously fun narrative that is grounded in reality while offering a much-needed escape from it…A cheery romance that’s not afraid to dip into the hard stuff…A book that honors its readers by taking its genre seriously all the while providing humor and scenes of charm and delight.”—TIME

      “Guillory has turned many a romance-novel skeptic into a true believer, and her newest release will garner even more converts…[a] charming, sexy love story.”—Elle

      “Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes and Guillory will always deliver a satisfying rom-com.”—E! News

      “Steamy and swoon-worthy.”—PopSugar
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    Falling A Novel T. J. Newman
    9781982177881 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:July 06, 2021
    $32.95 CAD 155.57 x 234.95 x 27.94 mm | 1.05 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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      #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER * INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

      “T. J. Newman has written the perfect thriller! A must-read.” —Gillian Flynn
      “Stunning and relentless. This is Jaws at 35,000 feet.” —Don Winslow
      Falling is the best kind of thriller…Nonstop, totally authentic suspense.” —James Patterson
      “Amazing...Intense suspense, shocks, and scares...Chilling.” —Lee Child

      You just boarded a flight to New York.

      There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.

      What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.

      For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

      The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

      Enjoy the flight.
      Bio
      T. J. Newman, a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. She wrote much of Falling on cross-country red-eye flights while her passengers were asleep. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Falling is her first novel.
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      #1 Indie Next Pick
      Amazon Best Books of the Month
      Apple Best Books of the Month
      LibraryReads Best Books of the Month
      Good Morning America Buzz Pick of the Week

      Named a most anticipated book of summer by dozens of outlets including USA Today, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, CrimeReads, Goodreads, and more.

      Named a Best Book of the Year (So Far) by USA Today and Esquire.

      “The splashiest book debut of the summer.”
      Entertainment Weekly

      “The thriller of the summer.”
      Dallas Morning News

      “An unputdownable thriller that will take you on a wild ride full of twists and suspense.”
      Good Morning America

      “Summer’s big thriller . . . The frenzy for Falling is understandable: At every turn, Newman cranks the tension in unexpected ways that still satisfy the thriller lust. Her insider’s knowledge comes through in details that not only bolster the book’s credibility but also catalyze the plot.”
      —Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times

      “Terrifying . . . Buckle up for a chilling summer read.”
      People (Best Books of the Week)

      “A rich and assured debut . . . Emotionally complex in surprising and refreshing ways . . . Falling is expertly paced—if you were to begin reading this book at LAX, you’d finish it right as you began your descent into JFK.”
      USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars)

      “A white-knuckle thrill ride.”
      Newsweek

      “One of the most talked-about debuts of the year. Like all good thrillers, Falling gets off to a dramatic start and maintains its momentum . . . Newman’s various narrative strands resemble high-voltage live wires. One tense predicament replaces another, from poison gas attacks to mutinous passengers to orders to kill the co-pilot or shoot down the plane. The suspense is heightened by the fact that the terrorist is not open to negotiation.”
      —Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “The summer’s buzziest beach read.”
      Los Angeles Magazine

      “Bound for JFK out of LAX, pilot Bill Hoffman has no idea he’s about to be given a choice: Either crash the plane or his family will be murdered. The author, a former bookseller and flight attendant, seems to think of everything — every trick, every error, every advantage — in a plot that executes more barrel rolls than a stunt plane on the Fourth of July.”
      —Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times

      “One of the year’s best thrillers . . . This novel is like the films Die Hard and Speed on steroids . . . Newman keeps up an extreme pace from the first page.”
      Library Journal (starred review)

      “Brilliant . . . Incredibly suspenseful . . . With abundantly human characters, natural dialogue, and a plot that unleashes one surprise after another, this could be the novel that everyone is talking about this summer.”
      Booklist (starred review)

      “A superlative debut . . . This tense, convincing thriller marks the arrival of an assured new talent.”
      Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “High-octane drama . . . Newman’s background means Falling brings a freshness and depth to the genre. While the story is propelled by the impossible situation Bill and his captive family find themselves in, at its heart is the relationship between the tight-knit crew. . . . It’s an eye-opening look into the reality of working on a plane.”
      The Guardian

      “Attention, please: T. J. Newman has written the perfect thriller! Such a cool, high-concept idea: commercial airline pilot forced to make the ultimate life-or-death choice. Newman’s background in the air grounds the story in reality, while her writing amps up the suspense to unbearable levels. Terrific and terrifying, a true page-turner. A must-read for summer vacation—but my advice is, don't start this book until you’ve gotten off the plane.”
      —Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

      Falling is the best kind of thriller (for me as a reader anyway). Characters you care deeply about. Nonstop, totally authentic suspense.”
      —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

      “T. J. Newman has taken a brilliant idea, a decade of real-life experience, and crafted the perfect summer thriller. Relentlessly paced and unforgettable.”
      —Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author

      “Amazing . . . Intense suspense, shocks and scares plus chilling insider authenticity make this one very special.”
      —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

      “A bullet train of a thriller with incredible tension and personal stakes. The real engine of this stunning and relentless book is how far would you go to save your family? I read Falling with my heart in my throat—this is Jaws at 35,000 feet. An extraordinary debut and the perfect summer page-turner.”
      —Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Force and The Cartel

      “Heart pounding. Heart wringing. Heart STOPPING! A great book! One of those where you’re afraid to turn the next page, but you can’t stop.”
      —Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series

      “Think Speed on a passenger jet—with the cockpit dials turned up to supersonic.”
      —Ian Rankin, #1 internationally bestselling author

      “Buckle up for a completely original edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the final nail-biting pages. Save your family or save the hundred passengers who have put their lives in your hands. You cannot save both. T. J. Newman’s chilling novel stayed with me long after I finished reading it. This is the best thriller I’ve read in years.”
      —Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

      “A jet-propelled thriller that will have you in its grip from first page to last. A truly astonishing debut and an incredible work of pure suspense.”
      —Steve Cavanagh, #1 bestselling author of the Eddie Flynn series

      Falling redefines the phrase roller-coaster ride. It redefines the term edge-of-your-seat thriller. Falling is that rarest of things, a book that is even better than everyone says it is. T. J. Newman has delivered a stunning debut.”
      —Dervla McTiernan, #1 internationally bestselling author
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    The Forest of Vanishing Stars A Novel Kristin Harmel
    9781982158934 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:July 06, 2021
    $37.00 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 48.26 mm | 1.2 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Gallery Books
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      Parade “Best Books of Summer” pick * Real Simple summer reading pick * SheReads “Best WWII Fiction of Summer 2021” pick

      The New York Times bestselling author of the “heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism” (People) The Book of Lost Names returns with an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis—until a secret from her past threatens everything.

      After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what’s happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest—and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything.

      Inspired by incredible true stories of survival against staggering odds, and suffused with the journey-from-the-wilderness elements that made Where the Crawdads Sing a worldwide phenomenon, The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author whose writing has been hailed as “sweeping and magnificent” (Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author), “immersive and evocative” (Publishers Weekly), and “gripping” (Tampa Bay Times).
      Bio
      Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels including The Forest of Vanishing Stars, The Book of Lost Names, The Room on Rue Amélie, and The Sweetness of Forgetting. She is published in thirty languages and is the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series, Friends and Fiction. She lives in Orlando, Florida.
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      Awards
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      "Fascinating, meticulously researched, and utterly unique."
      "A powerful and compelling masterpiece, a significant story for our present time."
      "With breathtaking natural descriptions, vivid historical details, and a brave heroine worth cheering for who must fulfill a destiny prophesied since birth, this novel is not to be missed!”
      "What a triumph! Not since Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers, have I read such a spellbinding and immersive tale of a people's will to survive."
      "In this always compelling, sometimes harrowing tale, THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS draws readers into a singular story of survival and bravery. Set against the backdrop of Eastern Europe during World War II, the resourceful Yona, forced to become expert in the ways of the forest when a sage, prescient elderly woman takes Yona from her German family, must decide whether she'll rise up to claim the destiny foretold about her when faced with a band of Jewish refugees hiding in her beloved woods. Inspiring and gripping."
      "Unforgettable characters, nail-biting drama and deep emotion that endures long after the final words are forgotten....The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a story that will touch, educate, transform and uplift."
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    Not a Happy Family A Novel Shari Lapena Canada
    9780385695046 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 27, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6.37 x 9.03 x 0.97 in | 1 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:24 Doubleday Canada
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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER

      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

      Another domestic suspense novel from the
      New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know who has sold millions copies of her books worldwide.


      In this family, everyone is keeping secrets—even the dead.



      Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there, and Fred and Sheila Merton certainly are rich. But even all their money can’t protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered after a fraught Easter dinner with their three adult kids. Who, of course, are devastated.



      Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their vindictive father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of the siblings is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did someone snap after that dreadful evening? Or did another person appear later that night with the worst of intentions? That must be what happened. After all, if one of the family were capable of something as gruesome as this, you’d know.



      Wouldn’t you?


      Story Locale: Upstate New York
      Bio
      SHARI LAPENA is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest, which have all been New York Times and Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. Her books have been sold in thirty-five territories around the world. She lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, CA
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        Author Website: ShariLapena.com

        Author Social Media: Facebook.com/ShariLapena; Twitter and Instagram: @ShariLapena
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      Awards
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      A WOMAN & HOME BEST THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR

      “Lapena is a master of manipulation. With her latest page-turning thriller…she is once again at the top of her game…Lapena does what she does best, so much so that trying to put the book down is futile. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop.” —USA Today

      “In this fast-paced, twisted family saga, Shari Lapena keeps you guessing until the very last page.” Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on The Train

      “Another chilling thrill ride…. From those first two pages in [Shari Lapena’s] sixth and latest beyond-brilliant murder mystery, off we go on an exhilarating ride with the family from hell…. Lapena has the clues and red herrings coming so fast you’ll be whipping through the pages, and you won’t even glance at the clock to see how late it’s getting…. All those clichés about being unable to put down a book, for once they’re true…. Lapena just baffles us right to the final page.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      “Another edge-of-the-seat ride that left me breathless.” —Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Suspect

      “Domestic thriller fans rejoice! Shari Lapena is back with another book that will make you question everything you think you know about your partner.” Book Riot
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    For Your Own Good Samantha Downing
    9780593100974 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 20, 2021
    $36.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.3 in | 1.28 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:12 Berkley
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      USA Today bestselling author Samantha Downing is back with her latest sneaky thriller set at a prestigious private school—complete with interfering parents, overeager students, and one teacher who just wants to teach them all a lesson…

      Teddy Crutcher has won Teacher of the Year at the esteemed Belmont Academy, home to the best and brightest.

      He says his wife couldn’t be more proud—though no one has seen her in a while.

      Teddy really can’t be bothered with the death of a school parent that’s looking more and more like murder or with the student digging a little too deep into Teddy’s personal life. His main focus is on pushing these kids to their full academic potential.

      All he wants is for his colleagues—and the endlessly meddlesome parents—to stay out of his way.

      It’s really too bad that sometimes excellence can come at such a high cost.
      Bio
      Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away at her next thrilling novel.

      Author Residence: New Orleans, Louisiana

      Author Hometown: Novato, California
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        Marketing: Pre-publication trade advertising

        Online advertising

        ARC distribution and giveaways

        Pre-publication consumer outreach

        Social media campaign

        Influencer outreach

        Partnership outreach

        Consumer sweepstakes

        Library marketing campaign

        Book club promotions

        Discussion guide available online

        E-mail marketing campaign

        Feature on PRH programs and verticals, including Read It Forward, etc.

        Backlist promotions



        Publicity: Launch event

        Select author appearances

        National radio publicity

        National print publicity

        National podcast interview campaign

        Online publicity campaign

        Blog campaign

        Cover reveal

        Pitch author op-eds and essays



        Author Website: www.samanthadowning.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @Smariedowning, Facebook: @smariedowning, Instagram: @smariedowning
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      SOON TO BE A TELEVISION SERIES ON HBO MAX

      “No one writes a twisted character quite like Samantha Downing.”
      HelloGiggles

      “Once I sat down to read For Your Own Good—a clever, twisty thriller—it was difficult to stop reading. It’s the perfect read to get lost in this summer.“
      Buzzfeed

      “Just finished reading this wonderfully dark, twisty and compelling thriller set in a prestigious private school. I raced through it, desperate to know how it would end.”
      —B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors

      ”Samantha Downing delivers a slick and chilling thriller, leading readers on a dark, sinuous journey through the halls of Belmont Academy—the type of place where you’re never sure who to trust, or who to fear. Suspenseful, surprising, and completely original.“
      Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest

      “Dark, sly and delicious…totally original—and totally compelling.”
      JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

      ”I’m a huge fan of Samantha Downing, who is masterful at creating diabolical characters and deliciously chilling plots. An absolutely terrific book!“
      Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Between Us

      “Samantha Downing is totally the real deal. Wry and dark and witty and clever. I didn’t think she could outdo My Lovely Wife but I think this one tops it.”
      —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

      ”Samantha Downing has achieved something so special in For Your Own Good. A story that is dark as night, sinister as hell, clever, twisting and downright fun.“
      Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

      ”Samantha Downing serves up another cast of deliciously mendacious characters in an exclusive private school setting, where the deadly action drives a brilliantly tense, taut and twisty plot. I may never look at my coffee in the same way again.“
      Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

      ”All the dark fun of Election, but with Downing’s signature, diabolical spin. For Your Own Good is so utterly unputdownable, I look forward to reading it again. I think even the novel’s own trickiest private school teacher, Teddy Crutcher, would have to give it an A+.“
      Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network

      ”With excellent pacing and smooth, well timed movement between the different characters in the story, she keeps the reader fully engaged and fascinated, waiting for the next twist this story will take. Samantha Downing has made For Your Own Good almost impossible to put down!“
      The Nerd Daily

      ”[A] perfect summer read.“
      BookReporter

      ”For thriller fans, Samantha Downing is a household name.“
      SheReads

      “Holy revenge, Batman! This is a delicious page-turner with so many layers of revenge, you won’t soon forget. I absolutely loved watching how this unfolded starting with a jerk teacher at a prep school who thinks it’s his job to punish others into being better… I’m super excited about this one so mark your calendars for July 20th.”
      BookRiot

      “[A] pitch black satirical thriller.”
      PopSugar

      “A slyly plotted page-turner.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Macabre, thrilling, and unputdownable, this novel makes you want to skip ahead to the final page. Tempting as it is, stay the course.”
      Press & Guide

      “This is a devilishly entertaining read.”
      Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

      “[A] sly, smart thriller.”
      StarTribune

      “Downing’s spare prose packs a wallop as she deftly ratchets up the suspense with every hairpin turn of this lean, mean, surprising, and utterly propulsive thriller.”
      Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Insider

      “So dark and twisted, so deliciously evil, it’ll not only make you frantically turn those pages to find out who’s targeting whom, but the wry sense of humor will have you laughing out loud, too. Another phenomenal wild-ride of a read from one of the crime-writing community’s most talented authors. Bet you’ll never look at high-school the same way again.”
      Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of Sister Dear

      “I raced through this, and loved every twist and turn. Brilliant characterisation and ingenious plotting make it an absolute winner.”
      —Jill Mansell, bestselling author of It Started with a Secret

      “An irresistibly dark tale of parents, pupils and poison: the American dream turned suburban nightmare.”
      TM Logan, author of The Vacation
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    A Boring Wife Settles the Score Marie-Renée Lavoie Canada, Arielle Aaronson Canada
    9781487009373 Paperback FICTION / Humorous Publication Date:July 06, 2021
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 11.9 oz | 280 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Arachnide Editions
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      The eagerly anticipated sequel to the critically beloved and bestselling Autopsy of a Boring Wife finds the saucy and ever-appealing Diane, now turning fifty and with the wreckage of her marriage behind her, setting off on a new hilarious journey for romance.

      A Boring Wife Settles the Score marks the return of Diane, the raunchy and entertaining heroine of the prize-winning and bestselling Autopsy of a Boring Wife. Despite the end of her marriage, Diane still has plenty of love to give. Determined not to waste her days — that’s just not her style — she finds a job in a daycare and solace in cocktails with her best friend, Claudine, who convinces Diane her love life is not over. Diane wants romance and sees no reason why she shouldn’t have it, but she soon discovers, in her typically chaotic and hilarious manner, that for a woman approaching her fifties the task is not so simple as it is for a man.

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      MARIE-RENÉE LAVOIE was born in 1974 in Limoilou, near Quebec City. She is the author of four novels, including Mister Roger and Me, which won ICI Radio-Canada’s “Battle of the Books” — the Quebec equivalent of “Canada Reads” — and the Archambault Prize; Autopsy of a Boring Wife, which was a finalist for the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award, a Hoopla Book Club selection, and a CBC Best Books of the Year, and is currently being developed for television; and A Boring Wife Settles the Score. She lives in Limoilou.



      ARIELLE AARONSON left her native New Jersey in 2007 to pursue a diploma in Translation Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She holds an M.A. in Second Language Education from McGill University and has spent the past few years teaching English in the Montreal public school system and creating educational material for second language learners. She previously translated Marie-Renée Lavoie’s Autopsy of a Boring Wife and A Boring Wife Settles the Score for Arachnide.

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    The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives A Novel Kristin Miller
    9781524799526 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 20, 2021
    $23.00 CAD 5.15 x 8 x 0.6 in | 0.45 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Ballantine Books
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      Meet the trophy wives of Presidio Terrace, San Francisco’s most exclusive—and most deadly—neighborhood in this shrewd, darkly compelling novel from Kristin Miller, the New York Times bestselling author of In Her Shadow.

      Mystery writer Brooke Davies is the new wife on the block. Her tech-billionaire husband, Jack, twenty-two years her senior, whisked her to the Bay Area via private jet and purchased a modest mansion on the same day. He demands perfection, and before now, Brooke has had no problem playing the role of a doting housewife. But as she befriends other wives on the street and spends considerable time away from Jack, he worries if he doesn’t control Brooke’s every move, she will reveal the truth behind their “perfect” marriage.

      Erin King, famed news anchor and chair of the community board, is no stranger to maintaining an image—though being married to a plastic surgeon helps. But the skyrocketing success of her career has worn her love life thin, and her professional ambitions have pushed Mason away. Quitting her job is a Hail Mary attempt at keeping him interested, to steer him away from finding a young trophy wife. But is it enough, and is Mason truly the man she thought he was?

      Georgia St. Claire allegedly cashed in on the deaths of her first two husbands, earning her the nickname “Black Widow”—and the stares and whispers of her curious neighbors. Rumored to have murdered both men for their fortunes, she claims to have found true love in her third marriage, yet her mysterious, captivating allure keeps everyone guessing. Then a tragic accident forces the residents of Presidio Terrace to ask: Has Georgia struck again? And what is she really capable of doing to protect her secrets?


      Story Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

      Publication History: Trade Paperback Original
      Bio
      Kristin Miller is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels. After writing dark and gritty versions of “happily ever after” for more than a decade, she turned her hand to psychological suspense, a genre she’s loved since childhood. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children.

      Author Residence: Manteca, California

      Author Hometown: Manteca, California
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        Marketing: Online marketing outreach

        Social media campaign

        Random House e-newsletters and websites

        Social media campaign

        Targeted email marketing



        Publicity: National/local review and feature print attention

        National/local radio attention

        Digital review and feature attention

        Social media campaign

        Targeted blogger outreach

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    The Other Passenger Louise Candlish
    9781982177546 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers Publication Date:July 20, 2021
    $24.99 CAD 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94 mm | 0.97 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster
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      The “queen of the sucker-punch twist” (Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author) and author of Our House weaves a suspenseful thriller about a commuter who becomes a suspect in his friend’s mysterious disappearance. Perfect for fans of the unputdownable page-turners by Christina McDonald and Lisa Jewell.

      It all happens so quickly. One day you’re living the dream, commuting to work by ferry with your charismatic neighbor Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn’t turned up for the boat and his wife, Melia, has reported him missing.

      When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends—ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?

      No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.

      Aren’t you?
      Bio
      Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of fourteen novels. Our House, a #1 bestseller, won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards, was longlisted for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award. It is now in development for a major TV series with Red Planet Pictures, producers of Death in Paradise. Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter. Visit her at LouiseCandlish.com or connect with her on Twitter @Louise_Candlish.
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      Awards
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      “Candlish is the queen of the sucker-punch twist.”
      RUTH WARE, instant #1 bestselling author of One by One
      “Just brilliant; gripping from the first page with an incredible first-person narrative and a sense of place that pulls you through the pages fast enough to make your head spin. Louise Candlish just gets better and better. I love her.”
      LISA JEWELL, bestselling author of Invisible Girl
      “A novel like a roulette wheel at full tilt: smooth, hypnotic, relentless, exciting—and ultimately, just as unpredictable. . . . Psychological suspense at its most elegant and sinister.”
      A.J. FINN, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
      “What a stunner! Equal parts riveting, twisty, and unsettling. I constantly questioned which of these characters I could trust—the answer, to my delight, turned out to be none of them. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”
      STEPHANIE WROBEL, bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold
      “I’m a HUGE fan of Louise Candlish’s writing, but she really knocks it out of the park with this one, with its Hitchcockian atmosphere of mounting dread and almost unbearable suspense, building to its astonishing conclusion. . . . A must-read!”
      LUCY FOLEY, author of The Guest List
      “A smart, twisty thriller that explores how money can warp relationships and destroy lives. A compulsive read that builds to an unimaginable climax. I couldn’t put it down!”
      SHARI LAPENA, author of Someone We Know
      “Combines a tightly constructed, corkscrewing plot, a great sense of pace, and a sly critique of London’s corrosive but necessary obsession with money. Highly recommended.”
      SARAH VAUGHAN, author of Little Disasters
      “A stunning masterwork of style and suspense. . . . One of those novels that grabs us from the start, then keeps us up all night by brilliantly peeling back the layers of the story until we arrive—shockingly—at the truth. I can’t think of another novel in which the characters are so perfectly drawn.”
      JEFFREY DEAVER, author of The Never Game
      “A gripping read with a brilliant first-person narrative. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It’s so good!”
      B.A. PARIS, author of Behind Closed Doors
      “This book stands apart for its expert pacing and plotting, and for its exploration of the complexity of financial disparities in relationships, friendships between generations, and the London housing crisis . . . . Sure to please readers looking for thrillers in the vein of Lisa Jewell and Aimee Molloy; a single-sitting page-turner with character and thematic depth.”
      Library Journal (Starred Review)
      “[An] ingenious psychological thriller . . . Has more bends and turns than the Thames River . . . Dalliances form, alliances abound, and deception is rampant. Candlish’s clever commuter horror offers enough stupefying chills to reward old fans and invite new ones.”
      Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
      “Candlish never lets the tension slacken as deep discussions of income disparity, aging, love, and loss keep readers’ loyalties shifting between characters. . . .The villains in The Other Passenger are never held at arm’s length. We care, even as their ordinary lives turn monstrous.”
      BookPage (Starred Review)
      “Candlish’s writing is precise and vivid . . . The well-constructed plot is lightened with some snarky observational humour and swept along on a delicious undercurrent of schadenfreude. . . . It’s no surprise that this highly readable novel has already been optioned for a movie.”
      Winnipeg Free Press
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    What Strange Paradise A Novel Omar El Akkad Canada
    9780771050305 Hardcover FICTION / Political On Sale Date:July 20, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 5.25 x 7.75 x 0.98 in | 0.68 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 McClelland & Stewart
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      From the widely acclaimed author of American War: a new novel—beautifully written, unrelentingly dramatic, and profoundly moving—that brings the global refugee crisis down to the level of a child’s eyes.


      More bodies have washed up on the shores of a small island. Another over-filled, ill-equipped, dilapidated ship has sunk under the weight of its too many passengers: Syrians, Ethiopians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, all of them desperate to escape untenable lives in their homelands. And only one has made the passage: nine-year-old Amir, a Syrian boy who has the good fortune to fall into the hands not of the officials but of Vanna: a teenage girl, native to the island, who lives inside her own sense of homelessness in a place and among people she has come to disdain. And though she and the boy are complete strangers, though they don’t speak a common language, she determines to do whatever it takes to save him.

      In alternating chapters, we learn the story of the boy’s life and how he came to be on the boat; and we follow the girl and boy as they make their way toward a vision of safety. But as the novel unfurls, we begin to understand that this is not merely the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world, it is the story of our collective moment in this time: of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair—and of the way each of those things can blind us to reality, or guide us to a better one.
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      OMAR EL AKKAD is the author of American War. Born in Cairo, Egypt, he was raised in Doha, Qatar, until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has covered the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantanomo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt, the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri, and many other of the most important events of the last decade. Formerly of the Globe and Mail, he is the recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honourable mentions. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

      Author Residence: Portland, OR
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      Awards
      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2021, Winner
      Reviews
      Winner of the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize

      “[What Strange Paradise] is so gripping a page-turner that its brutal message feels organic and never lecture-ish. Through wisdom imparted by various characters, the reader receives new perspectives; the privileged Western reader in particular is confronted with him-or herself in an uncomfortable way.” —Globe and Mail

      “Extraordinary…. Told from the point of view of two children, on the ground and at sea, the story so astutely unpacks the us-versus-them dynamics of our divided world that it deserves to be an instant classic. I haven’t loved a book this much in a long time.” —New York Times Book Review

      “Riveting…. Nothing I’ve read before has given me such a visceral sense of the grisly predicament confronted by millions of people expelled from their homes by conflict and climate change. Though What Strange Paradise celebrates a few radical acts of compassion, it does so only by placing those moments of moral courage against a vast ocean of cruelty.” Washington Post

      “El Akkad’s biggest accomplishment with What Strange Paradise is that it manages to push past political talking points and shocking statistics to rehumanize the discussion about migration on a global scale, and it does so with enough heart to be memorable.” — NPR

      What Strange Paradise is by turns tender and brutal in its truths. It is tremendously written, propulsive as it is expansive as it is granular in its specificities. Omar El Akkad writes with such emotional precision, power, and grace. Here we get the wondrousness of children set in sharp relief against a backdrop of the all too common dehumanization then dismissal of refugees everywhere. The book devastates and uplifts, somehow, and we are not left with hope—that isn’t the point—but asked to witness, to see what is here, with clarity, and with fullness of heart.”
      —Tommy Orange, author of There There

      What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad just resuscitated my heart. This novel—following a boy who survives a refugee passage, and a girl whose homeland feels fractured—dares to unite us on the shore of shared human experience, and redefines hope in the face of despair. I want to read this book every single day. I want to live in a world where the beauty of strangers is a heartsong.” 
      —Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Verge

      “It is one thing to put a human face on a migrant crisis and another to do so in so compelling a way that a reader simply cannot put your book down. I read this in one sitting, my heart pounding the whole way—in a strange paradise, you might say. Marvelous.”
      —Gish Jen, author of The Resisters

      “What an imaginative, touching, and necessary novel Omar El Akkad has brought to us. It reminds us of the human stories behind headlines and statistics, and gives us one of the most memorable children characters, whose story adds urgency and poignancy to that ‘awfully big adventure’ stated by Peter Pan.”
      —Yiyun Li, author of Must I Go

      “Impassioned and richly detailed, What Strange Paradise moves like a thriller and punches like a work of art. With this haunting story of refugees, high seas, sharks and Samaritans, Omar El Akkad continues on his impressive exploration of our contemporary world.”
      Aravind Adiga, author of The White Tiger and Amnesty

      “Great literature about migration should rehumanize the discourse surrounding it. What Strange Paradise does a fantastic job of that. Touching, gritty, and told in a unique voice that places childhood at the center of the discussion, this is a tender, haunting work about refugees everyone should read.”
      —NPR, “July Book-Ahead: What We’re Excited to Read Next Month”

      “Searing, lyrical…A beguiling parable of dispossessed peoples and the burning desire for home.”
      —Oprah Daily, “18 of the Best Books to Pick Up This July”


      “El Akkad…expertly contrasts the well-paced story of Amir’s predicament with the ill-fated voyage that brought him to Greece. The ragtag bunch of strangers on the boat forms an incredibly well-drawn portrait of humanity as everyone bonds together initially, even with dollops of humor thrown in…A suspenseful and heartbreaking painting of the refugee crisis as experienced by two children caught in the crosshairs.” Booklist, starred

      “El Akkad’s compelling, poetic prose captures the precarity and desperation of people pushed to the brink…A compassionate snapshot of one Syrian refugee’s struggle to plot a course for home.” Kirkus Reviews

      “…What Strange Paradise succeeds at what one senses might be El Akkad’s goal — to deepen our engagement with the world around us and with others’ stories.” Toronto Star

      “This extraordinary book carries a message, not of a trite and clichéd hope, but of a greater universal humanism, the terrifying idea that, ultimately, there are no special distinctions among us, that in fact we are all very much in the same boat.” – New York Times

      “Indeed, [What Strange Paradise] is simple in the way that novels like The Stranger or Of Mice and Men are: brief, taut, coolly delivered but with seas of emotion swirling beneath.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “El Akkad may have written a bleak fantasy story, but it’s deeply rooted in the visceral, real-life horrors of the ongoing refugee crisis and it’s hard to think of more capable and talented hands to tackle the brutality and humanity of Amir’s plight.” — Interview
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    A Passage North A Novel Anuk Arudpragasam
    9780593230701 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:July 13, 2021
    $36.00 CAD 5.75 x 8.53 x 1.03 in | 0.93 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Hogarth
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      SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • A young man journeys into Sri Lanka’s war-torn north in this searing novel of longing, loss, and the legacy of war from the author of The Story of a Brief Marriage.

      NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR


      A Passage North begins with a message from out of the blue: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother’s caretaker, Rani, has died under unexpected circumstances—found at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an impassioned yet aloof activist Krishnan fell in love with years before while living in Delhi, stirring old memories and desires from a world he left behind. 



      As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for Rani’s funeral, so begins an astonishing passage into the innermost reaches of a country. At once a powerful meditation on absence and longing, as well as an unsparing account of the legacy of Sri Lanka’s thirty-year civil war, this procession to a pyre “at the end of the earth” lays bare the imprints of an island’s past, the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek.



      Written with precision and grace, Anuk Arudpragasam’s masterful new novel is an attempt to come to terms with life in the wake of devastation, and a poignant memorial for those lost and those still alive.


      Story Locale: Sri Lanka
      Bio
      Anuk Arudpragasam was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He studied philosophy in the United States, receiving a doctorate at Columbia University. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, was translated into seven languages, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He currently divides his time between India and Sri Lanka. 

      Author Residence: Delhi, India

      Author Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka
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        Author Website: www.anukarud.com

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      Awards
      Booker Prize 2021, Short-listed
      Reviews
      “In sentences of unusual beauty and clarity, Arudpragasam observes even the most mundane of actions . . . with an attention so absolute it feels devotional. He is equally gifted at atmospheric, sensory description that transports the reader to Sri Lanka and India and at examining the emotions—elation, fear, impatience, satisfaction, shame—that simmer below the surface of our everyday lives.”—The New York Times Book Review

      “It can take just two novels to establish a writer as one of the most individual minds of their generation. With his new novel, a revelatory exploration of the aftermath of war, Arudpragasam cements his reputation. [An] extraordinary and often illuminating novel.”Financial Times

      “A tender elegy . . . [a] wholehearted and necessary act of preservation by its author.”—NPR

      “[A] profound meditation on suffering . . . survivor’s guilt and war’s aftermath. In dense, hypnotic prose, Arudpragasam explores the desire for independence that enflamed the decades-long civil war, the violence that ensued and the emotional scars that refuse to heal.”The Guardian

      “Sumptuous . . . reminiscent of Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost.”Oprah Daily

      “Mesmerizing, political, intimate, unafraid—this is a superb novel, a novel that pays such close, intelligent attention to the world we all live in.”—Sunjeev Sahota, author of The Year of the Runaways

      “Written with scrupulous attention to nuance and detail, A Passage North captures the rich interior of its protagonist's mind but also contemporary Sri Lanka itself, war-scarred, traumatized. At its center is an exquisite form of noticing, a way of rendering consciousness and handling time that connects Arudpragasam to the great novelists of the past.”—Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary

      “Anuk Arudpragasam’s first book already showed what a fine novelist he was and this second novel provides proof, if any were needed, that he is a major writer, vastly accomplished.”—Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana

      “It’s difficult to think of comparisons for Arudpragasam’s work among current English-language writers; one senses, reading his two extraordinary novels, a new mastery coming into being.”—Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You

      “This is a novel as both an elegy and a love song, not only for a place, but for the souls, living and dead, who are bound to that place—what an unforgettable and perfect reading experience.”—Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hunters and Run Me to Earth

      “A luminously intelligent, psychologically intricate novel.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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