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    The Strangers Katherena Vermette Canada
    9780735239616 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:September 28, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.2 x 1.2 in | 1.19 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Hamish Hamilton
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      From the bestselling author of The Break comes a staggering intergenerational saga that explores how connected we are, even when we’re no longer together—even when we’re forced apart.

      Cedar has nearly forgotten what her family looks like. Phoenix has nearly forgotten what freedom feels like. And Elsie has nearly given up hope. Nearly.

      After time spent in foster homes, Cedar goes to live with her estranged father. Although she grapples with the pain of being separated from her mother, Elsie, and sister, Phoenix, she’s hoping for a new chapter in her life, only to find herself once again in a strange house surrounded by strangers. From a youth detention centre, Phoenix gives birth to a baby she’ll never get to raise and tries to forgive herself for all the harm she’s caused (while wondering if she even should). Elsie, struggling with addiction and determined to turn her life around, is buoyed by the idea of being reunited with her daughters and strives to be someone they can depend on, unlike her own distant mother. These are the Strangers, each haunted in her own way. Between flickering moments of warmth and support, the women diverge and reconnect, fighting to survive in a fractured system that pretends to offer success but expects them to fail. Facing the distinct blade of racism from those they trusted most, they urge one another to move through the darkness, all the while wondering if they’ll ever emerge safely on the other side. 

      A breathtaking companion to her bestselling debut The Break, Vermette’s The Strangers brings readers into the dynamic world of the Stranger family, the strength of their bond, the shared pain in their past, and the light that beckons from the horizon. This is a searing exploration of race, class, inherited trauma, and matrilineal bonds that—despite everything—refuse to be broken.
      KATHERENA VERMETTE (she/her) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and has worked in poetry, novels, children’s literature, and film. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, her father’s roots run deep in St. Boniface, St. Norbert, and beyond. Her mother’s side is Mennonite from the Altona and Rosenfeld area (Treaty 1). Vermette received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs. Her first novel, The Break, won several awards including the Amazon First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her second novel, The Strangers, won the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named Indigo’s 2021 Book of the Year. She lives with her family in a cranky old house within skipping distance of the temperamental Red River.

      Author Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2021, Winner
      Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award 2022, Short-listed
      Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction 2022, Short-listed
      McNally Robinson Book of the Year 2022, Short-listed
      Scotiabank Giller Prize 2021, Long-listed

      One of:
      Quill & Quire's "2021 Best of Fall guide"
      CBC's "65 Canadian Works of Fiction to Watch Out for in Fall 2021"
      Chatelaine's "5 New Books to Read This Fall"
      Toronto Star's "35 Books you need to know about in fall 2021"
      CBC's "The most exciting Canadian books coming out in Fall 2021"
      Shedoesthecity's "Fall Releases That Should Be On Your Radar"

      CBC's "33 Canadian books coming out in September we can't wait to read"
      NOW Magazine’s “15 best new books to read this fall”
      Elle’s “10 Books You’ll Want to Read This Fall”

      Praise for The Strangers:

      “Reminiscent of the hard-scrabble tales of the Métis in the Road Allowance days, Vermette offers up a beautiful, raw testament to those living on the margins. Brilliantly weaving the lives of the Strangers into stories within stories within stories, Vermette’s confident, understated prose walks the reader through the unforgiving reality of the descendants of those who stood with Riel and Dumont, grasping for survival in a world committed to a long-established campaign of dispossession. Cathartic and disturbing, The Strangers offers vital insight into the colonial brutality that still haunts the lives of the Métis.”
      —2021 Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Rebecca Fisseha, Michelle Good, and Steven Price)

      “Katherena Vermette’s The Strangers is a deeply moving story of how colonial institutions continue to bear down on and disrupt the lives of Indigenous women and girls. It is a powerful collective portrait of struggle and resistance, of what it’s like to be in an Indigenous body in twenty-first century Canada. In the end, it adds up to an engrossingly written ode to another kind of care, one against the grain of suffering. A brilliant follow-up!”
      —Billy-Ray Belcourt, bestselling author of A History of My Brief Body

      The Strangers is a unique and essential triumph of a novel. It is revelatory in its artistry—in its constellating of family against violent separation, in its austere poetics of voice and consciousness. Katherena Vermette has proven once again that she is among the most gifted and relevant writers of our time: someone with everything to teach us about the telling of necessary stories, about grieving the fallen, honouring survival, and revealing the fiercest beauty.”
      —David Chariandy, award-winning author of Brother and I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

      “With its relevant subject matter and poignant prose, Vermette’s second novel is poised to be as triumphant as her first. [In The Strangers], the author crafts another strong, emotional portrait of Indigenous women.”
      Canadian Living

      “Filled with vulnerability and loss. . . . It’s an honest confrontation of Indigenous identity.”

      “Vermette has a way of seeing light through the crack in the wall of a dark room.”
      —NOW Magazine

      “A searing indictment of the pressures and travails placed on Indigenous women.”
      Toronto Star

      “Quite simply, Vermette. . . . [is] writing for Indigenous people, as opposed to just about Indigenous people.”

      The Strangers is a devastatingly beautiful dive deeper into. . . . [Phoenix’s] story, and that of her family.”
      —Quill & Quire (starred review)

      “This Writer’s Trust Prize-winning. . . . piece is a potent, audacious intergenerational saga that explores race, class, inherited trauma and the strength of matrilineal bonds.”
      —The Globe and Mail

      “Vermette has an uncanny ear for the rhythm and the cadences of all her characters’ voices. . . . [F]rom its opening pages, The Strangers. . . . speaks, starkly and eloquently, as if directly to the community of readers it creates.”
      Winnipeg Free Press

      “The story moves back and forward in time, solidifying the branches of a family tree that has grown from both mythology and a harsh realpolitik, growing stronger all the while. This is a fictional family to believe in.”

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    9781984806758 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:May 11, 2021
    $22.00 CAD 5.48 x 8.23 x 0.99 in | 0.75 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
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      Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by NewsweekOprah MagazineMarie Claire Parade PopSugar ∙ BookPage BookBub ∙ Betches ∙ SheReads ∙ Good Housekeeping BuzzFeed ∙ and more!

      Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

      From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

      Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

      Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

      Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

      Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
      Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read. She studied creative writing at Hope College, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @emilyhenrywrites.

      Author Residence: Cincinnati, OH
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        Marketing: Pre-publication trade advertising

        Extensive online advertising

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        Social media campaign

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        Discussion guide available online

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        Author Social Media: Instagram.com/emilyhenrywrites/
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      “What Henry is especially skilled at is writing dialogue. The banter between Poppy and Alex is so natural, quick and witty that it would make Shonda Rhimes do a slow clap.”
      The Associated Press

      “Beach Read fans, assemble. Emily Henry is back with another smart, steamy romance….Warning: you will feel all the feels. And probably shed a few tears.”
      The Skimm

      “The strength of People We Meet on Vacation [is] the clever observations, the dialogue (which is laugh-out-loud funny) and, most particularly, the characters. Funny and fumbling and lovable, they’re most decidedly worth the trip."
      The Wall Street Journal

      “A delightful love story full of hilarious one-liners and winking asides, making it the perfect poolside companion.”
      Real Simple

      “Emily Henry is my newest automatic-buy author, and People We Meet on Vacation is the perfect getaway: a heartfelt, funny, tender escape that you wish could last forever.”
      Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways

      People We Meet on Vacation is a gorgeous slow-burn romance, full of sexual tension and tantalizing possibility. I fell head over heels for Alex and Poppy, and loved travelling all over the world with them both.”
      Beth O'Leary, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare

      “This is a perfect rom com, and I completely adored it. I think Emily Henry might be our generation's answer to Nora Ephron. A witty, warm page turner.”
      Sophie Cousens, New York Times bestselling author of GMA book club pick This Time Next Year

      “Emily Henry is a STAR! Deeply emotional and starkly funny, People We Meet on Vacation cements Emily Henry as the Queen of Banter. Rom-com fans will swoon over this slow burn friends-to-lovers romance. Poppy and Alex are real and flawed and ultra-lovable, and their Summer Trips will scratch an itch for those of us who’ve missed traveling. A perfect summer read!”
      Alexis Daria, bestselling author of You Had Me at Hola

      “A compulsively readable book full of sparkling wit, dazzling prose and a romance that grabbed me by the heart and wouldn't let me go.”
      Abby Jimenez, USA Today bestselling author of Life’s Too Short

      “An absolute delight: swoony, legitimately moving, and packed with witty banter that makes Alex and Poppy jump off the page. We are already waiting impatiently for whatever Emily writes next.”
      Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, USA Today bestselling authors of The Royal We and The Heir Affair

      “Henry’s biggest strength is in the sparkling, often laugh-out-loud-funny dialogue, particularly the banter-filled conversations between Poppy and Alex. The end result is a story that pays homage to classic romantic comedies while having a point of view all its own. A warm and winning When Harry Met Sally update that hits all the perfect notes.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “Henry’s skills with sensory detail and lovable characters shine through. This is a strong choice for readers looking for a vicarious summer vacation of their own.”
      Publishers Weekly
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    The Holiday Swap Maggie Knox Canada
    9780735241152 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date:October 05, 2021
    $19.95 CAD 5.49 x 8.25 x 0.74 in | 0.63 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      A feel-good, holiday-themed romantic comedy about identical twins who switch lives in the days leading up to Christmas—perfect for fans of Josie Silver’s One Day in December and Karen Swan’s Together by Christmas.

      When chef Charlie Goodwin gets hit on the head on the L.A. set of her reality baking show, she loses a lot more than consciousness; she also loses her ability to taste and smell—both critical to her success as show judge. Meanwhile, Charlie’s identical twin, Cass, is frantically trying to hold her own life together back in their quaint hometown while running the family’s bustling bakery and dealing with her ex, who won’t get the memo that they’re over.

      With only days until Christmas, a desperate Charlie asks Cass to do something they haven’t done since they were kids: switch places. Looking for her own escape from reality, Cass agrees. But temporarily trading lives proves more complicated than they imagined, especially when rugged firefighter Jake Greenman and gorgeous physician’s assistant Miguel Rodriguez are thrown into the mix. Will the twins’ identity swap be a recipe for disaster, or does it have all the right ingredients for getting their lives back on track?

      Story Locale: Los Angeles and Starlight Peak (fictional town in California)

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      Maggie Knox is the pen name for bestselling Canadian writing duo Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley. Brown is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author of five novels, including the #1 national bestseller Recipe for a Perfect Wife, as well as the non-fiction bestseller The 4% Fix: How one hour can change your life. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Self, Redbook, Today’s Parent, and Chatelaine. She lives just outside Toronto with her family and a labradoodle named Fred. Stapley is a former magazine editor and New York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club Pick Lucky, as well as international bestsellers Mating for Life, Things to Do When It’s Raining, and The Last Resort. Many of her novels have been optioned for television and her journalism has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Elle, Today’s Parent, and Reader’s Digest. She lives in Toronto with her family and a pre­cocious black cat named Oscar. The Holiday Swap was their first novel writing together as Maggie Knox and is a Canadian bestseller.

      Author Residence: Toronto
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      One of:
      The Globe and Mail's "14 books from 2021 that will bring comfort and joy to your holiday reading"
      CBC's "13 books for the romantic comedy lover on your holiday shopping list"

      CBC's "24 funny books for your holiday shopping list”
      Toronto Star's "25 books for the readers on your holiday list"
      Elle’s "10 Books You’ll Want to Read This Fall”
      Loan Stars' "Best of the Brightest 2021"
      Yahoo’s "15 Books Guaranteed to Get You in the Holiday Spirit"
      Yahoo’s “Festive Books That Are Like Hallmark Movies on Paper”
      Paste Magazine’s “10 Best Holiday Rom-Com Books”

      “An utterly adorable, pitch-perfect romance with just the right amount of Christmas cheer. The Holiday Swap is a pure delight, I couldn’t stop from smiling.”
      —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

      “I love this book! It is deliciously fun and wildly romantic, and the dual settings of a baking show set in LA and a family-run bakery in a small snowy town feels like Great British Bakeoff meets Gilmore Girls.… I wanted to befriend the twins, throttle the villains, fall in love with the heroes—and bake up some sourdough.”
      —Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of The Gown

      “It’s double the treats and double the trouble as twins swap holidays and dramas in this delightful yuletide romance from Knox…There’s both tenderness and comedy as the sisters rediscover their priorities and sibling bond while hilariously struggling to draw the line between their roles and reality. This light romantic romp is delicious fun, perfect for rom-com fans in need of some Christmas cheer.”
      Publishers Weekly

      "[T]his is smart women’s fiction with an unabashedly festive theme. A book to curl up with during the holidays."
      —Toronto Star

      “I devoured this delightful romantic comedy in two nights. It's like Gilmore Girls meets The Parent Trap meets Cake Wars. In other words, it's perfect.”
      —Colleen Oakley, USA Today bestselling author of You Were There Too

      The Holiday Swap dishes up a double dose of fun-loving, feel-good, Christmas cheer, with a recipe for love that’s deliciously irresistible.”
      —Karen Schaler, author of Finding Christmas

      The Holiday Swap is the cozy holiday rom-com you crave, complete with double the swoony meet-cutes, scrumptious desserts, and happily-ever-afters. With small-town gossip and reality-TV drama, Maggie Knox serves up a treat that will have foodie fiction fans begging for seconds.”
      —Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

      “This debut from Maggie Knox about twins who swap places for 12 days at Christmas is twice the fun, double the trouble and all the feels. Warm cozy bakeries, cold snowy nights, holiday traditions and two-TWO!-romances to steal my heart—what’s not to love? The smart, quick-paced writing, witty dialogue and swoon-worthy date scenes had me up all night, turning the pages to see what would happen next. I absolutely adored this book—and I can’t wait for more rom-coms from Maggie Knox!”
      —Chantel Guertin, bestselling author of Instamom

      “The cheery romcom has a premise worthy of a Netflix movie.”

      “Every bit as warm and cozy as a Hallmark Christmas movie."

      “Fun and quick-witted. . . . Knox assembles a memorable cast and whips up inventive switched-lives scenarios filled with a host of mishaps that double the fun. Delightfully romantic plot twists further sweeten this lighthearted, feel-good story--with a message--that is sure to make rom-com readers hunger for whatever Knox decides to dish up next.”
      —Shelf Awareness

      "This is just what I was looking for: a light but sophisticated romance, a much-needed escape. When a baking reality show co-host competing for a promotion and her also-culinary-minded twin swap places, hilarious (and more serious) events transpire."
      Deborah Leiderman, The New York Times

      “Perfect for readers who grew up watching The Parent Trap.”
      Paste Magazine
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    The Push Ashley Audrain Canada
    9780735239890 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:January 05, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6.03 x 8.97 x 0.86 in | 0.84 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      *SHORTLISTED for the 2022 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize*

      A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family, and about a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for, and everything she feared.

      Blythe Connor is determined to be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby, Violet, that she never had.

      But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe doesn’t find the connection with her daughter she expected. She’s convinced something is wrong with Violet—she is distant, rejects affection, and becomes increasingly disruptive at preschool.

      Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. Fox doesn’t see what she sees; he sees a wife who is struggling to cope with the day-to-day challenges of being amother. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

      Then, their son, Sam, is born—and with him, Blythe has the natural maternal connection she’d always dreamed of. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fallout forces Blythe to face the truth.

      The Push is a rare and extraordinary gift to readers: an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, about what really happens behind the closed doors of even the most perfect-looking families and about what it feels like when women are not believed.

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      ASHLEY AUDRAIN’s debut novel, The Push, was a New York Times, Sunday Times (UK), and #1 international bestseller, and a Good Morning America Book Club pick. It has sold in more than forty territories, and a limited television series is currently in development. Audrain previously worked as the publicity director of Penguin Books Canada, and prior to that she worked in public relations. She lives in Toronto, where she and her partner are raising their two young children. The Whispers is her second novel.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Canada
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        Influencer outreach and paid promotions

        Audio and podcast promotions

        Key focus for Penguin Canada/corporate channels

        Publicity: Author tour to Toronto and other TBC markets

        Extensive print campaign (reviews, round-ups, interviews) focusing on outlets like Chatelaine, ELLE Canada, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Postmedia

        Leverage title’s anticipation for key feature opportunities with author

        Target key broadcast exposure with outlets including CTV’s The Social, CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show, and Cityline

        National review mailing

        Author Social Media: @audrain
    • Awards & Reviews

      Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2022, Short-listed
      The Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence - Best Crime Novel 2022, Winner

      *SHORTLISTED for the 2022 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize*

      One of:
      CBC’s “Five Canadian books we can’t wait to read in 2021”
      Marie Claire's “2021 Book Releases to Pre-Order and Thank Yourself Later”
      CrimeReads's “Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021”
      LitHub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021”
      Good Morning America's Book Club Picks
      Jamie Lee Curtis’s favourite 2022 reads
      Book Riot’s “12 Great Mysteries and Thrillers About Mother-Child Relationships”

      Praise for The Push:

      “[A] taut, tense thriller . . . [and] chilling debut.”
      The New York Times

      “[A] stunning, compelling read. . . . Written with an unflinching eye and a stylistically sharp, tight economy The Push is a single-sitting read, as suspenseful as any thriller, as thoughtful as any literary novel, with an almost physical force behind each of its turns and revelations. By the end, the reader will feel wrung out in the way only the best of books leaves you. Audrain’s debut is a stunning, devastating novel and, frankly, one hell of a way to start a year of reading.”
      Toronto Star

      “Audrain cleverly examines and exploits women’s near-universal anxiety that they won’t measure up to some internalized standard of maternal perfection dictated by society. . . But what makes it stand out from the rest is Audrain’s nuanced understanding of how women’s voices are discounted, how a thousand little slights can curdle a solid marriage and—in defiance of maternal taboos—how mothers really feel, sometimes, toward difficult children. . . . The Push [is] more than a novel of suspense, the sum of its parts speaking to the burdens we all carry, whether we are mothers or simply children of women who did the best they could, however far their best efforts may have fallen short.”
      Los Angeles Times

      “Utterly addictive.”
      —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

      “Starkly original and compulsively readable, Ashley Audrain's The Push is a deep dive into the darkest nooks and crannies of motherhood. Raw, visceral, and often disturbing, this is an intense psychological drama that will be embraced by serious book clubs and fans of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk about Kevin.”
      —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

      The Push was a poetic, propulsive read that set my nerves jangling in both horror and recognition. I read it in one sitting and it stayed with me for days afterwards. Not to be missed.”
      —Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone

      “With its riveting prose and deep convictions, Ashley Audrain’s The Push had me in its clutches from the first page. Audrain’s astute portrayal of motherhood was unsettling in its insights, yet highly entertaining on the page. Complex, nuanced, and unflinching, I inhaled this debut in one sitting.”
      —Karma Brown, bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

      “Intensely absorbing, gripping until the final page, The Push excavates the myths of motherhood, deftly exploring the shape-shifting landscape of parenting, the powerful impact of the past on the present, and the deep unease of our inability to ever fully know even those we hold the closest.”
      —Kim Edwards, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

      “The Push is written on the edge of a knife. It’s a howl in the face of what we think we know—or want to believe—about motherhood. Relentlessly compelling, distressing and beautiful, Ashley Audrain’s debut is the next Gone Girl, with shades of We Need to Talk About Kevin. I devoured it whole.”
      —Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of The Last Resort

      “Stayed up too late finishing [Audrain’s] deeply unsettling The Push about the darkest reaches of motherhood (and profound maternal ambivalence). Visceral, provocative, compulsive, and with the most graphic and relatable description of childbirth I've read (or written).”
      —Sarah Vaughan, bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal

      Ashley Audrain's The Push is not only a propulsively entertaining, read-in-one-sitting novel, it is also a deeply provocative and fearless look at motherhood written in some of the prettiest prose you’ll read all year.”
      Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

      “Written with a courage that borders on audacity, and with uncanny emotional and psychological precision, Ashley Audrain’s The Push is a taut, tour-de-force literary thriller that draws you in from the very first pages and plunges you into the most harrowing of journeys: parenthood.”
      Bill Clegg, New York Times bestselling author of Did You Ever Have A Family?

      “A tense and unsettling thriller that's immersive, chilling, and provocative. A book that’s best read in one sitting.”
      —Iain Reid, author of I'm Thinking of Ending Things

      “A meteoric debut. Ashley Audrain’s The Push is a force of nature, an unforgettable arrival that will linger in your heart—shimmer, darken and then haunt you. Every sentence is just so achingly alive. Audrain descends with near pointillistic precision into the gore of motherhood and love. Perhaps if Stephen King had experienced motherhood—the singular exaltation and morbid terror of that state—he might have been able to dream up this book. Wise, monstrous, and tender, The Push operates at a different frequency. It seemed to pulse in my hands. I could not put it down. I could not look away.”
      —Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker and Stunt

      “Compelling, beautifully written and wickedly entertaining. . . . A tremendously thought-provoking read.”
      —Liz Nugent, author of Little Cruelties and Lying in Wait

      “Utterly mesmerising. Ashley Audrain's powerful debut novel explores the challenges of motherhood and the terrifying isolation of being trapped within a sinister truth that no one else believes.”
      —Fiona Valpy, #1 bestselling digital author of The Dressmaker’s Gift

      “A chilling and beautifully written novel that will strike dread into the heart of any new parent. The ending gave me goosebumps.”
      —Mark Edwards, bestselling digital author of The House Guest

      “I cannot recall the last time I read a novel as haunting as The Push. It is challenging, moving and thought provoking in all the best ways.”
      —David Heyman, film producer of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

      “I was completely engrossed in The Push from the very first page. So tense, so all-encompassing! It's a jet-black story of motherhood, inheritance and expectations, and I loved it.”
      —Abigail Dean, author of Girl A

      “A provocative, compulsive novel about modern motherhood.”

      “[A] twisty, harrowing ride to the dark side of motherhood. . . . [The Push] is a sterling addition to the burgeoning canon of bad seed suspense, from an arrestingly original new voice.”
      Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “[T]ense, gripping . . . [The Push] will stay with you long after you finish the last page.”

      “An utterly gripping novel that goes deep into the psychology of motherhood. Audrain begins by placing two facets of motherhood before us: first, that baby girls already have the capacity for motherhood within them—in their ovaries—in utero; and second, that girls and women are told not only that they will be mothers but that they will be good mothers. Female biology gets entangled with a woman's fate, and The Push digs into this mess in a jaw-dropping way.”
      —Martha Sharpe, founder of Flying Books

      “Both an absorbing thriller and an intense, profound look at the heartbreaking ways motherhood can go wrong, [The Push] is sure to provoke discussion.”

      “[A] thrilling debut.”
      —Harper’s Bazaar

      “[The Push is] a grippingly tense page-turner that will challenge what you know about motherhood and tell the story of what happens when no one believes a desperate woman.”

      The Push is a dazzling exercise in both economy of language and vividness of expression… [it] announces Audrain as a sophisticated, compelling writer, perfect for fans of thrillers and intimate family dramas alike.”

      “A gripping debut that explores and manipulates the fears and insecurities of mothers everywhere . . . Well thought out, vividly realised and gripping.”
      Guardian (UK)

      “An inventive twist on the psychological thriller formula . . . Audrain sustains the suspense expertly through assured handling of her unravelling protagonist's voice.”
      Sunday Times (UK)

      “Ashley dares us to find the relatable in the worst we can imagine . . . the knife-edge between relatability and horror keeps the reader hooked.”

      “I was gripped from the first word to the last. I've been wanting a book to take me back to how I felt when I first read We Need to Talk About Kevin. When you close the book but can't function until you know how it ends . . . I really recommend this one.”
      —Dawn O'Porter

      “I was gripped . . . dazzling and gloriously complete.”
      —Daisy Buchanan

      “A compelling, compulsively readable thriller that never lets up and will keep you guessing right to the very last page.”
      Daily Express

      “Powerful and immersive.”
      —Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

      “Audrain is a master of tense writing and manages to capture your senses in a whirlwind of spine-tingling horror. Her ability to tell a story is unparallel and she effortlessly enchants the reader with a gripping tale, which will have you flying through this book in no time.”
      The South African

      The Push is at once a harrowing thriller and a larger examination of the complex relationships between parents and children.”
      Danya Kufafka, bestselling author of Girl in Snow

      “An international bestseller, Ashley has crafted a page-turning psychological drama about a woman whose worst fears come true when she becomes a mother.”
      Literary Hub

      “A chilling story.”

      “This is a breathtakingly honest portrayal of motherhood that sent shivers down my spine. Ashley Audrain writes with such brevity and beauty that I couldn’t put the book down.”
      —Salma El-Wardany, author of These Impossible Things

      “[E]erie to the point where it gives you goosebumps, and it’s basically impossible to stop reading until you get to the very end.”

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    Series: Outlander
    Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone A Novel Diana Gabaldon
    9780385685542 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:November 23, 2021
    $45.00 CAD 6.41 x 9.57 x 2.08 in | 2.84 lb | 928 pages Carton Quantity:8 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series returns with the newest novel in the epic tale.

      The past may seem the safest place to be…. But it is the most dangerous time to be alive….

      Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1743, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

      It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.

      Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s tea-kettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

      Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s—among them disease, starvation, and an impending war—was indeed the safer choice for their family.

      Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own—and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet…on his son’s behalf, and his own.

      Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.

      Story Locale: 1770s American Colonies

      Series Overview: The New York Times bestselling Outlander saga blends rich historical fiction with riveting adventure and a truly epic love story.
      DIANA GABALDON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood; the related Lord John Grey books, Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils and The Scottish Prisoner; a collection of novellas, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall; two works of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion Volumes 1 and 2; and the Outlander graphic novel, The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

      Author Residence: Scottsdale, AZ

      Author Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
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      A Cosmopolitan Best Historical Fiction Novel of 2021

      "Gabaldon is a gifted world-builder, and her attention to the unglamorous details of life in the past, like digging privies, plus authentic portraits of marriage and relationships lift her series above the usual bodice-rippers." The Telegraph

      "One of the many things that Gabaldon does superbly is show how great events aren’t history to those who live through them but simply everyday life. . . . Gabaldon's vast and sweeping account of the Revolutionary War is so intricately plotted and peopled that one is amazed she could conceive and write it in only seven years." —The Washington Post
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    9781250145260 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:August 24, 2021 Print Run:750000
    $36.99 CAD 6.52 x 9.21 x 1.4 in | 640 gr | 448 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Minotaur Books
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      Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
      AARP The Magazine – Recommended Summer Reading
      CNN – A Most Anticipated Book of August
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      Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns to Three Pines in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny's latest spellbinding novel

      You’re a coward.

      Time and again, as the New Year approaches, that charge is leveled against Armand Gamache.

      It starts innocently enough.

      While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request.

      He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university.

      While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers an agenda so repulsive he begs the university to cancel the lecture.

      They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. Before long, Professor Robinson’s views start seeping into conversations. Spreading and infecting. So that truth and fact, reality and delusion are so confused it’s near impossible to tell them apart.

      Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As sides are declared, a madness takes hold.

      Abigail Robinson promises that, if they follow her, ça va bien aller. All will be well. But not, Gamache and his team know, for everyone.

      When a murder is committed it falls to Armand Gamache, his second-in-command Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and their team to investigate the crime as well as this extraordinary popular delusion.

      And the madness of crowds.

      LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.
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        - #1 NYT and Globe and Mail bestselling Canadian author
        - starred review from Publishers Weekly
        - All the Devils Are Here sold over 50k copies in hardcover in Canada
        - 750k print run
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        Raincoast Superlead: from the #1 NYT and Globe and Mail bestselling author; All the Devils Are Here sold over 48k copies in hardcover in Canada

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      Praise for The Madness of Crowds

      “This series has always excelled... This new novel grapples successfully with the moral weight of its narrative… ‘All Will Be Well’ never sounded so menacing.”
      The New York Times Book Review

      "Intelligent and emotionally powerful.”
      Wall Street Journal

      “The best mysteries and thrillers rise to the level of social novels, presenting readers opportunities to confront the difficult issues we face. Penny’s novels have always been driven by this (as well as the love of family and friends). The Madness of Crowds may be one of Penny’s darkest works, but we can still find comfort in the natural beauty of Three Pines and the quirky residents we would love to have as our neighbors.”
      Washington Post

      “Timely and thrilling… faithful readers know that one of Penny’s books is less a single-serving crime tale than a full spread of fiction. The mystery may be the main course, but the side dishes — the food for thought, and the food at the Bistro; the people and their lives and, yes, loves; and certainly the setting itself — combine to create a full banquet for readers, one liberally seasoned with dry humor. The Madness of Crowds is one of the richest and most satisfying banquets yet.”
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch

      “The mystery part of the books is always compelling and provides narrative drive, but Penny’s books are so rich because she provides real food for thought and gives those thoughts emotional grounding… another brilliant entry.”
      Mystery Scene Magazine

      “Louise Penny, who in her seventeenth installment in the beloved Armand Gamache series, has tackled COVID and its consequences head-on. The book describes how everyday life in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines has changed while also exploring the threat of a statistician who is using the pandemic data as ammunition for a eugenics program. Plus one for the Canadians.”

      “Penny’s optimism about the future shines brightly through Gamache’s family and Three Pines, and hopefully will shine into your heart as well.”

      “It’s easily one of the best mystery novels (or novels of any genre) in recent memory.”
      BookPage (Starred Review)

      “Provocative… brilliant… Seamlessly integrating debates about scientific experimentation and morality into a fair-play puzzle, Penny excels at placing her characters in challenging ethical quandaries. This author just goes from strength to strength.”
      Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      “Always a master plotter, Penny brilliantly combines this main story line with a profusion of subplots that bring together multiple interconnected themes, all raising thought-provoking questions about ethics and human relationships in a post-COVID world. Gamache's longtime belief in our common humanity is severely tested here, but, finally, it is that belief and the actions deriving from it that seem to offer the only balm for our lingering bruises.”
      Booklist (Starred Review)

      “This book has layers within layers: good versus evil; our duty to the weak; the nature of power; the fact that good people are not always likable, and likable people are not always good. Highly recommended...”
      Library Journal (Starred Review)

      “With The Madness of Crowds, [Penny] is one of the first crime fiction authors to tackle the pandemic and its aftermath head-on and in doing so becomes almost a literary Oracle at Delphi, mapping out both the rewards and the pitfalls facing society after such an unprecedented and seismic pandemic. In the end, The Madness of Crowds stands as one of the best novels in Louise Penny’s excellent, and now iconic, series.”
      BOLO Books

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    The Man Who Died Twice A Thursday Murder Club Mystery Richard Osman
    9781984880994 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:September 28, 2021
    $37.99 CAD 6.2 x 9.28 x 1.24 in | 1.18 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Pamela Dorman Books
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      The second gripping novel in the New York Times bestselling Thursday Murder Club series, the first of which Kate Atkinson called “A little beacon of pleasure in the midst of the gloom…SUCH FUN!”

      Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Thursday Murder Club—are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village.

      But they are out of luck.

      An unexpected visitor—an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?)—arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he’s seriously on the lam.

      Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them?  And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?  You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club.

      Richard Osman is back with everyone’s favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of The Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first—an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a read.

      Richard Osman is an author, producer, and television presenter. His first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, was a #1 million-copy international bestseller and a New York Times bestseller; The Man Who Died Twice was also a #1 international bestseller and a New York Times bestseller. Critics have already described The Man Who Died Twice as “his second novel,” and his third novel, The Bullet That Missed, is forthcoming. He lives in London with his partner, and Liesl the cat.

      Author Residence: London, UK
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      Praise for The Man Who Died Twice:

      “These septuagenarian sleuths of the Thursday Murder Club don’t miss a beat…”

      “It’s taken a mere two books for Richard Osman to vault into the upper leagues of crime writers… The Man Who Died Twice. . . dives right into joyous fun. Osman’s writing reminds me of Anthony Berkeley’s in its mixing of sparkling humor and resonant emotion. . . No wonder readers, myself included, have surrendered to [the Thursday Murder Club members’] abundant charms.”
      —The New York Times Book Review

      “Think of the Thursday Murder Club itself as a senior version of 'The A-Team'. . . Funny, moving and suspenseful. . . So delicious, even adorable . . A wildly entertaining book.”
      —The Washington Post

      “[Feels] like a reunion with old friends. Clever, witty, and touching, this thriller has it all.”
      Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before She Disappeared

      “A thing of joy. Osman has a natural sense of humor that he's able to translate into both character and dialogue.”
      Kate Atkinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Sky

      “Osman delivers another must read full of humor and heart. I loved it.”
      Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Win

      “This book is SO MUCH FUN! Fiendishly clever and brimming with wit on every page, The Man Who Died Twice is the tonic we all need. Osman just gets better.”
      —Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

      “He’s back and he’s better than ever! By turns moving, hilarious, and brilliantly suspenseful, the novel keeps us flipping pages from start to finish.”
      —Jeffery Deaver, #1 international bestselling author of The Final Twist

      “Osman’s novels are so much more than just brilliantly engineered mysteries... They're also funny, warm, and big-hearted. He can't possibly write them fast enough to suit me. These books are absolute gold.”
      Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman

      “Richard Osman’s action-packed second outing with the Thursday Murder Club overflows with wit, friendship, and derring-do, as the eccentric quartet of British crime solvers joins forces from a countryside retirement village. They tussle with the mafia, investigate murders, and, of course, enjoy teatime.”
      —The Christian Science Monitor

      “The club makes a triumphant return… The Man Who Died Twice, like its series predecessor, is an unalloyed delight, full of sharp writing, sudden surprises, heart, comedy, sorrow and great banter.”
      —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

      “Fun and ingenious … Osman blends humor and pathos while weaving his tangled web of intrigue and deception. This is the perfect book with which to unwind.”
      —Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      “Osman follows The Thursday Murder Club, his supremely entertaining debut, with an even better second installment. . . A clever, funny mystery peopled with captivating characters that enhance the story at every quirky turn.”
      —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “It’s impossible to single out any one feature that makes The Man Who Died Twice such an absolute treat... Richard Osman creates real magic with his characters. They are frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious but also entirely real and three-dimensional...If possible, this sequel is even better than the Osman’s charmer of a debut, The Thursday Murder Club. This series is both a load of fun and an ode to how the power of friendship is important throughout one’s life but especially during the final stretch. Don’t miss it.”
      —BookPage (starred review)

      “[The Man Who Died Twice] captures the spirit of older folks who don't want to be pigeonholed by their age and who capture the charming insouciance of those who've seen a lot. . . the dialogue at a sprightly clip, while the plot itself often gallops. But it is the four very different. . . but utterly endearing members of the club who will leave readers eager for Osman to call the next meeting to order.”

      “Riveting. . . The twisty plot, knotty issues of relationships with life partners, and steadfast loyalty among the sleuths provide depth and poignancy. Those who prefer their mysteries with touches of spycraft, humor, and eccentricity will be well pleased.”
      —Publishers Weekly

      “This slick sequel will leave you buzzing with 'the gentle hum of contentment.'”
      —The Times (London)

      “If you liked The Thursday Murder Club, you’re in for a treat, as this sequel is even better.”
      Good Housekeeping (UK)

      “It’s balm for the soul.”
      Daily Express (London)

      “It’s an unalloyed pleasure to spend time with Osman’s sparkling, well-observed characters who are also wittily perceptive about our foibles and the quirks of modern life.”
      Sunday Express (London)

      “Osman’s characters are beautifully drawn, and the result is a novel that’s pure pleasure to read.”
      The Observer (London)
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    Call Me Indian From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL's First Treaty Indigenous Player Fred Sasakamoose Canada, Bryan Trottier
    9780735240018 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional On Sale Date:May 18, 2021
    $32.00 CAD 6.27 x 9.27 x 1.04 in | 1.05 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      “Fred Sasakamoose played in the NHL before First Nations people had the right to vote in Canada. This page turner will have you cheering for ’Fast Freddy’ as he faces off against huge challenges both on and off the ice—a great gift to every proud hockey fan, Canadian, and Indigenous person.”

      —Wab Kinew, Leader of the Manitoba NDP and author of The Reason You Walk

      Trailblazer. Residential school Survivor. First Treaty Indigenous player in the NHL. All of these descriptions are true—but none of them tell the whole story.

      Fred Sasakamoose, torn from his home at the age of seven, endured the horrors of residential school for a decade before becoming one of 120 players in the most elite hockey league in the world. He has been heralded as the first Indigenous player with Treaty status in the NHL, making his official debut as a 1954 Chicago Black Hawks player on Hockey Night in Canada and teaching Foster Hewitt how to pronounce his name. Sasakamoose played against such legends as Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau, and Maurice Richard. After twelve games, he returned home.

      When people tell Sasakamoose’s story, this is usually where they end it. They say he left the NHL to return to the family and culture that the Canadian government had ripped away from him. That returning to his family and home was more important to him than an NHL career. But there was much more to his decision than that. Understanding Sasakamoose’s choice means acknowledging the dislocation and treatment of generations of Indigenous peoples. It means considering how a man who spent his childhood as a ward of the government would hear those supposedly golden words: “You are Black Hawks property.”

      Sasakamoose’s story was far from over once his NHL days concluded. He continued to play for another decade in leagues around Western Canada. He became a band councillor, served as Chief, and established athletic programs for kids. He paved a way for youth to find solace and meaning in sports for generations to come. Yet, threaded through these impressive accomplishments were periods of heartbreak and unimaginable tragedy—as well moments of passion and great joy.

      This isn’t just a hockey story; Sasakamoose’s groundbreaking memoir sheds piercing light on Canadian history and Indigenous politics, and follows this extraordinary man’s journey to reclaim pride in an identity and a heritage that had previously been used against him.
      AYAHKOKOPAWIWIYIN or FRED SASAKAMOOSE was born in 1933 on what is now called Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. A residential school Survivor, Fred is known as the first Indigenous player with Treaty status to play in the NHL. After retiring from hockey, Fred dedicated his time to activism in order to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples through the power of sport. Sasakamoose is recognized for his achievements by the Assembly of First Nations and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. He has been inducted into four different sports Halls of Fame, served on the NHL Diversity Task Force, and was a board member for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. Sasakamoose became a member of the Order of Canada in 2017. He passed away in 2020.

      MEG MASTERS assisted Fred Sasakamoose in writing his memoir. She is a Toronto-based writer and editor who has worked with many bestselling Canadian authors and has penned eleven books.

      Author Residence: Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, Saskatchewan

      Author Hometown: Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, Saskatchewan
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      One of:
      Indigo's Top Ten Books of 2021
      Indigo's Staff Pick of The Month for Non-Fiction
      Loan Stars’ “10 Most Anticipated Books” for May 2021
      Inside Ottawa Valley’s “5 books about residential schools and the process of truth and reconciliation”

      Praise for Call Me Indian:

      “Fred Sasakamoose played in the NHL before First Nations people had the right to vote in Canada. This page turner will have you cheering for “Fast Freddy” as he faces off against huge challenges both on and off the ice—a great gift to every proud hockey fan, Canadian, and Indigenous person.”
      Wab Kinew, Leader of the Manitoba NDP and author of The Reason You Walk

      "More lasting and impactful than the usual sports memoir."
      Publisher's Weekly

      “Call Me Indian is not only an excellent memoir about the first Indian hockey player with treaty status in the National Hockey League. Just as importantly, it is also the most moving and plain-spoken account to date, from the inside, of the Indigenous experience in the racist white world that constituted much of both the NHL and the Canada of Fred Sasakamoose’s day—which was not so very long ago. . . . The hot heart of this story begins and ends within the wider Indian experience. . . . Sasakamoose’s graphic recollection of every imaginable form of abuse at St. Michael’s will stand for decades to come as one of the most damning indictments of the residential school system.”
      —Winnipeg Free Press

      “Freddy Sasakamoose is the epitome of hard work and perseverance. His story reveals the hardships he faced while overcoming the impossible. He will be an inspiration for generations to come.“
      —Brigette Lacquette, Olympic medalist and first First Nations hockey player to be named to Canada's National Women's Team

      “Fred Sasakamoose is an icon. Any Indigenous hockey player skates in his footsteps. His trailblazing hockey career has been well-documented in recent decades, and now, his riveting life story has been published in his own words. Call Me Indian is a powerfully essential account of Sasakamoose’s journey, from his Cree upbringing on the land to the bright lights of NHL arenas. His voice throughout is candid, heartfelt, and astute, as he reveals the triumphs and tragedies of his life. Sasakamoose’s resilience and dedication to his family, his people, and the game of hockey is nothing short of awesome, despite the brutality he endured at residential school and the racism that followed him on the ice and beyond. Call Me Indian is an inspiring and enlightening saga that’s a must-read for Indigenous communities, hockey fans, and all Canadians.”
      Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon of the Crusted Snow

      “A heart-wrenching story of survival in the face of injustice and tragedy. In his unflinching memoir, Fred Sasakamoose shares his journey from being a residential school Survivor to becoming the NHL’s first Indigenous player—on the arduous road to finding the peace and pride he was long refused. Canada’s pastime and the nation’s darkest sins collide in a beautifully told tale of resilience, passion, and ultimate triumph.”
      —Dan Robson, bestselling author of Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend

      Call Me Indian needs to be in every library and on every school curriculum in Canada. Fred Sasakamoose’s story is gripping and powerfully told—a story of triumph and tragedy, of great success and the perils of excess. There is laughter and tears here aplenty, but also inspiration. Characters as large as Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull are easily matched by the likes of Moosum, Freddy’s grandfather; Father Roussel, the only good to be found in residential school; George Vogan, who always believed in Fred—and Loretta, who loved him, gave him family, and ultimately saved him.”
      —Roy MacGregor, bestselling author of Chief: The Fearless Vision of Billy Diamond and Canadians: Portrait of a Country and its People

      "[A]n essential read for everyone and would make an excellent resource for teachers, professors and other educators. "

      "By reading Sasakamoose’s memoir titled Call Me Indian, released this past month, readers discover his life was about much more than hockey."
      —The Star
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    Malibu Rising A Novel Taylor Jenkins Reid
    9780385692205 Paperback FICTION / Women On Sale Date:June 01, 2021
    $24.95 CAD 6.06 x 9.2 x 0.98 in | 1.03 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Doubleday Canada
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      Malibu 1983. Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of one night, each of their lives will be changed forever in this propulsive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six.

      Malibu is buzzing with anticipation for Nina Riva’s annual party. Everyone wants to be in the company of the famous Rivas: Nina, the surfer and model; her brothers, Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other his renowned photographer; and Kit, the adored baby of the family. As if that picture-perfect family isn’t enough, their father is Mick Riva, the legendary singer.

      By morning, the Riva mansion will have burned to the ground. And no one will know how the fire started. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play and the loves and secret yearnings that shaped this family across generations will all come bubbling to the surface to make for a night no one will ever forget.

      This is a story about family: about what you choose to keep from the people who made you, and what you must leave behind.

      Story Locale: 1980s Malibu, California
      TAYLOR JENKINS REID is the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do and Forever, Interrupted. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter and their dog.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, California

      Author Hometown: Acton, Massachusetts
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      A New York Times Editors' Choice

      Named one of the best books of 2021 by Marie ClaireWashington Post • Amazon • TIMETeen Vogue

      "Celebrity culture takes centre stage [in Malibu Rising] as four famous siblings throw an epic party that ends with the family mansion burned to the ground. Immerse yourself." —Toronto Star

      "Reid's descriptions of Malibu are so evocative that readers will swear they feel the sea breeze on their faces or the grit of the sand between their toes. The Rivas have a believable sibling dynamic, and the family members are complex and delightfully flawed (especially Mick, whose bad decisions reverberate throughout the novel). . . . A compulsively readable story about the bonds between family members and the power of breaking free." —Kirkus Reviews

      "Reid unfurls a fast-paced and addictive story of a group of celebrity siblings in Malibu. Reid's handling of the various arcs is impressive. . . . Page-turning indulgence hits the spot." —Publishers Weekly

      "[Taylor Jenkins] Reid has once again crafted a fast-paced, engaging novel that smoothly transports readers between decades and story lines." —The Washington Post

      "Heart-wrenching and utterly compelling, Malibu Rising is a story about the fierce bonds between four fascinating siblings. The novel immerses us in a glamorous, star-studded world but at its heart it's full of raw human emotion. Its characters felt completely real to me - each one is flawed and messy and impossible not to love." —Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare

      "The term 'beach read' is sometimes looked at askance, but when applied to Taylor Jenkins Reid's new novel [Malibu Rising], it's the ultimate compliment." —Vogue

      "[Malibu Rising] lives up to the expectations. . . . Full of sunshine and surfing, nostalgia and nuanced family dynamics, we're California dreaming of seeing this one adapted into a limited series ASAP." —E!Online

      "Taylor Jenkins Reid is back with yet another tale of the pleasures and pitfalls of celebrity. . . . This is a turbulent but touching story of the sacrifices we make for our family—and how those sacrifices change us.” —Elle

      "It's a must read." —Parade Magazine

      "Propulsive." —Good Housekeeping

      "Jenkins Reid understands group dynamics. . . . [Malibu Rising] concerns a family of famous siblings. On the day of Nina Riva's big annual party in 1983, they follow their usual routines; by that night, their family home will be ablaze. In between, readers absorb the Riva secrets along with the ample sun, sand and saltwater. Although all the characters are vividly defined, model Nina is the book's heart—a woman whose status never eclipses her loyalties." —The Los Angeles Times

      "Simmering with sexual tension, this hugely enjoyable ensemble narrative turns on a raucous party thrown by the messed-up celebrity offspring of a philandering hit singer in Reagan-era California. . . . A glitzy tale with the moreish allure of a 1980s bonkbuster." —Daily Mail

      "Malibu Rising will be the sought-after book of the summer." —Booklist (starred review)

      "There's an impeccable sense of balance in Taylor Jenkins Reid's Malibu Rising, a natural order in which every action meets its equal and opposite reaction. . . . Reid's sense of pacing is sublime as she introduces and dispenses with a revolving door of characters to approximate the chaos of a rager where sloshed A-listers couple up in the closets and waiters pass trays of cocaine. . . . It's not a spoiler to say that this will all end in a blaze." —The Washington Post

      "Wealth, power and dark secrets up the ante of family dysfunction in Taylor Jenkins Reid's intoxicating novel Malibu Rising. Fans of Reid's past work . . . will recognize her penchant for nostalgic glamour and history, elements that bolster this juicy tale of betrayal and intrigue set in Malibu." —TIME

      "If summer could somehow fit into a book, then you'd find it in Malibu Rising." —Oprah Daily

      "Another bona fide hit . . . a decadent family drama. . . . Malibu Rising is packed with plenty of scintillating scandal, but Reid cultivates real empathy for her characters, who form the tender heart that beats at the novel's core and are its greatest achievement. Malibu Rising is a juicy, irresistible book that will sweep readers away."BookPage

      "Pure exhilaration." —The Times (UK)

      "Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a multifaceted perspective on family, love, fame and what it takes to start over. . . . Malibu Rising is a fast-paced story that explores what it takes to be a parent, with all its intricacies. At its core, it is about how you can love someone with all your heart and still mess up horribly. What matters, in the end, is that you commit to loving them, you show up each time and you try to do better." —The Nerd Daily

      "The novel is messy, scandalous, entertaining, and fast-paced, like a reality show on paper." —Apartment Therapy

      "Jenkins Reid has lost none of her touch. . . . The titular setting is a stroke of genius, for decades of brand appropriation have conditioned even hardened cynics to associate Malibu with carefree glamour. . . . Imagine Blue Water High and Selling Sunset had a lovechild, or Jackie Collins rewrote The O.C., then combine these ingredients with warm, propulsive storytelling, and you’ll get an inkling of this family saga's escapist magic. . . . Jenkins Reid sweeps us along on a riptide of emotion and well-paced tension. Malibu Rising is both immersive and relaxing, as every great beach read should be. . . . Malibu Rising is a love song to surf culture and an evocative but not rose-tinted portrait of 1980s hedonism in a much-mythologised city. With its satisfying narrative arc, clear messages and pinup cast, it has (Witherspoon?) screen adaptation written all over it." —The Evening Standard

      "Unapologetically escapist beach-read fiction." —The Sunday Times

      "The perfect, literal, beach read, with the emotional depth of the ocean. I was such a fan of Daisy Jones and this certainly didn't disappoint." —Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?

      "It's a full on escapist delight." —Stylist

      "Sexy, sultry and full of intrigue, it's ideal reading fodder, as long as you have an ice-cold drink by your side." —The Irish News

      "Thank you Taylor Jenkins Reid for the escapism we all need—sex-on-the-beach cocktail (quite literally) of a book." —Pandora Sykes, author of How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?

      "Think Selling Sunset with knobs on as Taylor Jenkins Reid again plunges us into the intoxicating, heat-heavy realm of intrigue of Malibu, this time amidst the world of the filthy rich." —BBC News

      "Set in 1980s California, this hedonistic novel is about one unforgettable night for the Riva family. . . . we already know this is going to be a page-turner." —Hello!

      "[A] punchy and incisive take on fame and its consequences, from the sympathetic characters to the salty surf atmosphere." —Daily Mail
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    Dial A for Aunties Jesse Q. Sutanto
    9780593333037 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:April 27, 2021
    $22.00 CAD 5.37 x 8.21 x 0.84 in | 0.59 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Berkley
    • Marketing Copy

      A hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture, by debut author Jesse Q Sutanto.

      1 (accidental) murder

      2 thousand wedding guests

      3 (maybe) cursed generations

      4 meddling Asian aunties to the rescue!

      When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is accidentally shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working, at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for their family wedding business—“Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!”—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream cake flowers.

      But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

      Story Locale: Southern California
      Jesse Q Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Indonesia, Singapore, and Oxford, and considers all three places her home. She has a Masters from Oxford University, but she has yet to figure out how to say that without sounding obnoxious. Jesse has forty-two first cousins and thirty aunties and uncles, many of whom live just down the road. When she’s not writing, she’s gaming with her husband (mostly FPS), or making a mess in the kitchen with her two daughters.

      Author Residence: Jakarta, Indonesia
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        Author Website: www.jesseqsutanto.com/

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    • Awards & Reviews

      One of PopSugar’s "42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021" and "Best New Books of April 2021"!

      “Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Dial A for Aunties is a hilarious, heartfelt romp of a novel about—what else?—accidental murder and the bond of family. This book had me laughing aloud within its first five pages, and kept me bouncing between anxiety and delight until its very last. Utterly clever, deeply funny, and altogether charming, this book is sure to be one of the best of the year!”—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

      "Sutanto brilliantly infuses comedy and culture into the unpredictable rom-com/murder mystery mashup as Meddy navigates familial duty, possible arrest and a groomzilla. I laughed out loud and you will too.”—USA Today (four-star review)

      "I LOVED it. Whip-smart, original and so funny. I found it impossible to put down and lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud."—Beth O’Leary, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Switch

      "It's a high-wire act of comic timing, misunderstandings, romantic foibles and possibly foiled heists…The glue is Meddeline, endearing, capable and in full thrall to her elders, who are all absolute hoots to keep company with."—The New York Times Book Review

      "If you loved Crazy Rich Asians and all the comedic family drama, you'll definitely get a kick out of this story."—PopSugar

      "Part thriller, part rom-com, Jesse Q. Sutanto's Dial A for Aunties will give you the good laugh we could all use these days."—Marie Claire

      “Comparisons to Crazy Rich Asians are apt, as the author details the wild spending and luxurious lifestyles of the superrich. But this story is filled with mistaken identity, a gaggle of intoxicated groomsmen, five lovably hilarious sisters, and slapstick humor that leans more toward the film Clue. Readers will die for the delightfully absurd hijinks in this dark comedy.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “Wrap a romcom with a crime novel, sprinkle in Weekend At Bernie’s, and you get this deliciously fun, big-hearted book…. If you love romcoms (this is PERFECT for adaptation) do not miss this 2021 gem of a release.”—BookRiot

      Dial A for Aunties is a hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture.”—Library Journal

      “The best parts are Sutanto's portrayal of the bantering, interfering aunties (" 'How could you set Meddy up with such a douchebag?' Fourth Aunt snaps at Ma"), who excel at wreaking havoc. There's plenty of light entertainment here..."—Publishers Weekly

      “Murder is never funny, except when it is. In Sutanto’s rollicking debut, which she describes in a “Dear reader” foreword as “a love letter to my family—a ridiculously large bunch with a long history of immigration,” a fatal accident begets family reconciliation, true love at second sight, and happy beginnings all around.”—Booklist

      “A tightly-plotted, highly comic romp, Dial A for Aunties keeps you guessing till the very last twist. A+!”—Lauren Ho, author of Last Tang Standing

      “This laugh-out-loud tale is part crime novel, part romantic comedy, part immigration story, and full of heart.”—BookBub

      "Dial A for Aunties has redefined what 'page-turner' means to me...If you're in the mood for laugh-out-loud humor, unprecedented mayhem (involving meddlesome family members and over-the-top drama), and delightful twists and turns at every corner, I highly recommend Dial A for Aunties."—Buzzfeed

      “A tantalizing blend of romantic mishaps, quirky relatives, and a behind-the-scenes look at the wedding industry, Dial A for Aunties is proof of a promising new writer.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

      "A delicious and devourable read."—E! Online

      "Dial A for Aunties is a warm, hilarious book that deftly straddles genres to tell a story of romance, murder, and the joys of having a family full of strong women."—PopSugar

      "Meddy Chan didn't mean to kill her terrible blind date. And she definitely didn't mean for the body to end up at the island resort where she and her aunties are working as planners for a billionaire's wedding...the same resort her college boyfriend apparently owns. To say that hilarious hijinks ensue would be an understatement."—Good Housekeeping

      "You know when you just want to read a hilarious, murder mystery, romcom? Well, here it is! Sutanto is serving wedding weirdness, ex exigence and Auntie antics for the win. "—Ms. Magazine

      "A quirky novel that’s as fun as a rom-com and as nail-biting as a murder mystery."—The Tempest

      "If you’re looking for something uplifting with dark humor, spontaneity, and a bit of romance sprinkled in, this may be a good choice for your next read.”—The Young Folks

      "Genuinely hilarious, romantic and sweet, Dial A for Aunties is brilliantly crafted and compulsively fun to read."—BookReporter.com

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