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    9780735245051 Paperback FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:July 12, 2022
    $22.95 CAD 5.48 x 8.24 x 0.94 in | 0.72 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:24 Viking
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      “A sharp, modern, and absolutely delicious take on the marriage plot. Sophie Irwin’s debut is one of the most fun, romantic books I’ve read in a long time. I cannot wait to see what she does next.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising

      A whip-smart historical rom-com debut that follows an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season in hopes of finding a wealthy husband to save her family from ruin. But the last thing she expects is to find love…

      When Kitty Talbot is jilted by her fiancé three months before their wedding, the future looks dark. Without his fortune to pay off her late father’s gambling debts, she and her four sisters face certain ruin.

      But Kitty has never backed down from a challenge, so she leaves the countryside and heads toward the most dangerous battleground in all of Regency England: The London Season. 

      The aim is simplee: find a wealthy bachelor to wed in order save the Talbot family from destitution.

      Kitty is neither accomplished nor all that genteel, but she is utterly single-minded; imbued with her father’s gambling spirit, Kitty knows that risk is just part of the game. What she doesn’t anticipate is Lord Radcliffe, elder brother of the deliciously wealthy Archibald de Lacy. Radcliffe sees Kitty for the fortune-hunter that she really is, and is determined to scotch her plans at all costs…

      A  scintillating mano-a-mano between Kitty and Lord Radcliffe will turn into the romance of the year, one whose brilliant repartee and enticing wit make A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting a pure delight.

      Story Locale: Regency England

      Publication History: Original Trade Paperback
      SOPHIE IRWIN grew up in Dorset, England before moving to London after university and working in publishing. A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting is her debut novel.

      Author Residence: London, UK

      Author Hometown: Dorset, UK
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    • Awards & Reviews

      ALA Alex Award 2023, Winner

      One of Amazon’s “Best romance books of 2022”

      “This book captivated me. What a sassy, witty, delicious tale. Kitty Talbot is a fabulous, fearless heroine and I cheered for her all the way through this brilliant romp.”
      —Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher

      “Plucky, witty and bright…Readers of Jane Austen and fans of Bridgeton will swoon and fan themselves as they devour this fun, frolicking romp.”
      Nita Prose, New York Times bestselling author of The Maid

      Bridgerton fans will devour Sophie Irwin’s delightful Regency debut… A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting is a confection to be savoured!”
      —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

      “Delightful…Full of Austen-esque wit and just enough sizzle.”
      The Globe and Mail

      “A scintillating, swash-buckling debut…terrifically fun.”
      Sunday Times (UK)

      “The diamond of the season, A Lady’s Guide To Fortune-Hunting is a Regency-style romcom with all the classic character tropes, plenty of scandals, and more than a dash of sass. Sophie Irwin’s well-timed debut is the perfect salve for Bridgerton fans on the lookout for a new heroine…. Parodying the high society pecking order with its endless trifling rules, Irwin’s modern take on Austen is pure entertaining escapism.”
      —The Herald (UK)

      Bridgerton fans will love this laugh-out-loud romance.”
      —The Saturday Evening Post

      “[C]harming…. A sweet Regency debut for contemporary fans of classic romance.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

      “Move over, Mr. Darcy! Readers of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and my own novels will adore this hilarious, sparkling debut! Utterly irresistible.”
      Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be A Wallflower

      “I cheered for Kitty as she continually confronts the whole of polite society in her outrageous pursuit of a rich husband….an impressive debut novel.”
      Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author of Someone Perfect

      “Georgette Heyer fans will devour this fun, fast-paced comedy of manners. Kitty is an unapologetically ambitious fortune-hunter and a fabulous heroine, full of tenacity, surprises, and love of family. Our strong, suspicious hero is her perfect match, leading to laugh-out-loud interactions and banter that sparkles. A delightful debut!”
      Erica Ridley, New York Times bestselling author of The Duke Heist

      “I have not read such a satisfying and entertaining book in a very long time. It is beautifully-written, charming, witty, moving and infectiously exuberant. Irwin has a delightfully light touch and an acute eye for snooty early-nineteenth century London society with all its glamour, elegance and ruthless ambition—it reminded me a little of my favourite author, Edith Wharton.”
      —Santa Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret of the Irish Castle

      “A complete joy! Irwin’s fresh take on Regency romance is a timeless masterpiece featuring a whip-smart heroine who shares sizzling chemistry with a reluctant lord, and an ending that I promise will move you to tears. Irresistible.”
      —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace

      A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting is a Regency romance with a bit of 21st-century wisdom. Delightfully well written.”
      —Charmaine Wilkerson, New York Times bestselling author of Black Cake

      “A diamond of the first water! Shades of Heyer with a dash of modern roguishness that belongs to Sophie Irwin. The grand Kitty is a splendid heroine—plucky and resolute—and her story is full of heart and swooningly romantic. In short, I bloody loved it.”
      —Beth Morrey, international bestselling author of The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

      “I absolutely, loved, loved loved, this book. The characters are so fantastically well drawn, the period detail gives the perfect atmosphere. It was like finding a long, lost Georgette Heyer, only better. Stayed with me after, keeping a smile on my face. A triumph.”
      —Susan Lewis, international bestselling author of I Have Something To Tell You

      “A lively, unconventional and unapologetic heroine sets out to ensnare a rich man and save her family from ruin. The man determined to block her ambitions is a handsome, hard-nosed earl. Sparks fly and banter ensues. When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, something’s gotta give — and it won’t be our heroine.  A Regency romp to remember.”
      —Anne Gracie, bestselling author of The Rake’s Daughter

      “A heart-warming story that radiates passion for the Regency era, with a thoroughly modern heroine, navigating Regency romance with wit, style and energy. Sophie Irwin is a formidable Austentacious talent—I can’t rave enough about it.”
      —Janice Hallett, international bestselling author of The Appeal

      “A huge, warm treat of a book. Refreshing, funny and sparklingly smart, with a brilliant heroine in Kitty Talbot and a central battle of wills that I couldn’t get enough of. You won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the debut of the season.”
      —Cressida McLaughlin, bestselling author of The Staycation

      “I was utterly charmed by this enthralling romp set in Regency England. For those who love Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, or Bridgerton…This sumptuous, fast-paced treat is unputdownable, whisking you away to the heady world of gowns, gossip, and gambles.”
      —Jennifer Ryan, bestselling author of The Kitchen Front

      “This was just divine—an utter delight!”
      —Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful

      “A delightful romp—as clever, capricious and charming as the heroine herself….a sparkling debut that reads like a turbo-charged Jane Austen.”
      —Joanna Toye, author of The Shop Girls series
      “This is SO much fun. I’ve already made myself cough by laughing. It’s the most pleasing homage to Georgette Heyer with a thoroughly modern sensibility all of its own. Tremendous stuff.”
      —Harriet Tyce, author of The Lies You Told
      “Funny, fresh and original—with two delicious and loveable central characters—you’ll want to put it straight on your dance card.”
      —Cesca Major, author of Maybe Next Time

      “Like its heroine Kitty, Sophie Irwin’s debut is full of spirit and gumption as it cracks along like a carriage on its way to the ball of the season … enormous fun and a delight to escape into. Just what we all need.”
      —AJ Pearce, international bestselling author of Dear Mrs. Bird
      “Perfectly charming Regency romance with everything you could possibly want: sardonic lords, principled yet desperate heroines, the ton, the season, exquisite fashion, stinging set downs and of course love. Gorgeous.”
      —Jane Casey, author of Let The Dead Speak

      “Irwin’s debut is a delicious historical romcom in the vein of Martha Waters and Bridgerton without the smooching.”

      “Charming…. A sweet Regency debut for contemporary fans of classic romance.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

      “It is clever, funny, wonderfully escapist, and the ending is immensely satisfying.”
      The Bookseller (UK)

      “Hits the sweet spot where modern sense meets historic sensibility…. [It] brings a touch of class back to the Regency romance.”
      —Business Post

      “A fun and biting historical romance that isn’t afraid to put its leading lady first.”

      “This romantic comedy offers some smart fun for a summer’s read.”
      —Toronto Star

      “A glorious dash through the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, with a plucky heroine and a cold villain. Bridgerton fans will love this one.”
      —The Sun (UK)
      “Calling all fans of Bridgerton and Jane Austin, this book is perfect for you…. [A] positively splendid read.”
      —Daily Hive

      “[A] perfect beach read.”
      —The Straits Times
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    9780593296929 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Entheogens & Visionary Substances On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $24.00 CAD 5.46 x 8.44 x 0.73 in | 0.58 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:24 Penguin Books
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      From number one New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan, a radical challenge to how we think about drugs, and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants—and the equally powerful taboos

      Of all the things humans rely on plants for, surely the most curious is our use of them to alter consciousness. Take caffeine: People around the world rely on it to sharpen their minds. But we don’t usually think of caffeine as a drug because its daily use is legal and socially acceptable. So, then, what is a “drug”? And why is making tea from the leaves of a tea plant acceptable, but making tea from an opium poppy a federal crime?

      In This Is Your Mind on Plants, Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs—opium, caffeine, and mescaline—and throws the fundamental strangeness of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring the cultures around these drugs while consuming (or trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness, and then fence that universal desire with laws and customs? 

      In this unique blend of history, science, and memoir, as well as participatory journalism, Pollan shows that when we take these plants into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. Based in part on an essay published almost twenty-five years ago, this groundbreaking and singular consideration of psychoactive plants holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds, and our entanglement with the natural world.
      Michael Pollan is the author of eight books, including How to Change Your Mind, CookedFood RulesIn Defense of FoodThe Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of the audiobook Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Made the Modern World. A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan teaches writing at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. 

      Author Residence: Berkeley, CA
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      “Delightful…[This Is Your Mind On Plants] aims to collapse the distinctions between legal and illegal, medical and recreational, exotic and everyday, by appealing to the principle that unites the three: the affinities between plant biochemistry and the human mind.” —New York Review of Books

      “[A] thoughtful study…As the U.S.’s drug policies become less punitive, [Pollan] argues, we should think more clearly about substances we’ve come to depend on.” —The New Yorker

      “[A] wonderful and compelling read that will leave you thinking long after you set it down…Pollan is an astonishingly good writer, at times intimate and vulnerable, at times curious and expository, always compelling and credible. Reading his writing can be kind of like taking a psychedelic—a literary onomatopoeia.” —Washington Post
      “Pollan is a mindful and enthusiastic psychonaut. He is also a gifted writer, who synthesizes unruly social histories and wreathes them around his own drug-taking experiences. And he articulates these experiences with great insight and eloquence.” —The New Republic 

      “Expert storytelling…[Pollan] masterfully elevates a series of big questions about drugs, plants and humans that are likely to leave readers thinking in new ways.” New York Times Book Review

      “Fascinating…This Is Your Mind On Plants has much to offer its readers, whether they are curious about the plant-based adventures of others or the science of substances at work in their own minds. With historical depth, political punch, and narrative exuberance, Pollan’s book sounds a call to reimagine society’s relationship with psychoactive plants.” Boston Globe

      “Pollan’s insatiable appetite to learn every possible morsel about the subject on which he is writing is a gift that has proved itself with best-seller after best-seller…. Anchored by a refreshing willingness to expose his own blind spots, [This Is Your Mind On Plants] is an engrossing, plant-powered blend of general history, contemporary reporting and potent self-reflection.”—San Francisco Chronicle

      “The author of How to Change Your Mind turns his attention to three consciousness-altering drugs—opium, mescaline and caffeine (yes, it’s a drug)—in this eye-opening exploration.” —People

      “[H]ighly engaging reading…Pollan’s writing always has a personal aspect to it, but in his latest work he takes an even more central role in the narrative, and his book is the better for it.” —The Daily Beast

      “Pollan weaves together three separately engaging stories in a pleasantly meandering style, deftly using his personal experiences with each compound as a jumping-off point for small forays into anthropology, history, politics, psychology, molecular biology, and neuroscience. Even the most distracted reader will come away with an understanding of the physical effects of the spotlighted substances as well as their cultural significance.” Science

      “The omnivorously curious Pollan pivots off his provocative How to Change Your Mind with an enthralling odyssey into a trio of mind-altering drugs found in plants: opium, caffeine, and mescaline. In this wide-ranging, deliciously written study, he asks, why does one power us up each morning while the other two are shrouded in taboo? You’ll never look at a Starbucks Pike’s Peak the same way again.” Oprah Daily

      This Is Your Mind on Plants is an entertaining blend of memoir, history and social commentary that illustrates Pollan’s ability to be both scientific and personal. By relying on contextual history and focusing on three popular, if misunderstood, drugs, Pollan challenges common views on what mind-altering drugs are and what they can accomplish.”  —BookPage (starred​ review)

      “Pollan is a master of breaking down complex science into an engaging story and challenging long-held societal beliefs. His newest offering, which follows his examination of the science of psychedelics in 2018’s How to Change Your Mind, aims to unpack our ideas about what constitutes a ‘drug’ and, fundamentally, why we seek them.” —TIME

      “Building on his lysergically drenched book How to Change Your Mind (2018), Pollan looks at three plant-based drugs and the mental effects they can produce…. A lucid (in the sky with diamonds) look at the hows, whys, and occasional demerits of altering one’s mind.” Kirkus (starred review)
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    Doom The Politics of Catastrophe Niall Ferguson
    9780593297391 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory On Sale Date:July 05, 2022
    $25.00 CAD 5.52 x 8.45 x 1.03 in | 0.92 lb | 512 pages Carton Quantity:24 Penguin Books
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      “All disasters are in some sense man-made.”

      As the world lurches from plague to war, bestselling and award-winning historian Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters

      Disasters are inherently hard to predict, but, when they do strike, we ought to be better prepared than the Romans were when Vesuvius erupted, or medieval Britons when the Black Death struck. We have science on our side, after all.

      Yet the world failed to contain a new plague in 2020 and failed to avoid a war in 2022. Why? While populist leaders certainly performed poorly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Niall Ferguson argues that more profound pathologies were at work—pathologies already visible in our responses to earlier disasters.

      Drawing from multiple disciplines, including economics, cliodynamics, and network science, Doom offers not just a history but a general theory of disasters, showing why our evermore bureaucratic and complex systems are getting worse at handling them. It’s a lesson that this country—indeed, the West as a whole—urgently needs to learn, if we want to handle the next crisis better, and avoid the ultimate doom of irreversible decline.
      Niall Ferguson is one of the world’s most renowned historians. He is the author of sixteen books, including Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Ascent of Money. He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the managing director of Greenmantle LLC. His many prizes include the International Emmy for Best Documentary (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service (2010), and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award (2016).

      Author Residence: Palo Alto, CA
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      “[Doom] hopscotches breezily across continents and centuries while also displaying an impressive command of the latest research in a large number of specialized fields, among them medical history, epidemiology, probability theory, cliodynamics and network theory…. Belongs on the shelf next to recent ambitious and eclectic books by authors like Jared Diamond, Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Steven Pinker…. Promises to make a contribution to improving our management of future disasters…. Insightful, productively provocative and downright brilliant.” —New York Times Book Review

      Doom seeks to understand why humanity, time and again through the ages, has failed to prepare for catastrophes, whether natural or manmade…. Forecasting, network science, economics, epidemiology, together with the psychology of leadership are all considered in a dazzlingly broad examination of the ‘politics of catastrophe’…Magisterial…[an] immensely readable book.” —The Financial Times

      Doom covers an impressive sweep of history at a lively narrative clip and weaves a lot of disparate strands together into an engaging picture.” The Guardian

      “We are all trying to gain perspective on Covid, and Ferguson frames the tragedy in the broadest and most bracing way, drawing on humanity’s experience of all kinds of disaster, from the bubonic plague to the First World War. Sweeping in its narrative and multidisciplinary in its approach, Doom proves you can write an engaging book about a repellent subject.” —Sebastian Mallaby, Financial Times

      “Sparkling, provocative and entertaining…. [Doom] fizzes with ideas and nuggets of information…. [Ferguson] is formidably well read and culturally curious.” —Peter Frankopan, Prospect
      “[Ferguson] tackles big topics, topics of importance, and does so with energy and skill…. [Doom] is well-written, wide-ranging, conceptually interesting, shrewd, and good value…. The deep history is handled with care, and is gripping…. A crucial work that truly deserves wide attention.” The Critic

      Doom is an informative, amusing and thought-provoking read that puts the current pandemic in context, and is full of steadying good sense for these often hysterical times.” South China Morning Post

      Doom is well-researched, well-argued, and all-encompassing. Ferguson uses the depth and breadth of his knowledge to cogently argue for a new understanding of catastrophic events…. Reminiscent of William H. McNeill’s Plagues and Peoples, [Doom] is a much-needed book on an important and pressing subject. Ferguson provides ample support for his arguments, uses an interdisciplinary approach, and offers new insights and revelations. An exemplary and thought-provoking work from a renowned author that will not disappoint.” Library Journal (starred review)

      “[An] intensely researched…always entertaining account…. Captivating.” Kirkus

      “Niall Ferguson puts the Covid pandemic into the broadest of historical perspectives, and reminds us that this was not the first time that humans have had to deal with catastrophic events.  Drawing on a deep knowledge of global history, he catalogs the threats that mankind has faced, and the resourceful ways in which human societies have dealt with them.” —Francis Fukuyama

      “Humans have so many ways to suffer awful collective disasters that one would think we would have developed better ways of responding. In his sweeping, synthetic, engaging book, Doom, master historian Niall Ferguson explains why not and offers a path forward for better, safer, and saner responses the next time we face catastrophe.” —Nicholas A. Christakis
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    The Man Who Died Twice A Thursday Murder Club Mystery Richard Osman
    9781984881014 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:July 26, 2022
    $24.95 CAD 5.42 x 8.16 x 0.81 in | 0.65 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:24 Penguin Books
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      An instant New York Times bestseller in hardcover, this is the second gripping novel in the Thursday Murder Club series, soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment

      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.

      Story Locale: English countryside
      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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    9780735243347 Hardcover FICTION / Romance On Sale Date:July 05, 2022
    $34.95 CAD 6.44 x 9.53 x 1.4 in | 1.6 lb | 416 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      In this exhilarating novel by the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.

      “Utterly brilliant. In this sweeping, gorgeously written novel, Gabrielle Zevin charts the beauty, tenacity, and fragility of human love and creativity. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is one of the best books I’ve ever read.” —John Green

      On a bitter cold day, in the December of his Junior Year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. They borrow money, beg favours, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo: a game where players can escape the confines of a body and the betrayals of a heart, and where death means nothing more than a chance to restart and play again. This is the story of the perfect worlds Sam and Sadie build, the imperfect world they live in, and of everything that comes after success: Money. Fame. Duplicity. Tragedy.

      Spanning over thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, games as artform, technology and the human experience, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.

      Story Locale: Los Angeles, CA; Cambridge, Massachusetts
      GABRIELLE ZEVIN is an internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author whose books have been translated into thirty-eight languages. Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, spent several months on the New York Times bestseller list, was a USA Today bestseller, and has been a bestseller all around the world. She has also written books for children and young adults, including the award-winning Elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: New York, NY
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Wingate Prize 2023, Short-listed
      *Amazon's BEST BOOK OF 2022*
      *Goodreads Choice Fiction Award for Fiction*
      *TIME Magazine's #1 Fiction Book of 2022*
      *Book of the Month’s 2022 BOOK OF THE YEAR*

      One of:
      Indigo's 100 Best Books of 2022
      Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2022
      Harper Bazaar’s “Best, Buzziest New Books of 2022”
      The Globe and Mail’s “Best books of 2022”
      The New York Times’s “100 Notable Books of 2022”
      Glamour’s “40 Best Books of 2022”

      The Atlantic’s “The Books We Read Too Late—And That You Should Read Now”
      Book Riot’s “Best Books We Read July-September 2022”
      Hello Giggles’s “6 Perfect Books to Read If You Want to Escape Reality Right Now”
      The Cut’s “16 Best Gift Ideas Under $50 That Aren’t Boring”
      Goodreads’s “Best fiction novel 2022”
      Oprah Daily’s “Favorite Books of the Year [2022]”
      Slate’s “10 Best Books of 2022”
      BuzzFeed’s “25 Books From 2022 You’ll Love”
      The Hollywood Reporter’s “Best Books of 2022”
      Lit Hub’s “Top 2022 Reads”
      Electric Literature’s “Favorite Novels of 2022”
      The Seattle Times’ “Best Books of 2022”
      Buzzfeed’s “The Absolute Best Books I Devoured This Past Year”
      Buzzfeed News’ “What I Read And Watch To Feel A Meager Shred Of Hope”
      Book Riot’s “Best Books of 2022, According to Reddit”

      “I recently read this book and loved it — it’s the story of a friendship that waxes and wanes and evolves over the years, the kind that seldom gets depicted in fiction. Plus, it’s a love letter to video games, the stories they tell and the way we use art to try to make meaning in our lives.”
      —Celeste Ng, internationally bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

      “My #1 book to recommend. . . .Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow [is] incredible, like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon meets The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. It’s about love and friendship and video games.”
      —Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers

      Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow is the sort of book that comes around once in a decade—a magnificent feat of storytelling. It is a book about the intersection between love and friendship, work and vocation, and the impossible and relentless pull of our own west-bound destinies. Gabrielle Zevin is one of our greatest living novelists, and Tomorrow just may be her magnum opus. Remarkable.”
      —Rebecca Serle, bestselling author of One Italian Summer

      “A beautifully wrought saga of human connection and the creative process, of love and all of its complicated levels. A gem of a novel, intimate yet sweeping, modern yet timeless. Bits of this book lingered in my head the way ghosts of Tetris pieces continue to fall in your mind’s eye after playing.”
      —Erin Morgenstern, bestselling author of The Starless Sea

      “Is there such a thing as the Great American Gamer Novel? Because if not, I believe Gabrielle Zevin just invented it. She has crafted a brilliant story about life’s most challenging puzzles: friendship, family, love, loss. By turns funny, poignant, wistful, and occasionally devastating, this book absolutely owned me—in the very best way.”
      —Nathan Hill, author of The Nix

      “Gabrielle Zevin has written an exquisite love letter to life with all its rose gardens and minefields. With wisdom and vulnerability, she explores the very nature of human connection. This novel, and its unforgettable characters, know no boundaries. To read this book is to laugh, to mourn, to learn, and to grow.”
      —Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

      “You get so invested so fast in Sadie and Sam that this story about the fragility of creativity and love becomes a page-turner you just can’t put down. . . . Riveting.”
      —Michael Connelly, bestselling author

      "Delightful and absorbing. . . . Expansive and entertaining. . . . Literary Gamers will cherish the world she’s lovingly conjured [and] everyone else will wonder what took them so long to recognize in video games the beauty and drama and pain of human creation."
      —The New York Times

      "A tour de force. . . . A moving demonstration of the blended power of fiction and gaming. . . . [Zevin has written a novel that draws any curious reader into the pioneering days of a vast entertainment industry too often scorned by bookworms. And with the depth and sensitivity of a fine fiction writer, she argues for the abiding appeal of the flickering screen."
      The Washington Post

      "Utterly absorbing . . . . [For] Sam and Sadie—and their third best friend, Marx Watanabe—games are a means of connection. Unlike a book, a game isn’t complete until someone else plays it. Over the course of 30 years, Sam, Sadie, and Marx hand each other games, their hearts’ blood. “Understand me,” they tell each other in not so many words. “Play with me. Love me.” . . . What is friendship but time spent together? And what are hobbies but love? . . . Maybe we’d all be better off if we had more ways to say to one another, “Hey, I’d like to spend a lot of time with you.”

      "Engrossing. . . .Though it contains plenty of nostalgia for the pioneer age of 1990s game design, this isn’t primarily a novel of nerdy insider references. . . . Videogames happen to be the medium by which [Zevin's characters] best express themselves and share in each other’s life."
      The Wall Street Journal

      “[A] remarkably absorbing portrait of friendship, identity, and the urge to create something beautiful, whether it be on the page or in pixels. . . . [Zevin] clearly knows her way around an RPG, but it's the analog intimacy of Tomorrow's wise, sensitive storytelling that stays.”
      —Entertainment Weekly

      “Woven throughout [Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow] are meditations on originality, appropriation, the similarities between video games and other forms of art, the liberating possibilities of inhabiting a virtual world, and the ways in which platonic love can be deeper and more rewarding—especially in the context of a creative partnership—than romance.”
      —The New Yorker

      “This is a boy meets girl story that is never a romance – though it is romantic. . . . An artfully balanced novel – charming but never saccharine. The world Zevin has created is textured, expansive and, just like those built by her characters, playful.”
      The Guardian (UK)

      "Two friends, who are often in love, but never lovers, must contend with the fame, joy and tragedy that comes with success. . . . This love story . . . is anything but predictable."
      E! News

      “[An] extraordinary coming-of-age/love story/social novel. . . . The story follows terrific characters from youth into their adult lives as founders of a successful gaming company. Even if you couldn’t care less about video games, Zevin’s signature narrative charms will still keep you riveted.”

      "Enthralling. . . . A sweeping narrative about a male-female relationship that's not romantic, but, rather, grounded on shared passions and fierce arguments. . . . Above all, Zevin's novel explores the thrills and frustration of creative work. . . . A big, beautifully written novel about an underexplored topic, that succeeds in being both serious art and immersive entertainment."

      “[Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow]
      is an engrossing meditation on creativity and love and perhaps the first novel to wrestle with the culture and meaning of this often-misunderstood medium. [It’s] an optimistic treatise on video games as a legitimate creative endeavour. . . .”
      —The Guardian

      "Big-hearted, generous, intelligent, and open to the complexities of life.”

      “[Zevin] returns with an exhilarating epic of friendship, grief, and computer game development. . . . [She] layers the narrative with her characters’ wrenching emotional wounds as their relationships wax and wane. . . . Even more impressive are the visionary and transgressive games. . . . This is a one-of-a-kind achievement.”
      Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “[R]iveting. . . . Zevin has written the book she was born to write, a love letter to every aspect of gaming. . . . [Her] delight in her characters, their qualities, and their projects sprinkles a layer of fairy dust over the whole enterprise. Sure to enchant even those who have never played a video game in their lives, with instant cult status for those who have.”
      Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “[A] brilliant tale of identity, human connection, and yes, love in all of its myriad of forms.”

      "Zevin creates beautifully flawed characters often caught between the real and gaming worlds, which are cleverly juxtaposed to highlight their similarities and differences. Both readers of love stories and gamers will enjoy. Highly recommended."
      Library Journal

      "It’s impossible to predict how, exactly, you’ll fall in love with Gabrielle Zevin’s novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, but it’s an eventuality you can’t escape. . . . Her artistic, inclusive world is filled with characters so genuine and endearing that you may start caring for them as if they were real. Above all, her development of Sam and Sadie’s relationship is pure wizardry; it’s deep and complex, transcending anything we might call a love story. Whether you care about video games or not is beside the point. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is the novel you’ve been waiting to read."

      "I’ve never played a video game in my life, and I was sucked into this book like it was Halo and I was a socially awkward tween in 2001. Really, this isn’t just a book for people who understand life through the pixels, but for people who understand life through stories."

      “[A]n evocative, heart-wrenching, passionate novel about creation and storytelling, collaboration and friendship, failure and grief, and a coming-of-age tale about two best friends. . . . [B]eautifully told and unforgettable.”

      “[A] beautifully-written novel that explores the highs and lows of life through the eyes of two unforgettable characters.”
      The Nerd Daily

      “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow examines the nature of identity, art and redemption through the intense relationship between Sam and Sadie, lapsed childhood friends who reconnect and go on to become superstar video game creators.”

      “[An] enthralling and adventurous novel.”
      Daily Hive

      “[T]here are depths, complexities, and eccentricities that make Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow a particularly memorable and compelling kind of love story. . . . Gabrielle Zevin makes the youthful, online zeitgeist feel accessible. Gaming runs deep through the book, contextualising the themes of possibility and hope. But it’s the nuanced depiction of human connection over 30 years that will have you blinking back tears behind your sunglasses.”
      Culture Whisper

      “This is a modern love story that explores intimacy in digital storytelling when two childhood friends reunite as adults and become successful video game developers.”

      “[A] memorable. . . . funny, unpredictable story of love and video games.”
      The Philadelphia Inquirer

      “Bold and shape-changing. . . . [A] devastating beauty. . . . [and] emotional wallop of a tale.”
      Paste Magazine

      “Zevin brilliantly explores the fragility of love and friendship, identity and disability.”
      San Francisco Bay Times

      “Straddling Shakespeare and gaming together in a novel about the redemptive possibilities of friendship through tragedy seems a mix hard to keep up with, but it’s one Gabrielle Zevin has managed to present as a perfectly realistic depiction of contemporary American life…. It is the imaginary world of a game, a world Zevin describes with the addict’s ardour, which forms a universe even the sturdiest parent or antediluvian book-lover will be enticed into.”
      Big Issue

      Zevin’s latest is a stunning. . . there is a sense of wonder in these pages as Zevin shows how important video games can be in our lives. . . . She pens what felt to me (as a disabled person myself) a compassionate but authentic look at the lived experience of disability. All done with the warmth of a Meg Wolitzer novel. . . . Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow ensures us that there is good in the world and that our childhood sense of wonder is still there.”
      The Free Lance-Star

      “Despite having an engrossing plot, [Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow] reminds you that plot is never really the point of a great novel, and this is a great novel. Zevin has the ability to make you care about her creations within paragraphs of meeting them.”
      —Financial Times

      “Gabrielle Zevin’s novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow refreshed my love for games in a way I didn’t know I needed. The book is buoyant despite the illness and pain that speckles its characters’ lives. . . . This book, with its respect for craft—the craft of love and games, or loving games—will remind you of how abundant one life is, how lucky we are to keep each other in our memories forever.”

      “Gabrielle Zevin has written a modern, definitive story about work, love, and friends for whom you’d do and risk everything.”
      —Harper’s Bazaar

      Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow will sneak up on you unsuspectedly. . . . [It’s] a smart, engaging coming-of-age story of love, friendships, ambition, mixed race, disability, personal growth and the intricacies of the video game world.”

      “I read it in a day and a half, and felt bereft afterward. How could I possibly move on to any other book? In short, it’s about friendship, love, trauma, and video games. As soon as I finished it, all I wanted to do was either immediately reread it or . . . play some really great video games.”
      Lenika Cruz for The Atlantic

      “[Gabrielle Zevin’s] focus on exploring intriguing identities, profound questions surrounding health and chance, and an idiosyncratic writing process have made her a standout voice in the contemporary literary world. [E]mbracing one’s inherent identity is especially apparent in . . . Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow.”
      —The Harvard Crimson

      Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is an irresistibly fresh-faced and unpretentious novel about the glories and agonies of being young, creative, and determined to make a mark on the world.”
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    The Displacements A Novel Bruce Holsinger
    9780593189719 Hardcover FICTION / Family Life On Sale Date:July 05, 2022
    $36.00 CAD 6.25 x 9.3 x 1.39 in | 1.39 lb | 448 pages Carton Quantity:12 Riverhead Books
    • Marketing Copy

      An adrenaline-fueled story of lives upended and transformed by an unprecedented catastrophe

      To all appearances, the Larsen-Hall family has everything: healthy children, a stable marriage, a lucrative career for Brantley, and the means for Daphne to pursue her art full-time. Their deluxe new Miami life has just clicked into place when Luna—the world’s first category 6 hurricane—upends everything they have taken for granted.

      When the storm makes landfall, it triggers a descent of another sort. Their home destroyed, two of its members missing, and finances abruptly cut off, the family finds everything they assumed about their lives now up for grabs. Swept into a mass rush of evacuees from across the American South, they are transported hundreds of miles to a FEMA megashelter where their new community includes an insurance-agent-turned-drug dealer, a group of vulnerable children, and a dedicated relief worker trying to keep the peace. Will “normal” ever return?

      Asuspenseful read plotted on a vast national tapestry, The Displacements thrillingly explores what happens when privilege is lost and resilience is tested in a swiftly changing world. 

      Story Locale: Florida, Oklahoma, Texas
      Bruce Holsinger is the author of The Gifted School, which won the Colorado Book Award. He teaches at the University of Virginia and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

      Author Residence: Charlottesville, Virginia
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for The Displacements

      “Incredibly fast-paced and incredibly scary…I truly could not put it down…it’s just one of those books that you’ll pass along and recommend. Perfect for this time of year.”—Elisabeth Egan, New York Times Book Review Podcast

      “Holsinger has built an apocalyptic plot on ground more secure than the foundations of many Miami homes…Indeed, the disaster that The Displacements whips up isn’t just powerful enough to smear Miami off the map; it’s powerful enough to wipe away our naive confidence that such a disaster isn’t coming for us…”The Washington Post

      “The novel’s laser focus is on our present moment, and reading The Displacements is like bingeing a monthslong news cycle in six hours…a thorough translation to fiction of what it can feel like to live right now. It’s hypnotic.”New York Times Book Review

      “Holsinger makes us aware of how precarious our lives are in this world of drastic climate change.”San Francisco Chronicle

      “In Bruce Holsinger’s cinematic new novel…readers are caught up in the epic sweep of hundreds of thousands of others who have also suffered the loss of homes, loved ones and finances… The Displacements shines when it portrays alliances and factions amid the mass of people so suddenly brought together…Holsinger delivers a nasty twist to the Larsen-Halls’s story that inserts a well-placed jolt of suspense… A book worth picking up.”—USA Today

      “Holsinger collects America’s flaws and scant empathy in this breakneck novel…[it] surely entertains, and it also hearkens to hope.”Booklist, STARRED review

      “Brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly believable. Seems destined to be a blockbuster.”—Kirkus, STARRED review

      “[A] harrowing novel of environmental disaster…This story of displacement and desperation packs a wallop.”–Publishers Weekly

      “The perfect adrenaline-fueled late-summer escape.”—Tina Jordan, New York Times Book Review

      A riveting and humbling reminder of how precarious our lives are in comparison to the power of nature, and a profound glimpse into our near future.” – Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

      “Realistic and immediate, it puts the reader right in the eye of the emotional storm, alongside its characters. As much as this is a wake-up call about the unpredictable nature of weather and life, it is most powerfully a propulsive family drama and a provocative story of human dignity, human indignity, and the deeper meanings of home.” – Miranda Cowley Heller, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Paper Palace

      “Bruce Holsinger has written a novel that succeeds in confronting the shocking realities of these times without being either apocalyptic or pessimistic. The Displacements is an urgent, powerful, unputdownable novel, filled with characters that are so vividly drawn that it is impossible not to care about them. A remarkable achievement.” – Amitav Ghosh, author of Sea of Poppies and The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

      “Tense, claustrophobic, and all too imaginable. A reminder that disaster doesn’t only happen to other people, that in a heartbeat each of us can be put to the test in a desperate search for physical and emotional survival. Holsinger’s beautifully drawn characters are made even more human by their relatable vulnerability in this gripping, twisty drama.”– Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House on the Street

      Praise for The Gifted School:

      “A page-turning meditation on what it means to be gifted — and how far parents will go to prove it.”—NPR

      “Holsinger’s sharp observation, knack for dialogue, acerbic social commentary and droll descriptive gifts all add up to a heady brew. As the adults scheme intently and their beleaguered children act out their frustrations, The Gifted School becomes a sharp, skeptical primer on how things stand in 2010s America where everyone is desperate to get their slice of an ever-shrinking economic pie.”—The Boston Globe

      “A surprisingly hopeful novel. There’s a sweetness to its resolution, a satisfying possibility that no matter what monsters we parents are at times, we can still graduate to something better.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
      “Holsinger renders his helicopter moms and soccer dads so precisely that one understands their motivations, even feels their longing and pride…[The Gifted School] exposes how easily a mix of good intentions, self-delusions, and minor sins can escalate into the kind of skullduggery that might prompt an F.B.I. sting.”—The New Yorker

      “Clever and au courant. . . top of the syllabus for book clubs.”—People

      “Bright, and expertly observed.”—Town & Country

      “Wise and addictive…The Gifted School is the juiciest novel I’ve read in ages…a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class….The book goes down as easy as a gin and tonic on a summer day, but the takeaway is damning. In their quest to give their offspring the best, these parents have committed, as one member of the group realizes too late, ’a collective crime against childhood..”—J. Courtney Sullivan in The New York Times
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    Intimacies A Novel Katie Kitamura
    9780399576171 Paperback FICTION / Psychological On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $22.00 CAD 5.2 x 8 x 0.6 in | 0.42 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:24 Riverhead Books
    • Marketing Copy

      An electrifying novel about a woman caught between many truths, by the author of A Separation.

      Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction

      “A perfect novel—taut and seductive.” —Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life and Filthy Animals

      “Gripping and elegant. No one’s work simmers with emotional complexity like Katie Kitamura’s.” —Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk

      An interpreter has come to The Hague to escape New York and work at the International Court. A woman of many languages and identities, she is looking for a place to finally call home.

      She’s drawn into simmering personal dramas: her lover, Adriaan, is separated from his wife but still entangled in his marriage. Her friend Jana witnesses a seemingly random act of violence, a crime the interpreter becomes increasingly obsessed with as she befriends the victim’s sister. And she’s pulled into an explosive political controversy when she’s asked to interpret for a former president accused of war crimes.

      A woman of quiet passion, she confronts power, love, and violence, both in her personal intimacies and in her work at the Court. She is soon pushed to the precipice, where betrayal and heartbreak threaten to overwhelm her, forcing her to decide what she wants from her life.

      Story Locale: The Hague
      Katie Kitamura’s most recent novel, A Separation, was a finalist for the Premio von Rezzori and a New York Times Notable Book. It was named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications, translated into 16 languages, and is being adapted for film. Her two previous novels, Gone To The Forest and The Longshot, were both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and Santa Maddalena, Katie has written for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta,BOMB,Triple Canopy, and Frieze. She teaches in the creative writing program at New York University.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY
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        Publicity: National print and online reviews and features

        Author Website: www.katiekitamura.com/

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @katiekitamura, Instagram: @_katiekitamura
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      Praise for Intimacies

      “[C]ooly written and casts a spell… One of Kitamura’s gifts… is to inject every scene with a pinprick of dread…. One of the best novels I’ve read in 2021… A taut, moody novel that moves purposefully between worlds.” Dwight Garner, New York Times

      “[I]ntense, unsettling… Intimacies is very much a story that seems to be something familiar but soon morphs into something disorientingly strange…. [W]ith her Jamesian attention to the slightest movement of bodies and words, Kitamura keeps Intimacies rooted to the ordinary domestic experiences of her narrator, her petty jealousies, her passing suspicions. The effect is a kind of emotional intensity that’s gripping because it feels increasingly unsustainable. Who could endure that raw-nerve sensitivity to the power of language to love, to deceive, to promise, to kill? Kitamura pulls us through a rising panic of hyper-awareness until the story’s fever finally breaks with a note of hope and relief. But that can’t quell the novel’s reverberations, which expose something incomprehensible about the moral dimensions of modern life.“ Ron Charles, Washington Post

      Intimacies is both sleekly gorgeous — those sentences — and psychologically unnerving. She’s an absolutely brilliant writer.“ Julie Otsuka, New York Times Book Review

      ”A master of cool disquiet… Kitamura writes with forceful, direct prose that makes for a bracing read and leaves the reader mesmerized.“ Lauren Mechling, Vogue

      ”[A] thriller of a novel…. In exploring how one’s proximity to power and violence can hold endless repercussions, Kitamura interrogates how our intimacies can change the course of our lives.” —Time

      “Kitamura’s prose elegantly breaks grammatical convention… this style mirrors the book’s concern with the bleeding lines between intimacies — especially between the sincere and the coercive — while Kitamura’s immense talent smooths the seams…. A novel like this one offers the reader much to work with, raising a chorus of harmonic questions rather than squealing a single answer. Contemporary American novels too often deliver pre-solved moral quandaries and obvious enemies in service to our cultural craving for ethical perfection — the correct word, the right behavior, the sole and righteous position on myriad complex issues. Kitamura works outside of this trendy literality by knowing, as the best writers do, that a story’s apparent subject does not determine its conceptual limits; plot summary would do this book no justice…. Kitamura’s work also contains a keen understanding of human behavior, one that reaches far beyond the pages of this brief and arresting book; she travels to places that ordinary writers cannot go.” —Catherine Lacey, The New York Times Book Review

      “Calling all Rachel Cuskheads and W.G. Sebald stans! Kitamura is a novelist of enchanting imagination and minimalist prose style…. The novel’s plot twists are of the subtle, jaw-tightening variety rather than the dramatic, stomach-knotting sort, but it’s still fair to call it a ‘psychological thriller.’ Intimacies is for those who like their addictive novels to sneak up behind them rather than slap them in the face.” Molly Young, Vulture

      ”[A] gorgeous, destabilizing meditation on the power differentials built into language and the gradual distortions of our emotional allegiances.” Raven Leilani, Vulture

      “An amazing book, beautiful and captivating’” Elif Shafak
      “In spare and elegant prose, Kitamura limns  her unnamed protagonist’s search for home and gifts us a powerful, beautiful book.” Chika Unigwe

      “I love how Katie Kitamura can channel a mind.” Ruth Ozeki, Observer UK, Best Books of the Year)

       “With Intimacies, Kitamura gives the question of how to voice someone else’s suffering a political urgency of the highest order.” Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic

      “The way I tore through this book like it was a sexy beach read instead of a piercing meditation on the way language moderates our perception of violence! …About once every two pages, Kitamura writes a phrase that feels like a key turning inside your body. And if all of this doesn’t sound immobilize-you-on-your-couch-turning-pages-level good, just know that Barack Obama named it one of his favorite books of the year.“ Jenny Singer, Glamour

      “Powerful, masterful…. One might call Kitamura one of the most talented thriller writers who doesn’t write thrillers, for her novels are tinged with menace and threat and dark alleys that seem primed for acts of violence. And yet, really, the artistry ….  lies in the delicate ways in which characters continue on, persevere slightly better or slightly worse, and survive.” Chris Bollen, Interview Magazine

      “Just under 250 pages but packs a powerful punch. Beautifully written and mysterious.” —Real Simple

      “[T]he book vibrates with tension…Kitamura’s prose is responsible for this effect — she writes like a concert violinist, with clarity and control and a sustained, uneasy high pitch.” Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times

      “Kitamura blends the personal and political in spare, elegant, inimitable prose. A standout novel, like nothing I’ve read before.” Kathryn Ma, San Francisco Chronicle

      “Katie Kitamura’s fourth novel spins a taut web of dread from the start…In cool, spare prose, Kitamura asks the book’s animating query: How should you go about your little life in a world where horrible things are happening?” Stephanie Hayes, The Atlantic

      “Fans of sparse millennial tales: Run, don’t walk.” —Entertainment Weekly

      “In her unforgettable 2017 A Separation, Kitamura took her protagonist to the edge of an island in the Mediterranean; in her new and equally unforgettable novel, she places an interpreter in the middle of The Hague. This woman is also embroiled in many dramas, personal and professional, forcing her to choose a path and an identity.” Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post

      “Kitamura’s voice is chilly but also brave as she strikes a pose between mind and heart. Her searing new novel, Intimacies is, in key ways, a companion piece to A Separation, revisiting themes of duplicity and questionable morality; but it also delves into politics and sexual tension more explicitly, a tale that burns like dry ice…In crystalline prose, Kitamura probes the labyrinths of language and the riddles of our humanity…Intimacies is a judicious, cerebral novel, but Kitamura seasons it with dashes of glamor. There’s a hint of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Daisy and Tom Buchanan, “careless people [who] smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money.”…This slim, graceful novel punches above its weight as Kitamura explores tragedy on an epic scale, reckoning with the ways we deceive each other and ourselves.” Hamilton Cain, Oprah Daily

      “The author’s choice to leave her stories suspended in a gelatinous stew of human behavior is exactly what keeps her fiction so sticky; we can’t shake it off. Intimacies makes you wonder just how much is lost in the most basic translation — from one mind to another.” Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times

      Intimacies feels like a thriller, though I suppose it really isn’t one; the author just has a remarkable way of bringing tension to every encounter in this brief, sly novel about language and identity…Kitamura plumbs different kinds of intimacy — physical, verbal, emotional — in prose that creates its own unique rhythms, as if it itself were translated: She strings sentences together with commas, making rivers of words, and eschews quotation marks so that statements blur into reflections. This results in a book that feels almost painfully intimate; it’s as if we’ve slipped inside the head of this quiet woman, navigating an unwelcoming city, feeling its chill, trying to find home.” Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

      “[F]ascinating and mysterious.” NPR

      “Katie Kitamura dazzles us again with Intimacies. Her style is so perfectly suited to my taste that everything she writes impresses. Her ability to impart vivacious detail with sparse and direct prose is a testament to her talent, and the moments that she is able to create between characters and places are memorable and beautiful. This book has stuck with me for months now, and I think of it often in the small moments of intimacy I find in my life.“ —Buzzfeed

      “A strange and mesmerizing tale about language, understanding, and the role of strangers in our most intimate moments.” —Bookriot

      “[Intimacies asks questions] with both a subtlety and an urgency that makes Kitamura’s voice so distinct within contemporary fiction. I read most of Intimacies in the early hours of the morning, when the shapes and outline of your own home can feel, temporarily, like they belong to someone else. In those hours, the novel’s voice was the one I knew best, and I would forget myself and my family sleeping nearby and become lost in the novel’s suspense, and its beauty.” Ashley Nelson Levy, BOMB

      “[A] novel that carries enormous moral weight, attending to themes of alienation, violence, and love, with every page written in the most taut, gripping prose. It will haunt your dreams long after you’ve turned down the last page.” Tahmima Anam, E! Online

      “Spare, exacting prose…with powerful questions about morality, responsibility, and how we tell stories.” – Shondaland

      “There’s a restrained intensity to Katie Kitamura’s prose, one that made her last novel, the superb divorce-meets-mystery drama A Separation, feel like you were reading it in the eye of a tornado, the tight, muted sentences suggesting an overwhelming tempest just beyond them. It’s that willingness to keep readers at an intriguing distance before revealing the messy emotions driving it all that should serve her well in the new book, Intimacies, about a woman trying to escape her past.” —A.V. Club

      “Though it has all the ingredients for a story of global intrigue…what Katie Kitamura’s new novel, Intimacies, really does is offer intrigue of a more, well, intimate sort. This is the kind of book that quickens the pulse not because of logic-defying plot twists, but rather because of how surgically precise it is in revealing how our emotional realities take on epic dimensions in our own minds, and often threaten our stability in the precise ways that things of global import rarely do….psychologically disconcerting — like all the very best thrillers.” —Refinery29

      Intimacies is a haunting, precise, and morally astute novel that reads like a psychological thriller. It expertly and concisely delves into the paradoxes of language—how language can obscure our own complicity, and how language can enable us to escape our own delusions. Katie Kitamura is a wonder; her work is striking, stylish, and fully realized.” —Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others and Eat the Document

      “Gripping and elegant. No one’s work simmers with emotional complexity like Katie Kitamura’s.” —Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk

      ”A novel about the ruthlessness of power, the check of virtue, and the purportedly neutral bureaucracy meant to mediate between them. Katie Kitamura is among the most brilliant and profound writers at work today; she reminds me how high the moral stakes of fiction can be.” —Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You

      “Katie Kitamura writes about being an outsider like no other author. Quiet moments are charged with tension and power. In short, the book is remarkable - beautifully written and intelligent.” —Avni Doshi, author of Burnt Sugar

      Intimacies is a perfect novel—taut and seductive. Kitamura has made the existential thriller all her own, and she effortlessly negotiates the personal and the geopolitical with a complex moral nuance. Simply stunning.” —Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life and Filthy Animals

      “Saturated with enigmatic longing, Intimacies peels back the layers of sympathy, antipathy, and morality that both connect and divide us from others, unearthing something precious beneath. Katie Kitamura is a revelatory interpreter of the human heart, in all its brilliance and obscurity.” —Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

      “Katie Kitamura’s voice — spare, electric, evocative — could take me anywhere. Especially into this landscape of global wanderers, uprooted women, fragmented souls. Intimacies is a singular pleasure — a dangerous, seductive, dagger of a novel.” —Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia and New People

      “Katie Kitamura’s beautifully wrought novel is tense and suspenseful, a mystery about human choices. From its protagonist’s work as an interpreter at the Hague, from crimes against humanity, to friendship and a love affair, the interpreter can’t escape questions of judgment and justice. She balances tenuously on an ethical scale, while interpretation itself is brilliantly employed as the faulty method that subsumes all communication. Like a work by Graham Greene, INTIMACIES kept me in its tight grip.” —Lynne Tillman, author of Men and Apparitions

      “Like her protagonist, Kitamura…is a master of precisely evocative language. In her work and in her isolation, the interpreter recognizes how familiarity can obscure intimacy, while its lack can yet lead to discomfiting proximity. The novel takes places so deeply within her that it’s truly personlike, at once forthright and mysterious, a piercing and propulsive meditation on closeness of many sorts.” —Booklist (STARRED review)

      “A watchful, reticent woman sees peril and tries not to vanish… It’s a delight to accompany the narrator’s astute observational intelligence through these pages… She hears and doesn’t hear the words amid her focus, just as she sees and doesn’t completely register events in her everyday life…This is the crux of Kitamura’s preoccupation. She threads it brilliantly through the intimacies her character is trying to navigate: with new colleagues, women friends, and her beau, who goes away; with the work and with the nature of The Hague itself…The novel packs a controlled but considerable wallop, all the more pleasurable for its nuance. This psychological tone poem is a barbed and splendid meditation on peril.” —Kirkus (STARRED review)

      Praise for A Separation

      “Kitamura is a writer with a visionary, visual imagination… In A Separation, [she] has made consciousness her territory. The book is all mind, and an observant, taut, astringent mind it is.” —The New Yorker

      “A slow burn of a novel that gathers its great force and intensity through careful observation and a refusal to accept old, shopworn narratives of love and loss.” —Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation and Weather

      “The burnt landscape, the disappearance of a man, the brilliantly cold, precise, and yet threatening, churning tone of the narrator—make A Separation an absolutely mesmerizing work of art.” —Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers

      “Fascinating, artful and atmospheric.” —Paula McLain, Parade magazine

      “Unsettling… Kitamura traces the narrator’s thoughts in sentences striking for their control and lucidity, their calm surface belied by the instability lurking beneath… The more the narrator tells us, the less we trust her. And the less we trust her, the more this hypnotic novel compels us to confront the limits of what we, too, can know.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

      “A novel so seamless, that follows its path with such consequence, that even minor deviations seem loaded with meaning. Wonderful.” —Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of My Struggle

      “Accomplished… a coolly unsettling work.” —New York Times Book Review

      “Kitamura’s prose gallops, combining Elena Ferrante-style intricacies with the tensions of a top-notch whodunit.” —Elle

      “Kitamura weaves a novel of quiet power, mostly due to a narrative voice that is so subtly commanding—so effortlessly self-aware and perceptive, teeming with dry yet empathetic humor—that it’s a challenge not to follow her journey in a single sitting.” —Harper’s Bazaar

      “Katie Kitamura breathes new life into the theme of marital breakdown.” —The New Republic
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    The Birdcage Eve Chase
    9780525542414 Hardcover FICTION / Women On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $36.00 CAD 6.23 x 9.27 x 1.19 in | 1.22 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 G.P. Putnam's Sons
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      In the spirit of Lisa Jewell and Kate Morton, an emotional mystery set in the rugged remote landscape of north Cornwall full of dark secrets and twists, about three unusual sisters forced to confront the past.

      Some secrets need to be set free…

      When half-sisters Kat, Flora, and Lauren are unexpectedly summoned to Rock Point, their wild and remote Cornish summer home, it’s not a welcome invitation. They haven’t been back since that fateful summer twenty years ago—a summer they’re desperate to forget.

      But when they arrive, it’s clear they’re not alone. Someone is lurking in the shadows, watching their every move. Someone who remembers exactly what they did…

      Will the sisters be able to protect the dark past of Rock Point? Or are some secrets too powerful to remain under lock and key?

      Story Locale: Cornwall, England (Rock Point)
      Eve Chase is the author of Black Rabbit Hall, The Wildling Sisters, and The Daughters of Foxcote Manor. She lives in Oxford, England with her husband and three children.

      Author Residence: Oxford, England

      Author Hometown: England
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “Eve Chase does it again! The Birdcage is glorious; a bittersweet, beautifully written, slow burn family drama with a killer kick in the closing chapters. I loved every word of it.” —Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs

      The Birdcage is an intriguing study of sisters and sibling rivalry, of memory and forgetting, of daughters who are more mature than their father. Eve Chase took me to an isolated manor in windswept Cornwall, where I turned the pages faster and faster to see if the three sisters could put the past—and past grievances—behind them. The perfect weekend read!” —Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library

      “Atmospheric and twisty: think Daphne Du Maurier for the modern day.” —The Sunday Telegraph

      “The complex relationships between three half-sisters, their mothers and their artist father are painted with compelling psychological depth in this extraordinary and gripping masterpiece. The treacherous Cornish coast is the setting for a cleverly narrated unravelling of the past and the myriad ways in which it has shaped the present. It’s like an Old Master portrait that gives away more secrets with each viewing. Eve Chase’s best novel yet—and the bar was already sky-high.” —Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife

      “Eve Chase never disappoints. The far west of Cornwall is evoked in all its wild and mystical glory in this lyrical and propulsive family drama about three sisters whose lives have been overshadowed by a tragedy on the day of the 1999 eclipse. Chase conjures up a bohemian, artistic world filled with damaged daughters and their charismatic, largely absent and narcissistic father. Immersive, tense and ultimately redemptive, while I was reading, it held me completely in its grip.” –Sarah Vaughan, author of Little Disasters

      “Eve Chase is one of my favorite authors and I fell in love with The Birdcage. A gorgeously written, atmospheric and twisty story of sisters and secrets set on the Cornish coast. Eve Chase’s books never fail to make me cry. I devoured it!” –Claire Douglas, author of Local Girl Missing

      “[A] moody psychological thriller….Exquisite prose and an evocative setting.” —Publishers Weekly

      “The complex dynamics that fuel sisterly love but ignite rivalry set the emotional tone for British author Eve Chase’s irresistibly suspenseful drama, The Birdcage…Chase navigates the relationships Flora, Kat and Lauren have with each other and with their father with masterful strokes, offering enticing, layered glimpses into their early years…The eerie, ethereal imagery in The Birdcage [will] linger with readers long after they part ways with the Finch family.” —Shelf Awareness

      The Birdcage somehow manages to be suspenseful while at the same time remaining sensitive toward and generous to its troubled, flawed characters…[It] turns its canny eye on how our all-too-human weaknesses can set off terrible consequences, and how love and compassion can heal and help us all become better people.” —Criminal Element

      “[A] shrewd and sensitive exploration of troubled families…Chase sets the plot on simmer and slowly raises the temperature. She draws her characters—especially the half-sisters—with care and cunning…With lyrical originality, she delivers passages that in one image capture the dichotomy between creation and destruction that defines the novel…Atmospheric and arresting, ‘The Birdcage’ dissects the family drama, explores the power of potential redemption and displays the author at her creative and compassionate best.” —Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

      “Intricate…[A] character-driven story of forgiveness and redemption…The relationship dynamics beautifully alternate between complete brokenness and enduring hope…[The] plot is suspenseful and blooms at a slow but satisfying pace. Fans of Jane Harper will enjoy the vivid sense of place and the flawed, complex characters.” —Booklist

      “I read it in one sitting and absolutely sobbed at the end. Eve Chase is such an evocative writer—she paints with words—but she has also crafted such a cleverly layered story that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I was mentally and emotionally wrung out by the end. It’s a triumph!” —Karen Swan, author of The Paris Secret

      “Skillfully plotted and richly atmospheric, The Birdcage weaves together the stories of three sisters forced to confront an explosive past. Dark family secrets, old rivalries, and new dangers collide in this clever and engaging page-turner.” —Lindsay Cameron, author of Just One Look

      “Wildly glamorous and utterly intoxicating, The Birdcage is Eve Chase at her very best: taut, intriguing and evocative. Du Maurier with a modern twist.” —Veronica Henry, author of How to Find Love in a Book Shop

      “Atmospheric and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it.” —Jane Fallon, author of Getting Rid of Matthew

      “A page-turning story brilliantly told in a lush narrative bursting with vivid, wonderful images. Haunting, emotional & just lovely. Loved it.” —Tracy Rees, author of Amy Snow

      “Eve Chase is a stunning and meticulous writer and The Birdcage—like all her novels—is as spellbinding in its prose, as it is in its plot and the expertly crafted mystery at its heart. A very special novel” —Katy Regan, author of How to Find Your Way Home
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    Lion 'Brings war in the ancient world to vivid, gritty and bloody life' Conn Iggulden
    9780241513132 Paperback FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:September 13, 2022
    $29.99 CAD 6 x 9.2 x 1.3 in | 1.18 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:16 Michael Joseph
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      ’Pacy and propulsive…Crackling with energy, violence and stirring speeches’ DAILY MAIL

      ’Iggulden draws the Greek world convincingly and he is strongest writing battle scenes’ THE TIMES

      ’The master historical storyteller. This swords-and-sandals epic brings the ancient world to life’ DAILY EXPRESS


      Pericles stands in the shadow of his father: a man who once saved Athens.

      To make his own name he must prove himself in the liar’s den of Athenian politics: pitting wits against friends, sceptics, enemies.

      But words alone do not make a leader.

      A force of Persians threatens the city and Pericles must find courage on the battlefield.

      In its time of need, Athens’ warriors must be lions…


      ’Brings war in the ancient world to vivid, gritty and bloody life’ ANTHONY RICHES

      ’Another masterpiece from Iggulden’ 5***** Reader Review

      ’It’s like being on the battlefield’ 5***** Reader Review

      ’An epic piece of historical fiction, full of political intrigue and vivid action’ ROBERT FABBRI
      Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. He has written four previous bestselling historical series, including Wars of the Roses. Dunstan is a stand-alone novel set in the red-blooded world of tenth-century England, and The Falcon of Sparta is a stand-alone in which Iggulden returns to the Ancient World. Both instalments of Conn’s Athenian series, The Gates of Athens and Protector, were instant Sunday Times bestsellers. Lion is the first book in Conn’s epic new series, The Golden Age.
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      Pacy and propulsive, Conn Iggulden’s latest historical epic heads back to the battlefields and warships of the Ancient World…Crackling with energy, violence and stirring speeches, Lion chronicles power struggles, political machinations and the bloodthirsty ravages of up-close combatDaily Mail

      Iggulden draws the Greek world convincingly and he is strongest writing battle scenesTHE TIMES

      The master historical storyteller returns with the first of a new pair of novels about Athenian general and politician Pericles. This swords-and-sandals epic brings the sights, sounds and smells of the ancient world to life, telling the story of the ongoing clash of empires between Greece and Persia. Conn Iggulden’s research is second-to-none and his writing has never been more addictive. At home, Pericles is navigating a difficult marriage while shoring up his position in Athenian politics and art. But, in this gripping read, he also faces the ever-present threat of a resurgent Persia on the battlefield.—Daily Express

      Included in ’Top 20 Summer Books’survey conducted by The Reading Agency

      Praise for Conn Iggulden—-

      Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story…the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent—The Times

      One of our finest historical novelists—Daily Express

      Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction—Daily Mirror

      Pacy…and packed with action—Sunday Times

      Breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times—Star

      Compelling reading—Woman and Home
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    The Metaverse And How it Will Revolutionize Everything Matthew Ball Canada
    9781324092032 Hardcover TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Social Aspects On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $40.00 CAD 6.19 x 9.26 x 1.09 in | 1.31 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:24 Liveright
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      From the leading theorist of the Metaverse comes the definitive account of the next internet: what the Metaverse is, what it will take to build it, and what it means for all of us.

      The term “Metaverse” is suddenly everywhere, from the front pages of national newspapers and the latest fashion trends to the plans of the most powerful companies in history. It is already shaping the policy platforms of the US government, the European Union, and the Chinese Communist Party.
      But what, exactly, is the Metaverse? As pioneering theorist and venture capitalist Matthew Ball explains, it is a persistent and interconnected network of 3D virtual worlds that will eventually serve as the gateway to most online experiences, and also underpin much of the physical world. For decades, these ideas have been limited to science fiction and video games, but they are now poised to revolutionize every industry and function, from finance and healthcare to education, consumer products, city planning, dating, and well beyond.

      Taking us on an expansive tour of the “next internet,” Ball demonstrates that many proto-Metaverses are already here, such as Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox. Yet these offer only a glimpse of what is to come. Ball presents a comprehensive definition of the Metaverse before explaining the technologies that will power it—and the breakthroughs that will be necessary to fully realize it. He addresses the governance challenges the Metaverse entails; investigates the role of Web3, blockchains, and NFTs; and predicts Metaverse winners and losers. Most importantly, he examines many of the Metaverse’s almost unlimited applications.

      The internet will no longer be at arm’s length; instead, it will surround us, with much of our lives, labor, and leisure taking place inside the Metaverse. Bringing clarity and authority to a frequently misunderstood concept, Ball foresees trillions of dollars in new value—and the radical reshaping of society.
      Matthew Ball is the CEO of Epyllion and the former global head of strategy for Amazon Studios. He has written for the New York Times, the Economist, and Bloomberg. His self-published essays on the Metaverse have been read millions of times and cited by leaders at Epic Games, Facebook, Tencent, and Coinbase. Ball divides his time between Toronto, New York City, and Miami.
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      Just as the present internet can be described as a network of networks, so the metaverse will be the virtual world of all virtual worlds. This is the vision offered in The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything by Matthew Ball…Ultimately, the fundamental question [Ball addresses] has to do with the social value of the metaverse: Can a human life spent in a virtual world still flourish? [Ball believes] that it can. The structures of our personal and social lives…are just as meaningful whether the substrate is our physical reality or a digital world…What, by the way, will happen to the real world that so many of us are supposedly eager to leave behind? Mr. Ball is excellent on the enormous infrastructure investments required to build a metaverse. —Steven Poole, Wall Street Journal

      Mr. Ball’s summary of the history of virtual worlds, in both fiction and computer science, provides helpful context. But his book’s most valuable contribution may prove to be his definition of the metaverse…For anyone who wants to understand the process [of building the metaverse] and what is at stake, Mr. Ball’s lucid and timely book offers a portal into a new realm.—The Economist

      This is the big reason why Matthew Ball is so influential in shaping our understanding of a conceptual metaverse: he is a skilled communicator and writer with clarity of thought. His book is a showcase of this talent as he traces the contours of our theoretical, collective future. Matthew goes beyond jargon and marketing smoke and mirrors to shine a light on the challenges of evolving the internet. His book is essential reading to anyone interested not just in what digital life may evolve into, but how we’ve already evolved with it throughout time.—Gene Park, reporter, Washington Post

      [In] The Metaverse, Matthew Ball explains how it could operate in practice and explores how it might turn out to be a lot more exciting and beneficial invention than the miserabilists imagine, so long as we help shape its evolution…[written] in an informed and provocative style…it serves as a comprehensive guide to every aspect of the metaverse, from its technical underpinnings to its societal responsibilities. —John Thornhill, Financial Times

      The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything, offers a better understanding of the metaverse than the novel that coined the term ? 1992’s Snow Crash…it tactfully toes the line between enthusiasm and skepticism while weighing possible futures against infrastructural realities…A tour of metaverse concepts from heady theory to gritty technicalities —Cecilia D’Anastasio, Bloomberg

      Ball [is] clear and transparent on his assumptions and ground[s] his discussion in real data and facts. His analysis then manages to integrate logic, humor, and an appropriate degree of skepticism of the most extreme claims, often made by those with vested interests. The result is an entertaining and thought-provoking guide to the coming alternative virtual world that should prove indispensable to not just users and developers but investors, competitors, and regulators.—Jonathan A. Knee, Business Insider

      Matthew is the leading thinker on the metaverse and gaming, one of the leading thinkers on media… The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything, in my opinion, [is] the very best book on its topic… [I] recommend highly. —Tyler Cowen, Conversations with Tyler

      [Ball’s] book puts some meat behind the buzzword…his arguments are rooted in reality, and his optimism is tempered with the murkiness of real life…a good read that handles the hard work of describing the technology and defining the metaverse in elegant ways that don’t sacrifice all of the complexity. And so it’s worth your time, particularly if you want to know what the future is going to be about and whether the metaverse will truly generate trillions of dollars in new wealth.—Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat

      [A]n instant classic…detailed, meticulously researched, and dense with observations and insight. I read it twice, just to make sure I scooped up every gem within it…a must-read for those in digital media…I loved this book and can’t recommend it highly enough.—Charlie Fink, Forbes.com

      Written by luminary Metaverse theorist, essayist, and VC, Matthew Ball, this book explores the ‘next internet.’ Ball demonstrates that many proto-Metaverses are already here. Yet, these offer only a glimpse of what is to come…The Metaverse is a timely, authoritative overview of the subject. Don’t miss it! —Cathy Hackl, Forbes

      [Ball] has long been one of the most interesting writers analyzing the technological and cultural shifts behind the emergence of the Metaverse, and his new book, The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything, provides an informative account on where our online existence is heading…. [Ball] knows what he is talking about, and perhaps more importantly, when the enthusiastic prophets of the new digital age are blowing smoke… If Ball’s illuminating guide is anything to go by, there is a bright future ahead for those building the Metaverse — and time perhaps for the rest of us to dust off those mirror-shades. —Paul Dicken, Los Angeles Review of Books

      [P]rovides more than just a definitive definition of the metaverse, which despite mounting interest, many people still fail to fully understand…Much of the book is a breezy read…[it details] what systems will be necessary for the metaverse to thrive.—Dov Greenbaum, Science

      A great historical perspective on technology and how it brought us to this point…an excellent book if people want to learn where we are and where we are going.—Raju Mudhar, Toronto Star

      Excellent…Chapters on bringing the various iterations of the developing metaverse together, making them interact, and the hardware required, are lucid and logical. The third section is even better. Ball prophesies about where and how the metaverse might arrive, and what it could do to our lives. Its strength is testament to years of thinking deeply about the area.—Chris Stokel-Walker, New Scientist (UK)

      For this emerging generation the metaverse will be a perfectly natural psychological extension of everything they have ever known. For the rest of us, who will soon need to catch up, Ball’s book is the best crash course we have.—Kit Wilson, The Times (UK)

      The Metaverse is a timely, authoritative, and accessible overview of the subject…well-pitched for the interested non-expert. —Hilary Lamb, Engineering and Technology Magazine (UK)

      Where big tech waffles about the metaverse while spending billions on making it a reality, Ball has exacting standards for what the metaverse must be and what would be needed to achieve it.—James Ball, The Spectator

      A robust explanation of a ‘persistent, 3D, virtual world—a network of interconnected experiences and devices, tools and infrastructure, far beyond mere virtual reality’…. A foremost expert on the metaverse, the author defines and demystifies what has yet to materialize, encouraging readers to suspend disbelief and instead consider the concept as they did their early interactions with tech innovations such as touchscreens, app stores, and Zoom… Readers will gain unprecedented insight into an otherwise insular aspect of the tech world.—Kirkus Reviews

      There is no better guide to where the Internet may—or may not—be heading…Ball has an intimate understanding of the work necessary to bring the metaverse to fruition, and what might derail it.—Sue Halpern, New York Review of Books

      I’m reading [The Metaverse]. It’s fascinating, because it’s both about the technical infrastructure that is being built and has yet to be built to really enable mass application of this digital existence—which I find so thought-provoking on an industrial, human, and creative level. —Karlie Kloss

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