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Recipe for Hate
The X Gang
By (author): Warren Kinsella
9781459739062 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 15 - 18, Reading age from 15 - 18 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Music Maine Nov 11, 2017
$14.99 CAD
Forthcoming 5 x 8 x 0.75 in | 270 gr 304 pages Dundurn Press
Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2018 2018, Winner John Spray Mystery Award 2018, Short-listed White Pine 2019 2018, Short-listed
How a group of Portland, Maine, punks defeated a murderous gang of neo-Nazis.

The X Gang is a group of punks led by the scarred, silent, and mostly unreadable Christopher X. His best friend, Kurt Blank, is a hulking and talented punk guitarist living in the closet. Sisters Patti and Betty Upchuck form the core of the feminist Punk Rock Virgins band, and are the closest to X and Kurt. Assorted hangers-on and young upstarts fill out the X Gang’s orbit: the Hot Nasties, the Social Blemishes, and even the legendary Joe Strummer of the Clash. Together, they’ve all but taken over Gary’s, an old biker bar. Then over one dark weekend, a bloody crime nearly brings it all to an end.

Based on real events, Warren Kinsella tells the story of the X Gang’s punk lives — the community hall gigs, the antiracism rallies, the fanzines and poetry and art, and what happened after the brutal murders of two of their friends.

  • Opens with a grisly murder as a loose band of punks face some very real danger from neo-Nazi radicals
  • A New Adult title for teenagers and adults alike, with young characters and very mature themes and experiences
  • Author has been involved with the punk scene since the start, has been in bands, run his own record company, and has written hundreds of stories — and one critically acclaimed book, Fury’s Hour — about punk
  • Author is a skilled self-marketer: he runs a top Toronto PR firm which has advised countless campaigns about how to get heard by target audiences, particularly youthful ones, and his website, The War Room, attracts 3.5 million visitors a year and he has 22.2K followers on Twitter
  • Set in the seventies, but relevant today, focusing on the clash between diversity and tolerance, and those who promote division and hate

Warren Kinsella is an author, musician, lawyer, and political consultant. Recipe for Hate is book one in the X Gang series. Warren plays bass in a punk rock group called SFH and runs the popular blog The War Room. He lives in Toronto.

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Advance Reading Copies available, enhanced quantity

Book hashtag: #RecipeforHate
Author Website:
Author Twitter: @kinsellawarren
Author Facebook: kinsellawarren

For more information contact
Kendra Martin, [email protected]

Kinsella skilfully blends convincing depictions of both the punk scene and the racist underground with the hoary trope of a band of kids setting out to solve a mystery … a suspenseful page-turner that also gives considerable food for thought. - Quill & Quire

Tension starts high and stays there in this unflinching page-turner, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the early punk scene and a moving testament to the power of friendship. - Publishers Weekly

A compelling and jagged read. - School Library Journal

Unlike anything he has written before. - Calgary Herald

Raw and gritty and soaked in the passion for personal freedom, disdain for authority, and commitment to indie music -

Of interest to anyone interested in punk culture — not just the music, but the fanzines, art and writing of the period. - Toronto Star

Kinsella’s book explodes off the page from the start...a dark and engrossing tale of punk-rock heroes fighting for justice. - Booklist

Absorbing, jarring and raw. - Globe and Mail

excellent - Edmonton Journal

Kinsella’s book explodes off the page from the start … A dark and engrossing tale of punk-rock heroes fighting for justice. - Booklist (U.S.)

a complex, multilayered mystery that highlights the energy and passion of youth while pointing a finger at issues like police misconduct, irresponsible journalism and the rise of the alt Right. - CM Magazine

Also Available

New Dark Ages Warren Kinsella 9781459742154 $14.99 CAD Nov 10, 2018
The War Room Warren Kinsella 9781550027464 $29.99 CAD Oct 04, 2007


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