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Kill the Mall
By (author): Pasha Malla
9780735273498 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Satire Feb 02, 2021
$25.00 CAD
Active 5.68 x 8.21 x 0.69 in | 0.61 lb 256 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
Douglas Adams meets David Lynch in this witty yet horror-tinged fable about one of North America’s scariest inventions—the local mall.

After writing a letter in praise of “malls,” our eccentric narrator is offered a “residency” at a shabby suburban shopping centre. His mission: to occupy the mall for several weeks, splitting his time between “making work” and “engaging the public,” all while chronicling his adventures in weekly progress reports.

Before long, a series of strange after-hour events rattles our hero, and he sets forth on a nightly quest to untangle the mysterious forces at play in the mall’s unmapped recesses. Things quickly get hairy, and our narrator’s optimism about his mall residency descends into doubt, and then into a full-blown phantasmagoria of horror and (possibly) murder. With the aid of a weird and wonderful cast of mall-dwelling misfits—including a pony named Gary—our narrator is forced to conclude that the mall may not be the temple of consumer bliss he initially imagined, but something far more sinister. And who, or what, is benefitting from its existence?

Pasha Malla’s creative genius shines in this madcap work of horror-fantasy—a cutting critique of consumer culture as embodied in the fading local mall.

Story Locale: the mall

DARKLY HILARIOUS READ: Pasha is doing in fiction what others (like Jordan Peele and Donald Glover) are doing in other mediums: using a mash-up of storytelling, humour and horror for biting social critique.

WRITER FOR THE LONG HAUL: Pasha is one of the brightest stars in the Knopf Canada constellation. His work is challenging but fearless and hugely exciting.

ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK: For maximum accessibility. Also: the book is timed to appear as Pasha’s last novel, Fugue States, goes into trade paperback.

PASHA MALLA is the author of five works of poetry and fiction, including the story collection The Withdrawal Method and the novel People Park. His fiction has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Trillium Book Prize, an Arthur Ellis Award and several National Magazine awards. It has also been shortlisted for the Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Prize, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Pasha Malla lives in Hamilton.

Author Residence: Toronto, Canada

Author Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Marketing: Influencer outreach (ARC & finished copies)

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Social media advertising, including Dufferin Mall contest

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Publicity: Pitch for reviews in national dailies

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Events in Toronto and other parts of Ontario

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“[Pasha Malla’s books]…take chances with form, are unsettlingly funny, and tackle a range of themes in unorthodox ways…. [I]n this book as in his others, his writing is set apart by the courage of its conviction—his scenarios and stories, however bizarre, are internally consistent and self-sustaining. He draws us in with humour and intriguing incidents…. [T]his isn’t a book you’ll easily forget.” —Toronto Star

“[A] jovial horror novel that aims to critique consumer culture.” —Zoomer

Kill the Mall is a book for those of us who love malls but are also conflicted by our complicity in the machinery of capitalism. I couldn’t stop reading. Pasha Malla writes like a reincarnated Kafka.” —Ian Williams, winner of the Giller Prize for Reproduction
 
“A shaggy, brilliant provocation of a novel. As appropriately demented as the times we are living in.” —Anakana Schofield, author of Malarky, Martin John and Bina

“A darkly hilarious evisceration of art and capitalism by one of Canada’s most original writers.” —Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors and The Wagers

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