Dimensions:7.98in x 5.19 x 0.78 in | 0.59 lb
Page Count:288 pages
COMPS & AUDIENCE: How to Stop Time, Matt Haig; Us Against You, Fredrik Backman; Albatross, Terry Fallis;
PERENNIAL APPEAL: Timeless storytelling with the potential to be a yearly favourite.
STRONG HOOK: A contemporary ghost story (with echoes of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol) that takes on anxieties around privilege, environmental catastrophe, material wealth, and social isolation.
POTENTIAL TO EXPAND READERSHIP: A different kind of novel for house author, Todd Babiak. The story is pitched perfectly for this moment of collective personal/social/political reckoning and the satire is sharp, but the characters are deeply human.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter @babiak: 13.1k followers; author’s site: toddbabiak.com
Praise for Todd Babiak
The Empress of Idaho
“If Gillian Flynn, Richard Ford, Vladimir Nabokov, and John Irving got together to write a novel, they would come up with The Empress of Idaho. Plan ahead before you start—once you do, you will not be able to stop.” —Cathal Kelly, author of Boy Wonders
“Todd Babiak’s writing is so perceptive and witty, his characters so thick with life that you’ll find yourself carried along the novel’s twists and turns…Part dark comedy, part thriller, and part coming-of-age tale, The Empress of Idaho is a kaleidoscope of masterful storytelling.” —Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine
“An achingly tender read shot through with Babiak’s humour and grace, this novel charms you as it haunts you. I could not put it down.” —Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker
“Babiak skillfully develops his characters and their connections in a manner which reveals their individual depths…. A powerful, unsettling novel.” —Toronto Star
“Babiak has created a wholly believable boy on the verge of manhood…The Empress of Idaho is a brave book. [A] challenging and compulsively readable novel.” —Quill & Quire
The Book of Stanley
“Babiak has a keen eye for human foibles and our willful blindness of our own self-delusions.” —Edmonton Journal
“Todd Babiak is my new favourite social satirist.” —Toronto Star
“[A] mix of tenderness, kookiness, and high-spirited blasphemy…The Book of Stanley gives us a divinity for our noisy, coarse times.” —The Gazette
“Babiak skewers all and sundry…with relentless good humour and keen wit. The strong cast of characters and sense of unpredictability will keep most readers plunging through the brief, almost capsule-like chapters.” —National Post
The Garneau Block
“This novel is fast-paced, savvy, bursting with vivid characters. Satire that sucker punches everything sacred. Babiak comes out swinging.” —Lisa Moore, author of Caught
“As only the best writers can, Todd Babiak has taken a small patch of turf and, through sparkling satire and a passionate eye, made it a world. A neighborhood in Edmonton is about to get a lot of honorary citizens.” — Ian McGillis, author of A Tourist’s Guide to Glengarry
“Mr. Babiak is blazing a trail—every city should have a story like this.”— Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
“Babiak’s language isn’t lofty, but dense with keen observation—highlighting the beauty, kindness, cynicism, sense of humour and contradiction found in many Edmontonians, most Canadians and modern life in general.” —Ottawa Citizen