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    Una Vida Ednita Nazario
    9780399583001 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: April 25, 2017
    $23.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.72 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Celebra
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      The long-awaited memoir by Ednita Nazario invites readers to take an intimate look at the experiences that shaped her as an artist while offering a fascinating account of her journey from local child star to musical icon of the Latin world.

      Fans of Ednita Nazario will feast on the never-before-told story of her incredible journey from a young, rising star in Puerto Rico to international music sensation. This riveting, personal memoir intimately traces Ednita’s steps all the way from her humble beginnings performing in small talent shows in the city of Ponce to singing on the legendary stages of Broadway and Carnegie Hall. Readers will get a closer look at the ups and downs of her decades-long, award-winning career and dive deep into her confessions about love, divorce, and motherhood. The woman whose talent took her across the world and into the hearts of millions of fans finally reveals the struggles that were often dealt with in silence—until now.

      Story Locale: Puerto Rico, New York, and Miami
      Ednita Nazario is a Puerto Rican-born singer whose incredible career began at age six. Since then, she’s traveled the world and touched the hearts of millions of fans through her music. In the 80’s and 90’s, Ednita’s songs graced the top of every Latin chart, and in 2004 she headlined a tour that took her all the way to Carnegie Hall. Today, she continues to have a stronghold in the Latin music industry and runs her own production company, Entertainment Unlimited. In 2016 she received the prestigious Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award, recognizing her large body of work and her contributions to the music industry.

      Author Residence: Puerto Rico and Miami, FL

      Author Hometown: Ponce, Puerto Rico
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    9781785861925 Hardcover PERFORMING ARTS / Film On Sale Date: June 06, 2017
    $25.99 CAD 8.2 x 11.3 x 0.5 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Canadian Rights: Y Titan Comics
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      Alien: Covenant is the long-awaited sequel to the Alien franchise, and Alien: Covenant – Official Collector’s Edition brings you everything you need to know about Ridley Scott’s latest masterpiece!

      When a shipload of human colonists investigates an apparently habitable planet, they have no idea of the horror they are about to discover. But the biggest danger may perhaps come from a more unexpected source…

      Alien: Covenant – Official Souvenir Edition brings you all you need to know about the making of the blockbuster movie, including stunning photography and exclusive concept art, and interviews with cast and crew including Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave), James Franco (127 Hours, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Spotlight), and Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Steve Jobs).
      Titan Magazines has been creating officially licensed entertainment tie-in magazines and books for over 30 years, and has produced hundreds of official special editions on all licenses, from Star Wars to Star Trek, X-Files, Buffy: the Vampire Slayer, 24, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood, Supernatural and many, many more major movie and TV properties.
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      “Alien has been called the most influential of action movies, and so it is.” Roger Ebert

      “I recognize how few horror movies I’ve seen before or since [Alien] that ever manage to capture such a tangible sense of menace.” - Salon

      “[Prometheus is] a magnificent science fiction film, all the more intriguing because it raises questions about the origin of human life and doesn’t have the answers…a seamless blend of story, special effects and pitch-perfect casting.” - Chicago Sun-Times

      “This is jumbo-size science fiction, with a handsome, impermeable titanium gleam - and a thick coating of creationism lite.” - Entertainment
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    Hollow Land Israel's Architecture of Occupation Eyal Weizman
    9781786634481 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy On Sale Date: July 04, 2017
    $33.00 CAD 6.1 x 9.3 x 1 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Verso
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      Acclaimed exploration of the political space created by Israel’s colonial occupation

      This new edition of the classic work on the politics of architecture—and the architecture of politics—appears on the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War, which expanded Israel’s domination over Palestinian lands.

      From the tunnels of Gaza to the militarized airspace of the Occupied Territories, Eyal Weizman unravels Israel’s mechanisms of control and its transformation of Palestinian homes into a war zone under constant surveillance. This is essential reading for those seeking to understand how architecture and infrastructure are used as lethal weapons in the formation of Israel.

      Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he directs the Centre for Research Architecture and the European Research Council funded project Forensic Architecture. He is also a founder member of the collective Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the author of Hollow Land, The Least of All Possible Evils, and co-editor of A Civilian Occupation. He lives in London.

      Author Residence: London, UK

      Author Hometown: Haifa, Israel
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      “The most astonishing book on architecture that I have read in years.”
      —Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

      “A masterpiece of political analysis.”
      —James Ron, The Nation

      “Eyal Weizman has taken Edward Said’s thesis to a new level, generating extraordinary, and at times surreally uncomfortable, conclusions … Weizman’s book is of salutary interest.”
      —Jay Merrick, Independent

      “Weizman takes his readers on a tour of the visible and invisible ways in which Israel implements its control over Palestinians … Hollow Land is eloquent about the architectural chaos and confusion created by Israel in the Occupied Territories.”
      —Yonatan Mendel, London Review of Books

      “A passionate jeremiad.”

      “Eyal Weizman brilliantly deconstructs Israel’s yoking of traditionally humanist disciplines and discourse to the service of its campaign against the Palestinians. This book is chilling but essential reading.”
      —Ahdaf Soueif

      Hollow Land is a remarkably original work that confirms Eyal Weizman’s indispensable role as a critic of the sinister and ubiquitous instrumentality of space in contemporary politics and life.”
      —Michael Sorkin

      Hollow Land is a remarkable achievement. Scholarly and poetic in its epic reach, and narrated with the clarity of vision and sensibility of an artist, Hollow Land is destined to become a classic.”
      —Karma Nabulsi

      “A startling exercise in what it means to think through the axiomatics of occupation, capture and subjection … Weizman boldly attempts to create an entirely new method to conceptualize the relationship between surfaces, movement, and the tools of war.”
      —Achille Mbembe

      “A wrenching account of the multiple ways in which the land of Palestine has been hollowed out by Israeli occupation. Weizman’s stunning combination of words and images is at once a brilliant critique of the politics of space and a searing indictment of colonial rule and dispossession.”
      —Derek Gregory

      “In the decade since [the first edition of Hollow Land] came out, Weizman established the Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Beit Sahour, Palestine. The establishment of DAAR and its success highlight the tremendous impact Weizmann’s work has had since its release. Hollow Land builds upon increasing attentiveness to urban space and architecture in the social sciences, and its release is to an extent responsible for tremendous growth in this field of study.”
      —Alex Shams,Journal of Palestinian Studies
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    Series: A D.D. Warren and Flora Dane Novel
    Find Her Lisa Gardner
    9781524742263 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: June 13, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.2 x 0.98 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Dutton
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      Lisa Gardner’s runaway New York Times bestseller—a fast-paced thrill ride featuring Detective D. D. Warren

      Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

      Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

      Flora Dane is reckless …or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

      Story Locale: Boston

      Series Overview: The eighth book in Lisa Gardner’s New York Times bestselling series featuring fan favorite character Boston Detective D.D. Warren.
      Lisa Gardner is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Find Her, Fear Nothing, Catch Me, Love You More, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. She lives with her family in New England.

      Author Residence: New England
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      Maclean’s Fiction Bestseller

      Praise for Find Her

      “For years Lisa Gardner has been one of the best in the thriller business, but Find Her is something new: taut psychological suspense, an intricate mystery, emotionally devastating, ultimately empowering—a novel that should not be missed.”—Harlan Coben

      “Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors. Her fast-paced and exciting novels twist when you expect a turn and turn when you expect a twist. I cannot recommend her more.”—Karin Slaughter

      “Lisa Gardner is the master of the psychological thriller....The world of the FBI, the terror of abduction, and victim advocates blend into this tense...thriller.”—Associated Press

      “You'll read Find Her for its adrenaline-charged plot. You'll remember it for its insights into trauma and forgiveness.”—

      “A psychological thriller both chilling and emotional. Her narrative thrums with heart-pounding scenes and unexpected twists that have you furiously flipping pages.”—USA Today's Happy Ever After

      Gardner doesn’t disappoint....Longtime fans as well as those new to the series...will delight in this suspenseful offering.”—Library Journal (starred review)

      “The line between mysteries and thrillers and so-called literary fiction has always been a thin one, but contemporary writers like Lisa Gardner make that sort of arbitrary distinction seem especially foolish....Find a taut, brilliantly constructed look at the same sort of horrific situation that powered Emma Donoghue’s Room.”—Connecticut Post

      "Gardner is known for creating complex, fascinating characters....This is an incredible story.”—RT Book Reviews

      “When it comes to author Lisa Gardner, the tales she writes are always extreme gems in the literary world, and this is no exception.”Suspense

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      With labyrinthine twists and surprises on just about every turn of the page, Gardner has crafted a delight of a suspense novel.”—New York Journal of Books on Crash & Burn

      This page-turner, with its contemporary, hard-edged flavor, is sure to satisfy Gardner's ardent fan base.”—Booklist on Crash & Burn

      Expertly crafted.”—Publishers Weekly on Crash & Burn

      "Lisa Gardner delivers another gut-wrenching emotional thriller with her latest psychological tale, Crash & Burn...[her] most unpredictable novel to date.”—Associated Press

      Lisa Gardner never disappoints.”—Suspense on Crash & Burn

      Her most intriguing and complex novel to date....Only an author as talented as Gardner could make the book so intensely satisfying.”—The Huffington Post on Fear Nothing

      In this strong addition to the series, Gardner retains her place on thrillerdom's top tier.”—Booklist (starred review) on Fear Nothing
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    Series: Legend of Korra
    The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh
    9781506700151 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Media Tie-In On Sale Date: August 08, 2017
    $14.99 CAD 6.01 x 9.01 x 0.24 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 70 Canadian Rights: Y Dark Horse Books
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      Relishing their newfound feelings for each other, Korra and Asami leave the Spirit World…but find nothing in Republic City but political hijinks and human vs. spirit conflict!

      A pompous developer plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. What’s more, the triads have realigned and are in a brutal all-out brawl at the city’s borders—where hundreds of evacuees have relocated!

      In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other—but first, they’ve got to get better at being a team and a couple!

      Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Irene Koh T.M.N.T., Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, Secret Origins: Batgirl, Afrina and the Glass Coffin) and with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of The Legend of Korra!

      Series Overview: This is an original graphic novel and the first of a three-volume story arc.
      Michael Dante DiMartino is an American animation director best known as the co-creator, executive producer, and story editor of the animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, both on Nickelodeon. He was born in Shelburne, Vermont. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design with Bryan Konietzko, with whom he created Avatar. Before Avatar, Mike worked for twelve years at Film Roman, helping to direct King of the Hill, Family Guy, and Mission Hill in addition to his own animated short, Atomic Love. The author lives in Santa Monica, CA.

      Author Residence: Santa Monica, CA

      Author Hometown: Shelburne, VT
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      Praise for Avatar: The Last Airbender:

      “One of the best new pop culture mythologies to debut in the last decade.” -Evan Narcisse of

      “A fantastic glimpse into the post-series universe because it also dares to ask the important questions and never loses touch with its premise.” -Skip Harvey of
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    Shark Brian Skerry
    9781426219108 Hardcover NATURE / Animals On Sale Date: June 13, 2017
    $34.00 CAD 10.33 x 8.81 x 0.76 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Canadian Rights: Y National Geographic
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      Get closer to the beauty and power of sharks with award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry as he illustrates their remarkable evolutionary adaptations and their huge importance to marine ecosystems around the world.

      For decades, acclaimed underwater photographer Brian Skerry has braved ocean depths and the jaws of predatory giants to capture the most remarkable photographs of sharks around the world. In this collection of the best of those pictures, Skerry draws on his growing personal respect for these animals to share intimate stories of their impact. Focusing on four key species—great white, whitetip, tiger, and mako sharks—Skerry’s photographs span from his early work, photographing them from cages, to his recent unencumbered scuba dives. With additional text by top National Geographic writers, Skerry’s images and stories encourage a change in attitude toward these top predators, ultimately showing how they are the keys to the healthy balance of nature underwater.
      BRIAN SKERRY is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories. In 2014 he was named a National Geographic Photography Fellow. In 2015 Skerry was named a Nikon Ambassador, and in 2017 he received the National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award.
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      “Full of stunning underwater photography, fascinating facts and shark-reverant prose.”—Los Angeles Times

      “Brian Skerry has devoted much of his career to capturing, in his words, ‘intimate portraits’ of sharks. In his new book, Shark, you can come along for the ride to the shallow waters of Cape Cod, the shores of New Zealand’s North Island, and the mangroves of the Bahamas. This book not only lets you see these ancient predators in their native habitat, it provides the kinds of facts and context that satisfies the curiosity of novices and shark junkies alike. Driven by a sense of urgency that these species are under threat, Skerry has assembled a set of stunning images that show exactly what’s now at stake.”—Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post staff writer and author of Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks

      “Powerful images bring to life the reality of these ocean predators and the plights they face for survival…fascinating, hair-raising and inspiring…The book reminds readers that saving sharks isn't simply about doing the right thing, it's also about doing something critical to the overall health of the sea” –Mother Nature Network
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    9781506703992 Hardcover GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Video & Electronic On Sale Date: June 27, 2017
    $53.99 CAD 9.3 x 12.4 x 0.8 in | 184 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y Dark Horse Books
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      A dark force torments the enigmatic space station Talos I, and the key to survival depends not just on strength or weaponry, but on wits as well. Journey alongside Morgan Yu to explore the depths of Prey, a new science-fiction action game from the makers of Dishonored.

      Arkane Studios and Dark Horse Books are proud to present The Art of Prey. This exquisite and comprehensive collection features hundreds of pieces of gorgeous art from the development of this hotly anticipated game, showcasing Arkane’s signature world-building and attention to detail with a unique take on futuristic design.

      The comprehensive art guide to the mysterious Prey universe!

      Exclusive never before seen concept art from the development of the highly anticipated Prey!

      One of PCAdvisor and GamesRadar’s most anticipated games of 2017!

      Series Overview: This is the official artbook for the video game Prey from Bethesda Softworks.
      Bethesda Game Studios® is the award-winning development team known around the world for their groundbreaking work on the Fallout series and The Elder Scrolls series. Creators of the 2006 ’Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, the 2008 ’Game of the Year’, Fallout® 3, the 2011 ’Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, and most recently the 2015 ’Game of the Year’, Fallout® 4, Bethesda Game Studios has earned its reputation as one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished game development studios. For more information on Bethesda Game Studios, visit:

      Author Residence: Rockville MD
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    Wired Julie Garwood
    9780525954460 Hardcover FICTION / Romance On Sale Date: July 04, 2017
    $36.00 CAD 6.38 x 9.31 x 1.14 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Berkley
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      A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sexy, suspenseful new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.

      When Allison Trent isn’t working on her college degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers, and her real love is writing—and hacking—code.

      Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to find out who in his department has been leaking classified intel. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only there’s one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job.

      What Liam doesn’t know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn’t want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules, if that’s what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line…

      Story Locale: Boston, MA
      Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed—and popular—romance authors around, with nearly forty million copies of her books in print. She is the author of numerous bestsellers, including Fast Track, Hotshot, Sweet Talk, The Ideal Man, Sizzle, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, and Slow Burn. She lives near Kansas City.

      Author Residence: Kansas City
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      Praise for Julie Garwood

      “Julie Garwood is an old hand at romance. When she’s on, you can expect snappy dialogue, a fast-moving plot and a believable romance. She delivers in Hotshot.”—The Kansas City Star

      “A swift pace, electric sexual tension, an abundance of fascinating characters, and an engaging plot with plenty of action and a touch of humor make this a perfect summertime page-turner.”

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      Hotshot is Garwood’s latest captivating page- turner, a sizzling beach escape to end the summer romance season.”—
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    Leap In A Woman, Some Waves, and the Will to Swim Alexandra Heminsley
    9781681774336 Hardcover SPORTS & RECREATION / Swimming & Diving On Sale Date: July 04, 2017
    $36.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.27 x 0.89 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Pegasus Books
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      “It’s a meditative act,” they said. But it was far from meditative for Alexandra Heminsley when yet another wave slammed into her face. It was survival.

      When she laced up her shoes in Running Like a Girl, all she had to do to become a runner was to get out there and run. But swimming was something else entirely. The water was all-consuming, confusing her every move, sabotaging every breath. Determined, Alexandra would learn to adapt, find new strengths, and learn to work with the water. She does not want to stand on the beach looking at the sea any longer. She wants to leap in.

      In doing so she will learn not just how to accept herself, but how to accept what lay beyond. Soon, she will be able to see water, anywhere in the world and sense not fear but adventure. She will dive into water as she hopes to dive into life. And it has nothing to do with being “sporty” or being the correct shape for a swimsuit.

      Open water swimming is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and marathon swimming is the only sport where men and women do not race in separate categories. The water welcomes all who are willing and prepared to take part, and as Alexandra shows in her wondrous and funny book, not knowing how to do something is not necessarily a weakness—strength lies within the desire to learn. The time is now to leap in, and revel in what you thought was beyond you, discovering that it was only ever you holding you back.

      Alexandra Heminsley is a journalist, broadcaster, ghostwriter and the author of Running Like a Girl. She is the books editor for Elle UK and a contributor to the BBC. She lives in Brighton in the United Kingdom.
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      Sure to give confidence to open-water newbies who will relate to the squeamish trek through mud to a race start and navigating salty seas with leaky goggles. Those who enjoyed Heminsley’s Running like a Girl will want to read about her latest journey of self-discovery. — Booklist

      A lighthearted book to appeal to fellow swimmers. — Kirkus Reviews

      Offers inspiration for swimmers ready to take the plunge into the unknown. Best suited for aspiring swimmers or hesitant athletes who will likely relate to the close link between increasing physical fitness and strengthening emotional resilience and for fans of Diana Nyad’s Find a Way. — Library Journal
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    9780735218260 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: July 11, 2017
    $24.00 CAD 5.97 x 8.99 x 1.09 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y G.P. Putnam's Sons
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      From a fresh new voice comes a perceptive and searing debut about Apartheid South Africa, as told through the story of one unique family brought together by tragedy: The Secret Life of Bees set in Johannesburg.

      Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her attentive parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation, but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband’s death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred…until The Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin’s parents are left dead and Beauty’s daughter goes missing.

      After Robin is sent to live with her loving and affectionate but irresponsible and capricious aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, forging an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But when faced with the possibility of losing her caretaker forever, should Beauty find her daughter, Robin later makes a desperate decision that has devastating repercussions. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection.

      Told through Beauty and Robin’s alternating perspectives, the two narratives interweave to create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid South Africa. Hum If You Don’t Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

      Story Locale: Johannesburg, South Africa
      Bianca Marais holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto’s SCS, and her work has been published in World Enough and Crime. Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans. Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband.

      Author Residence: Toronto, ON

      Author Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
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      “Radiant…a stirring ode to a country’s painful maturation.” O, The Oprah Magazine

      “Richly drawn…[The characters’] journeys and eventual love poignantly demonstrate that nothing is simply black or white.”USA Today

      “In this standout debut Marais handles topics such as grief and racism with a delicate intensity that will make readers fall in love with her characters. From the first few heartfelt chapters to a fast-paced and heart-wrenching ending, Marais has created a stunning historical drama that shouldn’t be missed.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Lyrical...A captivating story about finding family in unexpected places and maintaining culture in the face of adversity.”—Library Journal (starred review)

      “Bianca Marais’ new novel, which was inspired by her own life, will sweep you up and not let you go until the final page.”—, Must Read Summer Books of 2017

      “A satisfying emotional journey.”—Kirkus Reviews

      "A deeply compelling story of love, loss, racism, sacrifice, and family." --Hello Giggles

      “Breathtaking...Intense, powerful and moving, Hum If You Don't Know the Words is an exalting anthem of love, family and humanity.”—Shelf Awareness

      “With its vivid, emotional scene-setting, alternating narration and tense plotting, this novel is a thoughtful, compelling page-turner.” –

      “[Marais] brings her homeland to life with compelling descriptions of both city and rural life and the great divide that separated people during the apartheid era.” Cedar Rapids Gazette

      One of Real Simple's Best New Books to Read This Month

      Chosen as one of Library Journal's Writers To Watch and New York Post's Required Reading

      “An important contribution to literature about racism in South's a powerful story and one with a perspective many of us haven't read.”—Terry McMillan, New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and I Almost Forgot About You

      “Bianca Marais’s compassionate debut paints a picture of the alternately beautiful and tragic strategies we humans employ to meet our needs for love. Hum If You Don’t Know the Wordstakes us into the human heart’s wiliness as it attempts to survive the frontal attack of racism. While the attack is a sin, the response is wondrous and wounding and an illustration of the resiliency that can transcend the color of a person’s skin.”—Rebecca Wells, author of The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

      “Bianca Marais’s stunning debut offers an evocative and thought-provoking look at the unlikely relationship between two South Africans. Set against a backdrop of apartheid-era South Africa, Marais illuminates the experiences of both black and white South Africans during one of the bloodiest periods in the country’s history and gives us an emotionally powerful and historically important story about forgiveness, love and redemption.”—Tara Conklin, author of The House Girl

      “Bianca Marais’s compelling debut novel is a heartrending coming-of-age tale that not only illuminates the horrors of apartheid South Africa but also speaks with unmistakable relevance to the racism of our own times.”—Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Fates and Traitors

      “Beautiful and tragic, intimate and sweeping, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words is a gorgeous debut novel. You don’t read this story, you live it. Bianca Marais creates characters with such love and compassion they nearly walk off the page.”—Tish Cohen, bestselling author of Town House and The Truth About Delilah Blue

      “I read this book in a gallop, compelled to discover the intertwined fates of its tragic heroine, Beauty Mbali, and her young orphaned charge. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is an exciting and compassionate novel about a period of devastating cruelty in South African history. With passion and grace Marais makes the political personal and the personal intimate.”—Meira Cook, author of Nightwatching and The House on Sugarbush Road

      “Bianca Marais parts the curtain on an unexpected view of Apartheid-era South Africa in this gutsy, surprising, and richly imagined tale. It will be a long time before the reader forgets the novel’s compelling characters, and the tremendous determination, yearning, and humanity with which they navigate complex emotional landscapes in their intersecting quests for connection, family, and justice.”—Ania Szado, bestselling author of Studio Saint-Ex

      “Expertly crafted, both lyrical and gripping, with some truly poignant moments especially pertaining to parenthood.”—Emma Hooper, author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James

      “Bianca Marais has written a haunting and moving novel of Apartheid South Africa that held me in its thrall from beginning to end. Against a backdrop of legislated racism, Marais brilliantly entwines two disparate voices in a searing story of love, loss and recovery. Masterful and memorable.”—Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

      “A classic loss-of-innocence story with a striking social backdrop…Well-researched and dosed with humor and humility.” –Seattle Times

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