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GREEN - Doubleday Canada Publishing Group

The Starless Sea
A Novel
By (author): Erin Morgenstern
9780385686228 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Women Nov 05, 2019
$36.95 CAD
Active 6.5 x 9.52 x 1.5 in 512 pages Doubleday Canada
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus,a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood.

Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

Story Locale: New York, NY

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER: Erin’s debut novel, The Night Circus, is a phenomenon with over 150K copies sold in Canada. Translated into thirty-seven languages, it won an Alex Award and is currently in development with Lionsgate as both a feature film and stage play.

BACKLIST PUSH: Anchor will have The Night Circus front and centre leading up to pub with an ad and excerpt of The Starless Sea at the end.

FAN FAVOURITE: Erin is beloved by critics, fellow authors and fans. She toured extensively for The Night Circus, has built a wide network of supportive fellow authors, and has a deeply engaged fan base that she keeps up with on social media.

A PERFECT FOLLOW-UP: The Starless Sea takes much of what fans loved about The Night Circus—the imaginative world-building, the magic, the mouth-watering detail—and brings these elements to a new realm. The Starless Sea is a big, ambitious, rich, layered, smart, meaty novel full of Easter eggs for literature lovers, video gamers and fantasy fans.

ERIN MORGENSTERN is the author of The Night Circus, a number-one international bestseller that has been sold around the world and translated into thirty-seven languages. She has a degree in Theatre from Smith College and lives in Massachusetts.

Author Residence: West Stockbridge, MA

Author Hometown: Massachusetts


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Publicity: Toronto fan event + 1-2 additional markets

Features/interviews to include Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Elle, Chatelaine, CBC radio


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Author Social Media: Facebook: @erinmorgensternbooks; Twitter and Instagram: @erinmorgenstern

Praise for The Night Circus:

“We’re making a bold statement here—and we’re calling it early—Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus is the fiction book of the year.”—Chapters Indigo

“It’s a world whose mystique and enigma is hard to shake off, and that invites multiple visits.” —National Post

“A book that stops you in your tracks…tears you open and leaves you gasping…. A book that makes the hair on your arms stand on end, and that has you picking up the phone or sending a text to tell everyone you know, ’You have to read this.’…One of those rare, wonderful, transcendent books that, upon finishing, you want to immediately start again…. The Night Circus welcomes all visitors.” —The Globe and Mail


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