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Bina
A Novel in Warnings
By (author): Anakana Schofield
9780735273214 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary May 14, 2019
$29.95 CAD
Active 5.9 x 8.56 x 1.1 in 336 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
The extraordinary new novel from the acclaimed writer whose previous book, Martin John, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and whose debut, Malarky, won the Amazon First Novel Award.

“My name is Bina and I’m a very busy woman. That’s Bye-na, not Beena. I don’t know who Beena is but I expect she’s having a happy life. I don’t know who you are, or the state of your life. But if you’ve come all this way here to listen to me, your life will undoubtedly get worse. I’m here to warn you…”

So begins this “novel in warnings”—an unforgettable tour de force in the voice of an ordinary-extraordinary woman who has simply had enough. Through the character of Bina, who is writing out her story on the backs of discarded envelopes, Anakana Schofield filters a complex moral universe filled with humour and sadness, love and rage, and the consolations, obligations and mysteries of lifelong friendship. A work of great power, skill, and transformative empathy from a unique and astonishing writer, whose previous book, Martin John, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and whose debut, Malarky, won the Amazon First Novel Award.

“Anakana Schofield’s Bina is a fiction of the rarest and darkest kind, a work whose pleasures must be taken measure for measure with its pains. Few writers operate the scales of justice with more precision, and Schofield is no less exacting in what she chooses to weigh. The novel’s themes—male violence, the nature of moral courage, the contemporary problems of truth and individuality, the status of the female voice—could hardly be more timely or germane. Schofield’s sense of injustice is unblinking and without illusion, yet her writing is so vivacious, so full of interest and lust for life: she is the most compassionate of storytellers, wearing the guise of the blackest comedian.”—Rachel Cusk, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Outline and Transit

“Intimate, disarming, and riotous, Bina is a searing exploration of one woman’s soul that unwinds like a reluctant confession. Whether Bina is rescuing a ne’er-do-well from a ditch, taking a hammer to a plane or considering the dark request of her best friend, Schofield has created a compelling, practical everywoman—someone who has had enough and is ready to make a spectacle.”—Eden Robinson, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Son of a Trickster and Monkey Beach

“Insightful. Inventive. Hilarious. Genius.”—Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, and The Lesser Bohemians, winner of the James Tait Memorial Prize

Story Locale: Ireland

BREAK-OUT BINA: Anakana is part of the next generation of Canadian literary superstars. After the massive critical success of Martin John, this is Anakana’s first book with a major publisher. She is poised to reach a much wider audience with this voice-driven masterpiece.

INTERNATIONAL CRED: Martin John earned rave reviews the world over, including major international prize nominations and best-of-the-year lists. Bina is the first of a two-book deal with Knopf Canada, and we expect this book to travel well beyond our borders.

IMPORTANT SOCIAL NOVEL FOR OUR TIMES: Bina takes on the fraught but hugely important issue of the right to die and assisted suicide, as well as related themes of class and power. Like Martin John, Anakana’s approach is incendiary but also uncanny in the way it speaks to our present moment.

ANAKANA SCHOFIELD is the author of the acclaimed, Giller Prize-shortlisted novel Martin John (2015), which was also a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize in the UK, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and named a best book of the year by the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Sunday Business Post, Toronto Star, and The Irish Times, among others. Her debut novel Malarky (2012) won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in the United States, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her writing and reviews have appeared in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Globe and Mail, National Post, London Review of Books blog, and The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Author Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

Author Hometown: Ireland

Marketing: Readers Group Guide for book clubs

Promotional item for booksellers

Social media advertising

Publicity: Hoping for major review coverage in outlets like The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star

BC tour in mid to late May

Media coverage: National radio interviews like CBC-The Next Chapter and BC media

Book launch in Vancouver

Will pitch to the BC Book Fair in February in Victoria

Pitch to the fall festivals

Drop-in signings in Vancouver

Extensive galley review mailing

Author Website: anakanaschofield.com

Author Social Media: @AnakanaSchofiel

“Anakana Schofield’s Bina is a fiction of the rarest and darkest kind, a work whose pleasures must be taken measure for measure with its pains. Few writers operate the scales of justice with more precision, and Schofield is no less exacting in what she chooses to weigh. The novel’s themes—male violence, the nature of moral courage, the contemporary problems of truth and individuality, the status of the female voice—could hardly be more timely or germane. Schofield’s sense of injustice is unblinking and without illusion, yet her writing is so vivacious, so full of interest and lust for life: she is the most compassionate of storytellers, wearing the guise of the blackest comedian.”—Rachel Cusk, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Outline and Transit

“Intimate, disarming, and riotous, Bina is a searing exploration of one woman’s soul that unwinds like a reluctant confession. Whether Bina is rescuing a ne’er-do-well from a ditch, taking a hammer to a plane or considering the dark request of her best friend, Schofield has created a compelling, practical everywoman—someone who has had enough and is ready to make a spectacle.”—Eden Robinson, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Son of a Trickster and Monkey Beach

“Insightful. Inventive. Hilarious. Genius.”—Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, and The Lesser Bohemians, winner of the James Tait Memorial Prize

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