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The Saturday Night Ghost Club
A Novel
By (author): Craig Davidson
9780735274822 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Aug 14, 2018
$27.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8.3 x 1 in 272 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
An infectious and heartbreaking novel from “one of this country’s great kinetic writers” (Globe and Mail)—Craig Davidson’s first new literary fiction since his bestselling, Giller-shortlisted Cataract City

When neurosurgeon Jake Baker operates, he knows he’s handling more than a patient’s delicate brain tissue—he’s altering their seat of consciousness, their golden vault of memory. And memory, Jake knows well, can be a tricky thing.

When growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls, a.k.a. Cataract City—a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place—one of Jake’s closest confidantes was his uncle Calvin, a sweet but eccentric misfit enamored of occult artefacts and outlandish conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turned twelve, Calvin invited him to join the “Saturday Night Ghost Club”—a seemingly light-hearted project to investigate some of Cataract City’s more macabre urban myths. Over the course of that life-altering summer, Jake not only fell in love and began to imagine his future, he slowly, painfully came to realize that his uncle’s preoccupation with chilling legends sprang from something buried so deep in his past that Calvin himself was unaware of it.

By turns heartwarming and devastating, written with the skill and cinematic immediacy that has made Craig Davidson a star, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a bravura performance from one of our most remarkable literary talents: a note-perfect novel that poignantly examines the fragility and resilience of mind, body and human spirit, as well as the haunting mutability of memory and story.

Story Locale: Niagara Falls

FIRST MAJOR FICTION SINCE CATARACT CITY: The novel inhabits the same universe as Davidson’s Giller-nominated bestseller.

MODERN NOSTALGIA: The heightened world of Cataract City, where the novel takes place, has a vintage, cinematic atmosphere reminiscent of Steven Spielberg or the Netflix series Stranger Things.

PROFILE ON THE RISE: Coming on the heels of his successful memoir Precious Cargo (2016)

LITERARY CHOPS: Davidson is a beloved author in-house and throughout the Canadian literary scene.

CRAIG DAVIDSON was born and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls. He has published four previous books of literary fiction: Rust and Bone, which was made into an Golden Globe-nominated feature film of the same name, The Fighter, Sarah Court, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated Cataract City. Davidson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his articles and journalism have been published in the National Post, Esquire, GQ, The Walrus, and The Washington Post, among other places. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his partner and their child.

Author Residence: Toronto, ON

Marketing: Targeted social media advertising

Map of Cataract City for bookseller display



Publicity: - author tour in Toronto and Southern Ontario

- national review mailing

- launch event in Toronto and possible second launch in Niagara Falls

- Fall 2018 literary festivals

Author Website: craigdavidson.net

Praise for Craig Davidson:

“Craig Davidson is one of this country’s great kinetic writers.”—Steven Beattie, The Globe and Mail

“[O]ne of Canada’s most talented novelists.”—Erie Media

“Craig Davidson’s superb storytelling skills, extreme plotlines and unabashedly masculine take on human conflict have distinguished him from many of his literary contemporaries.”—Quill & Quire

“[T]here’s a beauty in the filth, captured by Davidson’s laser beam descriptions.”—Deborah Dundas, Toronto Star

“[T]he characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout…. [Cataract City] lives up to its promise.”—Publishers Weekly

“I can’t think of another prose stylist out there as visceral and kinetic as Davidson—there is plenty of brutality within these pages but it’s described in such wonderfully textured and precise language as to render it utterly compelling.”—Doug Johnstone, The Independent

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