New Star Wars Books from Abrams

Exciting News! 

Entertainment Weekly has revealed two very forceful Spring 2018 ABRAMS titles!

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The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story

(ISBN 978-1-4197-2745-0)

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 The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures and Aliens

(ISBN 978-1-4197-2819-8)

Check out the full story (and other upcoming Star Wars titles) here. And be sure to watch the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, which premiered during the Super Bowl.



Tomorrow, @rachael_allen, author of A Taxonomy of Love will be in Toronto for @LaineyGossip's first #AudibleBookClub! See details in link below!

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday March 20th at 6:30 p.m. ET to listen in on LaineyGossip's first ever Audible Book Club, where she has selected Rachael Allen's novel, A Taxonomy of Love as the inaugural book club pick!

Even more exciting, Rachael Allen will be attending the event and answering questions about the book! Simply tweet Lainey your questions using the #AudibleBookClub hashtag and tune in for Rachael's answer!

Full instructions on how to participate here.




The Longlist for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction ANNOUNCED!

Today the longlist for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Bailey's Prize) was announced!

We are incredibly proud to see two of Manda's titles on the list: When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy (Atlantic Books) and A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert (Little, Brown UK).

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The shortlist will be announced on April 23 and the winner on June 6.

Follow the link to see the whole longlist:



Finalists for the 2018 James Beard Book Awards ANNOUNCED

On March 14th, the finalists for the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Awards were announced for the following categories: American; Baking and Desserts; Beverage; General;  Health and Specialty Diets; International; Photography; Reference, History, and Scholarship; Restaurant and Professional; Single Subject; Vegetable-Focused Cooking; and Writing. And with only three finalists per-category, the competition is fierce!

We are so thrilled to see so many of our incredible titles among these nominees. 

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Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: The New Home Cooking
By: Christopher Kimball (Little, Brown and Company) 

By: Anya von Bremzen and Megan Fawn Schlow (Abrams)

The Palestinian Table
By: Reem Kassis (Phaidon) 

Cook Beautiful
By: Johnny Miller (Abrams)

Simple Fare: Spring and Summer
By: Karen Mordechai (Abrams)

Restaurant and Professional
On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen
By: Jeremy Fox and Noah Galuten (Phaidon)

The Taste of Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World
By: Lizzie Collingham (Basic Books)

Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life
By: Emily Kaiser Thelin (Grand Central Life & Style)

On April 27th, 2018, the winners will be announced, as well as the winner of the Book of the Year Award and the Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee. Good luck to all nominees!
Full list here.



8 Reasons Why Molly Yeh Loves Yogurt More Than LIFE

This week on Healthyish from Bon Appetit, find out the 8 reasons why Molly Yeh loves yogurt more than LIFE!

"Writing Short Stack Yogurt was some of the most fun I’ve had in the kitchen because even though I was wild about yogurt already, cooking with it every day for six months led me to discover tons of new uses and quirks about it. I went through about a million tubs of a few different varieties of yogurt, and I’m proud to say that I’m not even close to being sick of it."

 Full article here!




Nebula Awards Announced

The nominations for this year's Nebula Awards have been announced, and Orbit has three titles on the ballot for the Best Novel accolade!

THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin

SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty

JADE CITY by Fonda Lee

A total of seven books appear on the Best Novel ballot this year, and Orbit has the most nominees of any publisher. This is also the highest number of Orbit titles to appear on a single Nebula Award for Best Novel ballot. Orbit authors have previously won two Nebula Awards for Best Novel—Kim Stanley Robinson for 2312 and Ann Leckie for ANCILLARY JUSTICE.

The winners will be announced at the 2018 SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, the weekend of May 19th. See the full list of nominees.



Starred Review: Seb and the Sun by Canadian author Jami Gigot

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Seb is determined to find some light for his sleepy coastal town. It is so far north, the sun does not shine in winter and the days are cold, dreary, and dark as night. So Seb embarks on a mission to find the sun. Along with his friend Walrus, he makes a plan, collects supplies, and rows far out to sea. Will Seb be able to find the sun and bring its light and warmth back to his town?

The kind of book that could easily become a lifelong favourite.
— The Quill and Quire


Interview: Zing Tsjeng on FORGOTTEN WOMEN throughout history


Interview: Zing Tsjeng on FORGOTTEN WOMEN throughout history

In this fantastic interview with The Evening Standard, Broadly editor and author of the FORGOTTEN WOMEN series, Zing Tsjeng explains her thoughts on all the female heroes history forgot and why she believes their stories must be told.

"Her books, Forgotten Women, The Scientists and The Leaders, are about trying to shift the emphasis of history."

Follow the link here for the full article:

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The Six Basketball Books You Need to Read This Month

Ah, March—that time of year in Canada when snow gives way to (brief) days of sun and shine, Spring is just around the corner…and of course, March Madness. Odds are that you know one (or more) person who really does go a bit crazy for March Madness, employing a range of complex mathematical formulas to help pick their favoured bracket and the team they project to win. But for those of us who can find ourselves feeling a little overwhelmed with all of this, never fear—in times like this, books can be your best friend and give you all the knowledge you’ll need to hold your own in “sports talk” and pass yourself as a bonafide basketball expert. Where can I find such books, you may ask?

Well, a great starting point would be Shea Serrano’s Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, and Illustrated, complete with everything you’d want to know about basketball history, rules of the game, and a range of debates that have raged between the sports’ most ardent fans (plus some really great illustrations). Of course, there’s also the classic essential guide to basketball’s best players of all time (and for the younger sports fan in your life, you can’t go wrong with the Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Who Basketball).

If you’re more into the personal side of the sport, these memoirs offer an inside look at both college and professional level basketball—including this one from Metta World Peace himself.

One thing is clear—whether you’re planning on following March Madness like nothing else matters or prefer to simply learn about the sport from the comfort of your favourite reading chair, there’s plenty out there to satisfy all your basketball needs!



Tin Men by Mike Knowles

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Knowles brings the same eye for detail in these new characters that has made the Wilson novels so popular, turning them from stereotypes into humanly flawed people. And the story is downright gripping, even when the darkness begins to feel overwhelming. Readers biding their time between novels by Dennis Lehane and Don Winslow should check out Knowles.
— Booklist




Author Events and Hot Titles from Hachette Book Group


Canadian author Vicki Grant signed copies of her latest YA novel, 36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU, on Feb 2 at the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference for an eager crowd of library staff, teachers and fans! 

Canadian authors Miles Cameron, Nicholas Eames and Sebastien de Castell discussed their latest books and more during an entertaining and informative fantasy panel event at Bakka Phoenix Books on Feb 3. 


Named one of the “Most Anticipated Books of 2018” by Entertainment Weekly

With undertones of award-winning TV hit Big Little Lies, the author gets inside each woman’s head to unravel a tale of female friendships…
— HELLO Canada Magazine

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The Globe and Mail shares a detailed and positive review of Saadia Zahidi’s FIFTY MILLION RISING on Feb 1: “And this is the gist of the captivating book Fifty Million Rising […] Zahidi is able to seamlessly weave number crunching with personal interviews of Muslim women who are leading the transformation of their societies. In doing so, she is able to bring forth the beauty of individual trees, while sketching the contours of the emerging forest.” [ATTACHED] (Nation Books / HC: 9781568585901, $36.50 / E: 9781568585918, $22.99 / Publicist: DN)

Award-winning economist Saadia Zahidi tracks the quiet revolution that is radically reshaping the Muslim world: the 50 million women who have entered the workforce and are upending their countries' economies and societies.

And this is the gist of the captivating book Fifty Million Rising […] Zahidi is able to seamlessly weave number crunching with personal interviews of Muslim women who are leading the transformation of their societies. In doing so, she is able to bring forth the beauty of individual trees, while sketching the contours of the emerging forest.
— The Globe and Mail

Here’s your chance to meet John and Bobby Kennedy, Nixon, Eisenhower, Kefauver, LBJ, and Joe McCarthy. Jake Tapper puts you right back in the 50s. At the same time, Tapper has written a superior thriller I couldn’t stop reading. To be completely honest, though, Jake Tapper is an irritating bastard. Journalists like him are supposed to be writing dusty non-fiction tomes that help us get to sleep, not thrillers that keep us up half the night. THE HELLFIRE CLUB is a hell of a good read. Now Tapper should return to writing non-fiction.
— James Patterson

Oluo’s bluntness at times makes for difficult reading, which in itself makes it a worthwhile experience. Maybe you’re not as woke as you think.
— Toronto Star



Strong Reviews for ME, ME, ME by Annika Dunklee and Lori Joy Smith


Best friends Annie, Lillemor and Lilianne decide to enter the talent show at school. But when ideas clash, the girls must learn the importance of teamwork and cooperation.


A pleasing morality tale on the importance of friendship and teamwork.
— Kirkus Reviews
This title will resonate with kids and encourage them to embrace teamwork and inclusiveness in their daily lives.
— School Library Journal, June 2017


2018 - Rainforest of Reading Award, OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation, Short-listed



New Children's Books from Sterling Publishing

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Gloria's Voice by Aura Lewis

9781454926665 | March 2018

Using gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this biography of Gloria Steinem introduces young readers to the leader of the women's liberation movement. Throughout, debut author and artist Aura Lewis highlights Gloria's message of equality and the importance of believing in oneself.

Marigold & Daisy by Andrea Zuill

9781454922933 | NOW AVAILABLE

Everyone's enchanted with Marigold's new baby sister. Could it be . . . she has some sort of superpower? Kids will love this sibling story with a fun twist.

... lively speech balloons offer opportunities for humorous voice impressions for added read-aloud enjoyment. Good for new older siblings.
— Kirkus Reviews

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Bagel in Love by author Natasha Wing and illustrator Helen Dardik

9781454922391 | NOW AVAILABLE

Tap-dancing bagels? Oodles of fun? Then this is the book for you!... Humorous, lighthearted fare with a heartening ending and chuckle-worthy jokes.
— Booklist
A romance for carb (and pun!) lovers who dance to their own drummers and don’t give up on their dreams.
— Kirkus Reviews

A Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert

9781454925118 | NOW AVAILABLE

...A fun blend of realistic and ridiculous that will appeal to a broad audience.
— Kirkus Reviews
This fun read is guaranteed to put a
spring in any reader’s step.
— Booklist
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Kids' Indie Next List Spring 2018

Fantastic news! GHOST BOYS is #1 on the Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List!

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And LBYR titles represent in the major list categories:

Additional Top Picks


HELLO LIGHTHOUSE by Sophie Blackall 





Exciting TV news for Stephanie Meyer's THE CHEMIST!

Exciting news just in for Stephenie Meyer’s THE CHEMIST! reports that THE CHEMIST will be adapted into a TV series by Tomorrow studios.

Tomorrow studios is behind the TNT drama series Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery, and Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, as well as Hanna for Amazon Studios.

Read the full details here.

 ( The Chemist ; Back Bay Books; July 11, 2017; ISBN: 978-0-316-38784-2)

(The Chemist; Back Bay Books; July 11, 2017; ISBN: 978-0-316-38784-2)




Portugal (9781681121475) Named One of the Ten Best Graphic Novels of 2017

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Portugal (NBM Publishing, 9781681121475)

Portugal (NBM Publishing, 9781681121475), previously named one of The Washington Post's Ten Best Graphic Novels of 2017, was reviewed by the Onion's AV Club on January 17. “Digging into the past shows him how to move forward, and Pedrosa turns Simon’s self-discovery into a beautiful journey through a foreign country full of wonders. There’s remarkable precision in the artwork, with each location and character rendered in lush detail.”

The book also received **starred reviews** from both Library Journal (February 1) and Publishers Weekly (January 1). LJ says, "this masterpiece is actually even better than the hype," and PW calls it "a tour de force." 


From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer's block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn't seen since his childhood. Even though he is a foreigner there, so many elements of the country are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens and recounting early memoreis brought by back his distant yet welcoming family all prove reinvigorating—the breath of fresh air he so badly needed. Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This bestselling graphic novel has sold more than 100,000 copies in France and a has won many prizes, including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.



Three Starred Reviews for Monet: Iterant of Light

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Monet: Iterant of Light (NBM, 9781681121390)

Publishers Weekly

Monet: Iterant of Light (NBM, 9781681121390) received a **starred review** online on January 5. "This evocative homage to one of the titans of modern art is both a collectible and a joy to read. [...] The quality of the loving production make this a landmark in serious comics about art."

Library Journal

Monet (NBM, 9781681121390) received a **starred review** in print and online on December 8. "This beautiful, evocative story will please fans of biography, art history, and impressionism. Highly recommended."


Monet (NBM, 9781681121390) received a **starred review** in the November 15 issue, in print and online. "Because Efa injects so much of Monet into his own style and Rubio presents fact as fact and conjecture as conjecture, many may think this the best of the many recent comics biographies of artists."




More National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

Last week The National Book Critics Circle announced its 30 finalists for the outstanding books of 2017. Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 15th!

Here are the nominated books from our publishers:


Adam Rutherford, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes (The Experiment, 9781615194049)


Edmund Gordon, The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography (Oxford, 9780190626846)


Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir (Abrams, 9781419718779)


Nuar Alsadir, Fourth Person Singular (Oxford University Press, 9781786940193) 

Frank Ormsby, The Darkness of Snow (Wake Forest University Press, 9781930630826)




Orbit Nominated for The Philip K. Dick Award!

REVENGER by Alastair Reynolds (Orbit TP, 9780316555562) and SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty (Orbit TP, 9780316389686) have been nominated for The Philip K. Dick Award! The award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust and honors distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form. This year's award will be presented on Friday, March 30th as part of the Norwescon science fiction convention.


Winner of the 2017 Locus Award

Revenger is a rocket-fueled tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism... and of vengeance...

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest crew members of the legendary Captain Rackamore's ship, using their mysterious powers as Bone Readers to find clues about their next score. But there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen, in particular.

The galaxy is filled with treasures... if you have the courage to find them.


On a space ship far from earth, someone is murdering the crew. And the crew's newly awakened clones will have to find their killer--before he strikes again!

Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently...