The Best We Could Do!

Incredible News! 

Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen – who gave a wonderful blurb for The Best We Could Do – was the featured author in The New York Times Book Review's 'By the Book' column this weekend, and he gave a great shout out to The Best We Could Do! It is his first pick for 'books worthy of reading in 2017'.




Javaka Steptoe Wins the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal

After Javaka Steptoe wins the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal & the 2017 Coretta Scott King Award for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

By Javaka Steptoe

October 25, 2016 | ISBN: 9780316213882



Essence (circ.1,050,000) "Top 10 Books of the Year Best"

Washington Post Best Book

Washington Post Best Book December

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids

Chicago Public Library Best Book for Kids

Publishers Weekly Best Book

Kirkus Reviews Best Book

Amazon Best Book November

School Library Journal Best Book

Horn Book Fanfare Best Book 2016

NPR Best Books 2016


“An excellent read aloud.” —BOOKLIST

“Visually arresting and vibrantly narrated.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Stellar bookmaking—a riveting portrait of a young artist.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS

“A tour de force that will introduce an important artist to a new generation.” —THE HORN BOOK 

“Offers a new generation a fittingly powerful introduction to an artistic luminary.” —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

 “Young artists will find inspiration in Javaka Steptoe’s beautiful, energetic picture-book.” —SHELF AWARENESS




A Man Called Ove

Exciting News! A MAN CALLED OVE has received two Oscar nominations (Best foreign language film and Best makeup and hairstyling)! Watch the trailer here

The film will be releasing in Canada on February 17 at Cineplex Varsity Theatre, Toronto.

(6/16/2015; TP: 9781444775815; $15.99)



Hachette Book Group Highlights reveals the “gorgeous, explosive” cover and an excerpt of Claudia Gray’s DEFY THE STARS. (hardcover: 9780316394031)

“With THE STONE SKY, Jemisin wraps up one of the most impressive and celebrated trilogies in recent memory”, praises The National Post in an article on ‘2017’s best speculative fiction reads’ on Jan 10. (Orbit / TP: 9780316229241, $22.49)

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The National Post includes RISE OF THE DUNGEON MASTER by David Kushner in a list of five graphic novels to look for in 2017. (Nation Books / TP: 9781568585598, $22.49)




2017 Edgar Award Nominations

On January 19, 2017, Mystery Writers of America announced the Nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016. We're pleased to note that we have threee authors nominated this year - Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall for Best Novel, Joe Ide’s IQ for Best First Novel and Monica Hesse's Girl in the Blue Coat for Best YA Novel.  The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at the 71st Gala Banquet, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. And, for all those book-nerd buffs, this year marks the 208th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe!

Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley

New York Times Bestseller

From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members--including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot--the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.

Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.


by Joe Ide

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch.
They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he's forced to take on clients that can pay.
This time, it's a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.


Girl in the Blue Coat
by Monica Hesse

The nationally bestselling, critically-acclaimed story of bravery, grief, and love in WWII-now in paperback.

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person--a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel about bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.






LPG Award Winners

The Midnight Games (9781894987967) by David Neil Lee has won the Kerry Schooley Award for the book which best captures the spirit of Hamilton. 



When Nate sneaks into Ivor Wynne Stadium to check out the midnight games that are keeping his neighborhood up at night, he knew something wasn’t right, but he had no idea how strange—and deadly—things would be. He has stumbled upon one of the rituals of the Resurrection Church of the Ancients, and soon his days and nights are dogged by ancient books, giant centipedes, and geometric curses that bring death down upon you in the form of glowing hounds. In this thrilling young adult novel, set in gritty, postindustrial Hamilton, David Neil Lee blends the rich horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the pace of a modern mystery. 

A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (9781928088110) by Stuart Ross has won the 4th Annual Kitty Lewis Hazel Millar Dennis Tourbin Poetry Prize!


Elegiac, bittersweet and generous of spirit – a major poet’s most beautiful work to date. Always willing to take aesthetic and artistic risks, Stuart Ross is the author of some of Canada’s most daring, and also most rewarding, poetry. Long celebrated for his surreal narratives and humorous wordplay, here Ross focuses more intensely on intimate subject matter – investigating the often complex, often absurd, but always powerful connections between loved ones. The care and delicacy with which he renders these portraits of family members, friends, mentors – and even himself – is nothing short of arresting. And readers – both those familiar with his work and those new to it – will admire the dexterity with which he juxtaposes such pieces with more audacious inventions. 



Gestalten: New Releases

New Release

One Year on a Bike 

Martijn Doolaard traded the convenience of a car and the distractions of daily life for a cross-continental cycling journey: a biped adventure that would take him from Amsterdam to Singapore. One Year on a Bike indulges in slow travel, the subtlety of a gradually changing landscape, and the lessons learned on the journey.

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Hachette Book Group January Press!


CBC Books includes GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER by Sarah Knight in their list of books to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions on Jan 6. (LB / HC: 9780316505079, $24.99)

The Toronto Star’s “Arrivals” section includes reviews of Stephenie Meyer’s THE CHEMIST and Jessica Treadway’s HOW WILL I KNOW YOU? on Jan 8. 

The Toronto Star reviews Ian Rankin’s latest novel RATHER BE THE DEVIL on Dec 20, noting that “Everybody gets some fun out of this, especially Rankin fans who expect — and receive — a devilishly clever set of plot complications and a regular parade of laughs.” (Orion / HC: 9781409159407, $32)




Excellent news! Canadian author Elly Blake’s book launch in her hometown of Windsor was a terrific success!

On January 10, Storytellers Bookstore was packed with eager fans!

 Hardcover: 9780316273251 | ebook: 9780316273268 | Audiobook: 9781478974970


Interview with The Graduated Bookworm – February 3

Books for Thought – Five star review: “It’s a series where I’ll be waiting desperately for the next book”

Book Nerd – “A wonderful fantasy debut”

Ryley Reads – “I really loved this book and cannot wait for the next one!”

Book Cat Pin – “This book leaves you happily waiting for more.”



Oxford's MARCONI Shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize

Marconi (9780199313587) by Montreal author Marc Roby, published by Oxford University Press, has been shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize!  The Winner will be announced on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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Nominated for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award in Non-fiction.

Longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Behind so much of what we take for granted in the world of instantaneous communication towers Guglielmo Marconi. Thanks to his wireless system, which came into full use about a century ago, the cables that had constrained communication, slowing the exchange of news and information, disappeared. News and information could be transmitted almost everywhere, instantaneously. Ships could communicate with other ships (which saved at least some of the passengers on the RMS Titanic), financial markets could coordinate with other financial markets, and military commanders could maintain contact with front-line troops. Through a combination of skill, luck, vision, and timing, Marconi popularized-and, more critically, patented-a radio system that profoundly and irrevocably changed the way the world communicated. 

As Marc Raboy shows in this engrossing and encyclopedic work, Marconi very early envisaged a world of seamless communication and then set out to create it. Born to an Italian father and an Irish mother, Marconi was in many ways stateless. After a demonstration of his wireless apparatus using "Hertzian waves," as radio waves were called, in London at the age of 22 in 1896, he established his Wireless Telegraph & Signal Co. Between that moment and his death in 1937, Marconi was at the heart of every major innovation in electronic communication, including radio transmission, and was courted by powerful scientific, political, and financial interests. He was decorated by the Czar of Russia, named an Italian Senator, knighted by King George V of England, and awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics--all before the age of 40. 

Based on original research and unpublished archival materials in four countries, Raboy's biography offers the entirety of Marconi's story, from his early days in Italy, to his groundbreaking experiments in transatlantic communication, to his role as a diplomatic go-between. Raboy also explores Marconi's relationships with his wives, lovers, mistresses and children, and examines in detail the last ten years of the inventor's life, when he returned to Italy and became a leading pillar of Benito Mussolini's fascist regime. Comprehensive, authoritative, and compelling, Marconi reveals the origins of our networked world and the man who first realized it.