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The National Book Critics Circle @HBGCanada Finalists! #book #awards

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for 2018 awards, including the following Little, Brown titles: 

Biography

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Mark Lamster’s THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE

(LB HC, 11/6/18, 9780316126434)

 

Fiction

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Luis Alberto Urrea’s THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS

(LB HC, 3/6/18, 9780316154888)

 

Autobiography

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Richard Beard’s THE DAY THAT WENT MISSING

(LB HC, 11/6/18, 9780316445382)

 

The finalists’ reading will take place on the evening of Wednesday, March 13th at the New School (66 West 12th Street, New York). The awards ceremony and reception is on Thursday, March 14th at Tishman Auditorium( 63 5th Avenue).

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Watch the movie trailer for WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

Watch the first official trailer for the highly anticipated film adaptation of

Maria Semple’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE.  

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The film, directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood) starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoe Chao & Laurence Fishburne, will now open in theaters August 9, 2019!

COMING SOON. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is based on the runaway bestseller about Bernadette Fox, a Seattle woman who had it all - a loving husband and a brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.

TP edition: 9780316204262

TP MTI edition: 9780316415866

MM MTI edition: 9780316415859

Little, Brown’s movie tie-in editions go on sale January 29, 2019.

Of course, the iconic trade paperback edition is available now!

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@ORBITBOOKS NEWS: Fonda Lee’s JADE CITY wins the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel! #fantasy #books #awardwinner

HACHETTE BOOK GROUP HAS BIG NEWS!

Fonda Lee’s JADE CITY wins the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel!

(Orbit TP, OSD: 6/6/18, 9780316440882)

(Orbit TP, OSD: 6/6/18, 9780316440882)

Fonda gave a wonderful acceptance speech at the World Fantasy Convention, held November 1-4.

(Read an excerpt, here)

This is the second year in a row that Orbit has won the World Fantasy Award (following The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North in 2017). It is also the first time that a single publisher has won all three of the major international SF/F awards in the same year (following N. K. Jemisin’s wins for the Hugo and Nebula awards)

Congratulations to Hachette Book Group, Fonda Lee & Orbit Books!!!

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In this epic saga of magic and kungfu, four siblings battle rival clans for honor and power in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

* Nebula Award for Best Novel, nominee

* Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, finalist

* World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, WINNER

Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for — and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.

When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone — even foreigners — wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones — from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets — and of Kekon itself.

Jade City is the first novel in an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

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PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth | Book Review

precious-thing-coverI don’t read mysteries. I don’t read thrillers. Years ago, I managed a bookshop. Part of my job involved running the mystery book club. I think my bosses added that task out of a sense of epic Schadenfreude because they knew that I would read just about anything BUT a mystery. My inability to read the genre comes, not from a sense of snobbery, but because I’m a giant ‘fraidy cat. I always understood Joey’s need to put books in the freezer on Friends - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qqaCby1lGw. A few months ago, I attempted to read The Shining Girls (Lauren Beukes, Mulholland Books 9780316216852). I made it to page 60, at which point I was so terrified of the time traveling serial killer appearing in my bedroom while I was gone that I couldn’t get up to pee. True story. All this to say, reading Precious Thing (Colette McBeth, Headline Books, 9781472205940) was a major stretch for me. And I loved every minute! The story of the friendship between Clara and Rachel, as told from Rachel’s point of view, gripped me in a way I didn’t expect. This is one of those ‘stay up until 3 am’ kind of books. You just want to read one more chapter. Just one. Well, maybe just one more. And then another. As their story unfolds, as you start to question what you’re reading, you’re pulled even deeper into the obsessive and dangerous dance between two very troubled girls sharing secrets you just don’t see coming. About a third of the way through, the penny started dropping for me and a cold sense of dread began creeping. Everything I believed up to that point wasn’t quite right. And everything that followed? Well, just go read it. Trust me.

There is a tendency in selling books to make comparisons to what’s come before. Precious Thing has been called the British Gone Girl. Not having read Gone Girl, I can’t comment on that, except to say, I think this stands on its own. Colette McBeth doesn’t need the comparison for you to pick up Precious Thing. I was hooked from the last sentence of the first page. And I’m still waiting for an answer to my question about the third line on the last page. If you’re like me, if you don’t read thrillers, you don’t read mysteries, make an exception this time. And make sure you have lots of coffee on-hand for the morning, because I promise some late nights reading just one more chapter.

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Read an excerpt!

We Need New Names makes Booker long list

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NoViolet Bulawayo's first novel, We Need New Names, has been on my to-read list since I first heard about it late last year.

The story follows Darling, a 10-year old in Zimbabwe, and her friends Stina, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Bastard. They live together in a shanty called Paradise, and they spend their days stealing guavas, trying to get the baby out of Chipo's belly, and remembering. They remember when they had real names and real homes, before the paramilitary policemen came and destroyed everything and the schools were closed down. Before their fathers went abroad to work at dangerous jobs. The children dream of escaping...

Darling's dream, at least, is seemingly realized, as she moves to America to live with her Aunt. She finds that things aren't necessarily easier for her there, where her options as an immigrant are so few.

NoViolet Bulawayo's 2011 Caine Prize winning story Hitting Budapest, became the first chapter in this, now Booker long-listed novel.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo Little, Brown and Company 9780316230810 May 21, 2013

 

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Amity Gaige Visits Canadian Manda Group

Not the original cover. Photo via Vulture.com from the article by Kathryn Schulz on Amity Gaige’s Novel Schroder. A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege to meet the lovely author Amity Gaige. Her latest book SCHRODER (Twelve | 9781455512133) is a lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting the seven days a father spends on the road with his six-year-old daughter after kidnapping her during a parental visit. Amity graciously answered our questions about the book including whether Eric is a sympathetic character, the inspiration for the story, her son's influence on the character Meadow and the challenges of writing in a male voice. Afterwards she signed copies of her book and then headed to Harbourfront for a reading at the Authors at Harbourfront Reading Series, along with Ruth Ozeki and Jennifer Close. It was a wonderful afternoon. Big thanks to Hachette Book Group for setting it up!

Amity Gaige signing at Manda

New York Times Book Review

"The essence of the ersatz Rockefeller/Kennedy character is of course an epic, pathological narcissism, and this Gaige gets impressively right....Gaige writes beautifully....The novel's climactic chapter is also its best conceived: the item that brings about Schroder's downfall is perfect, both dramatic and mundane. The reader will realize that he or she has been given every detail necessary to see what was coming, yet didn't, which is plot-making of the highest order."

The New Yorker

"Complicated and nuanced . . . the novel is absorbing, with a propulsive plot and a narrator who is charming, ambivalent, and searching-a man driven by love who understands that love cannot save him."

The Guardian

 "It is contemplative, poetic certainly, but the narrative is urgent and concise and Gaige's storytelling effortlessly spontaneous."

The Wall Street Journal

"On occasion... a novel will provoke a host of tangled and disconcertingly conflicted reactions-revulsion and affection; blame and understanding; a connection that goes beyond surface sympathy to a deeper, and possibly unwanted, emotional recognition. These were among the things I experienced while reading Amity Gaige's astoundingly good novel SCHRODER."

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Schroder is available now!

RANKIN RETURNS WITH A NEW REBUS NOVEL | Hachette UK

kOn April 15th, Ian Rankin announced (via Twitter @Beathhigh) that his new novel will be entitled Saints of the Shadow Bible, and will feature his long running series character John Rebus.

Last year saw the return of John Rebus in the bestselling novel Standing in Another Man's Grave (HUK | 9781409144717).  Ian Rankin says, " I was overwhelmed by the reaction of fans. So here he is again, back on the force but paired with one-time nemesis Malcolm Fox in an inquiry which may end up uncovering too much of Rebus's own past, pitting him against old allies.”

Like Standing in Another Man’s Grave the title of the new book Saints of the Shadow Bible is based on a lyric from a Jackie Leven song. Rankin and Leven became friends and worked together on a number of projects in the years leading up to Leven’s death in 2011. Rankin dedicated last year’s novel to the memory of his friend and collaborator.

Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion) is published in hardback on November 7, 2013! For more details visit www.shadowbible.com.

Atlantic Book Award Nominees

Atlantic AwardWe are thrilled to announce that we have SEVEN authors shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award!

Tightrope author Keir Lowther, The Porcupine's Quill author Nicole Dixon and Breakwater Books author Lesleyanne Ryan have been shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. This award, presented for the first time in 2003 with a value of $1,500, recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer.

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DirtyBirdCropRGB1-197x300Dirty Bird By Keir Lowther 9781926639529 Publisher: Tightrope Books

CBC Literary Award finalist Keir Lowther makes his debut with a novel that revolves around loved ones dead and alive, family or otherwise that haunts the modern psyche of one young boy, trapped in the grotesque world that surrounds him. Written in a creepy, deadpan, dark spiritual tone that will light a powder keg in the lukewarm waters of Canadian fiction. Dirty Bird is a family dystopia saga of anxiety and misplaced love, carved out in the spirit of spooky tradition of writers such as Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau and Lisa Foad.

hwm-finalHigh-Water Mark By Nicole Dixon 9780889843561 Publisher:  The Porcupine’s Quill

High-Water Mark is Bronwen Wallace Award–winner Nicole Dixon’s smart and sexy debut. These ten tightly written stories, touched with humour, focus on characters pursuing romantic and professional desires, and encountering and recovering from betrayal and heartbreak. A young woman and her partner discover that both going back to the land and raising a newborn are more difficult – and fraught with more unexpected dangers – than life in the city. A woman becomes sexually obsessed with a female friend after a six-year relationship ends. The east/west Toronto divide is just one conflict that arises among the three members of an all-female band. As the women in High-Water Mark run away and return, try love and sex, move from city to country, they are always challenged and changed. Dixon’s perceptive, witty, no-nonsense collection authentically captures the voices of women in a way rarely found in mainstream fiction.

Bracoviewpic2.php By Lesleyanne Ryan 9781550813340 Publisher: Breakwater Book

Winner of the 2011 Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, Lesleyanne Ryan’s debut novel, Braco, takes place over the five days following the fall of Srebrenica in 1995. The narrative follows the perspectives of Bosnian civilians, UN Peacekeepers, Serbian and Bosnian soldiers, as well as a Canadian photojournalist. A retired veteran and former Bosnian Peacekeeper, Ryan vividly captures the visceral tension and horror of Bosnian refugees fleeing Srebrenica, the ensuing massacre of Bosnian men, and the inability of the Dutch peacekeepers to protect them. The award judges acclaimed the debut novel as a “compelling, captivating, and fast-paced novel, from its vivid and intriguing prologue set in Srebrenica to an ending that fits, if not satisfies.”

 

Creative Book Publishing author Mike Heffernan and Breakwater Books author Joan Sullivan have been shortlisted for the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction and ECW Press author George Murray and Vehicule Press author Mark Callanan have been shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award.  These two awards are a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards which carry the distinguished patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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The Other Side of Midnight: Taxicab Stories By Mike Heffernan 9781897174968 Publisher: Creative Book Publishing

The first St. John’s taxi stand started up in the early-20th Century and greatly expanded prior to the Second World War. There are now almost four hundred taxis operating within the city limits. The Other Side of Midnight: Taxi Cab Stories is not a traditional history of taxi cabs in St. John’s. It describes the commonly shared experiences of an underwritten portion of Newfoundland’s working class while presenting St. John’s from the front seat of a taxi cab. It will explore the working lives of its subjects, as well as their thoughts and feelings about their choice of career and their clients. Every segment of our society utilizes their services, from the social elite to the social obsolete: businessmen, drug pushers, prostitutes and forlorn lovers. They are witnesses to the best and worst in all of us. They are trained listeners to troubled people, as well as cheerleaders and goodwill ambassadors. Individuals will emerge, as well as equally unique understandings of their working lives. Comical, absurd and often dramatic, many of their reminiscences will be of long hours and years on the job, their hopes and decayed dreams.

In the Fieviewpic2.phpld By Joan Sullivan 9781550813913 Publisher: Breakwater Books

Freelance writer and playwright Joan Sullivan’s book In the Field is a work of non-fiction that tells the story of one young Newfoundlander soldier, Stephen Norris, lost in WWI, and how his death affected his family, his community, and, decades later, an entirely new generation. In 2004, a high school theatre class creates a musical about the Newfoundland Regiment. After pulling off a big production, teachers, students, and parents venture out on an overnight camping trip to Three Arm, where they find the remains of Stephen Norris’s boat. In the Field captures the haunting and profound experiences of adventure and homecoming.

Whiteout9781770410879 By George Murray 9781770410879 Publisher: ECW Press

Poetry that explores how accidental voyeurism can force reconsideration and reconciliation. White⋅out: n. a surface condition … in which no object casts a shadow, the horizon cannot be seen, and only dark objects are discernible … Whiteout: when the heavy weather of daily life establishes the measure of the measureless; when the predatory nature of the accidental conjures cowboys and the comatose; when the sickly sweet pop of life underfoot contrasts the televised image, shrinking to a pinprick. Whiteout: calques and towers, twin polar storms, falling, burning. Whiteout: “a book of white nothing.”  George Murray’s sixth collection has been a decade in the making. At once taut, tender and terrifying, haunted and haunting, Whiteout shatters convention in the collision of order and rage, formlessness and hard-won serenity.

Gift Horse483 By Mark Callanan 9781550653229 Publisher: Vehicule Press

Gift Horse, Mark Callanan’s second full-length collection of poetry, was largely written following a near-fatal medical emergency in 2007. The poems offer up the story of a young man whose gratitude at being alive is undercut by Lazarus-like confusion and ambivalence. Brandishing a newly acute sense of mortality, Callanan emerges as an Atlantic flâneur stalked by terrifying sea legends, death-steeped domesticity (where even supermarket lobsters “weigh in against oblivion”) and the extinct Newfoundland Wolf. Understated, sinister and unsettling, Gift Horse is a work of considerable craft and vision.

The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 and the awards will be announced at a special ceremony on the last night of Festival, Thursday, May 16, at 7:00p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For more details visit the Atlantic Book Awards website:  http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca/.

Congratulations to all of our nominees!!!

National Book Award Finalists

Kevin Powers’ THE YELLOW BIRDS (9780316219365/Little, Brown and Company) and Domingo Martinez’s THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS (9780762779192/Globe Pequot Press) are 2012 National Book Award Finalists. THE YELLOW BIRDS has been nominated as one of the five finalists for fiction and THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS has been nominated as one of the five finalists for non-fiction.  The National Book Awards ceremony is November 14, 2012. For a full list of the National Book Award finalists, click here - http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2012.html#.UHcfS65418F. Congratulations to both nominees!

THE YELLOW BIRDS By KEVIN POWERS 9780316219365 $27.99 Little, Brown and Company

About the Book

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year-old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS by Domingo Martinez 9780762779192 $18.95 Globe Pequot Press

About the Book

Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving, in a Texas border town in the 1980s. Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author’s boyhood spent in his sister’s hand-me-down clothes, The Boy Kings of Texas delves into the enduring and complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed but fiercely protective older brother, Daniel, and features a cast of memorable characters. Charming, painful and enlightening, this book examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas and the often terrible consequences when two very different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river.