The Old World by Cary Fagan Publishes March 18th

We’re celebrating Cary Fagan’s book birthday – THE OLD WORLD publishes with House of Anansi on March 18!

From the publisher: These thirty-five brief stories — and the found photographs that inspired them — are by turns realistic and surreal, bloody and tender, delightful and appalling. Award-winning author Cary Fagan has created a mesmerizing series of narrative tales, giving readers a vivid peek into lives of strangers.

 

Advance Praise:

“Deftly marrying vision and language with memory and imagination, Fagan paints an intimate portrait of forgotten lives that is profound, generous, and highly entertaining.” – 49th Shelf

“Clever and funny.” – Quill & Quire

“I absolutely loved this collection of very short stories inspired by a series of wonderful found photographs. Cary Fagan has a real ear for dialogue and a way of making each perfectly formed vignette surprising, whether that’s taking a surreal turn in ‘We Have to Be Careful,’ introducing the macabre in ‘Who I’ve Come For,’ or quietly breaking my heart, in ‘Where We Are Now.’” – Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons 

“What a dazzlingly imaginative thing to do — Cary Fagan has taken a group of orphaned photographs from the past and turned them into a cabinet of wonders! Inventive, satisfying, and deft, The Old World gets right to the heart of the storytelling craft.” – Marni Jackson, author of Don’t I Know You?

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World, All Languages

A Plea for Constant Motion by Paul Carlucci Publishes with House of Anansi Press

A PLEA FOR CONSTANT MOTION, a collection of short stories by award-winning author Paul Carlucci publishes on January 21, 2017 with House of Anansi Press! Happy Book Birthday Paul!

From the Publisher: “Quietly atmospheric and darkly foreboding, A Plea for Constant Motion is an ominous, and occasionally unnerving, new work of fiction by award-winning author Paul Carlucci.

Penetrating and visceral, yet always offset by small moments of tenderness and humour, A Plea for Constant Motion is a powerful examination of the innate desire in everyone to change their lives and strive for something better.

Two couples share a disastrous dinner after their children are killed in a botched kidnapping overseas. A teacher with a passion for cartography orchestrates a bizarre apology after intentionally hitting a student. Desperate to be friends, a man ignores his neighbour’s strange behaviour to the peril of himself and others. A young girl babysits for a family friend, dimly aware that her presence is required for more than just childcare.”

View an interview with Paul at littlefiction.com and also listen to a story-by-story playlist of his new collection here.

Also check out Paul’s In Character interview with Open Book!

Reviews

“Paul Carlucci’s A Plea for Constant Motion is a visceral, vibrant, take-no-prisoners collection. Its characters keep talking in your head even after you put the stories down, coming back when you least expect it. Bright like nightmares, yet gauzy like half-remembered dreams — a unique touch.” Russell Wangersky, author of The Path of Most Resistance

“Paul Carlucci’s collection thrums with violence. The damaged, deranged, and dangerous are flayed open on the page by vivid, razor-sharp prose. These stories, steeped in darkness, disturb and captivate in equal measure.” Laura Trunkey, author of Double Dutch

“Paul Carlucci has a gift for the dark and the heartbreaking. In this myriad collection of stories, we meet people who have been confronted with all manner of quiet disasters. It’s a testament to the careful brilliance of Carlucci’s prose that this disaster exists hand-in-hand with redemption; these are tales of unlikely triumph, wistfully poignant and played out with a master hand.” Amanda Leduc, author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men

“Whether Paul Carlucci’s characters are dealing with class conflict, prejudice, or incomprehensible cruelty, the precision and dark, vivid humour of his stories deliver new angles on literary and societal conventions, demonstrating that the sidelines are often where the real emotional action is.” Naben Ruthnum, Journey Prize-winning author and National Post columnist

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE revealed as Indigo’s #1 Pick of the Year!

WZBestPeoplecovIndigo announces THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE (House of Anansi Press) by Zoe Whittall is their #1 Pick of the Year, the very first book ever to be given this special designation! Congratulations Zoe!

In THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall, George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exzwhittallquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth and the meaning of happiness through the lend of all-American family on the brink of collapse.

To learn more about the Indigo #1 Pick of the Year, please visit Chapters.indigo.ca//best-of-2016

The Path of Most Resistance Publishes on August 20th!

WRPathofMostResistancedraftcovWe are excited to announce that THE PATH OF MOST RESISTANCE by Russell Wangersky publishes with House of Anansi Press on August 20th, 2016! Happy Book Birthday Russell!

Russell’s new book is a thought-provoking and insightful collection of literary stories that explore passive aggression in our everyday lives. Here is a round-up of the media coverage and praise that this amazing book has received so far!

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One of 5 books that CBC Books is looking forward to reading in August! www.cbc.ca/books/2016/08/5-books-we-cant-wait-to-read-in-august.html

Featured in the CBC Books Fall 2016 preview: www.cbc.ca/books/2016/08/fall-2016-preview-canadian-fiction.html

Reviews:

“No one charts the geography of loneliness better than Russell Wangersky. Writing with clarity and precision, he reveals lives lived under a slow compression, of tension that demands release. At turns lyrical, wry, darkly comedic, but always heartfelt, Wangersky’s collection takes the short story to new heights of grace and skill.” – Will Ferguson, author of 419

“Russell Wangersky has mastered the short story. The pieces in this
collection are tender, violent, humorous, sorrowful, and sexy – sometimes
all at the same time. In its exploration of human betrayal and human
connection, The Path of Most Resistance captures the raw physical energy
that simmers just below the surface of everyday life. This collection is a
true gift from one of Canada’s most talented writers of short fiction.” –
Angie Abdou, author of Between

“Wangersky writes with a tightly controlled eye for detail, a skill with description – both emotional and physical – that blossoms into a rare vitality.” Quill & Quire

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall Publishes

WZBestPeoplecovHappy Book Birthday to Zoe Whittall, whose novel THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE publishes with House of Anansi Press today! We’ve already seen some phenomenal press and are very proud to share the round-up below.

 

 

 

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THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE featured in Quill & Quire : www.quillandquire.com/authors/profile-zoe-whittalls-timely-new-novel-shows-her-to-be-a-writer-who-defies-easy-categorization/

Among The Globe and Mail‘s 20 most anticipated books of 2016: www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/the-most-anticipated-canadian-books-of-the-second-half-of-2016/article30726273/

Featured in the CBC Books Fall 2016 Preview: www.cbc.ca/books/fallbooks2016/index.html

One of 5 books that CBC Books was excited to read in August!: www.cbc.ca/books/2016/08/5-books-we-cant-wait-to-read-in-august.html

Check out an excerpt of THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE from The Globe and Mail!:  www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/summer-reading-a-preview-of-zoe-whittalls-new-novel-the-best-kind-of-people/article31386782/

Rave Reviews and Praise

“Zoe Whittall is one of our sharpest observers of modern life, and it’s been seven years since her last novel – far too long. In The Best Kind of People, a Connecticut family is rocked to its core when sexual-assault accusations are levelled against the father, George, a popular teacher at the local private school. Whittall’s third novel interrogates the idea of family, and whether we must always stand by the people we love.” – The Globe and Mail

“Heartbreaking and complex, The Best Kind of People offers no easy answers. This is a masterly exploration of the damage an entire community incurs when the secret at the heart of its most perfect family detonates.” – Lynn Coady, author of The Antagonist

“With incredibly rare nuance, sensitivity, and insight, Zoe Whittall takes us deep into our contemporary conversation around sexual violence and shines a vital spotlight on the individuals and communities that live in its long shadow. Whittall’s undisputed talent as a writer shines, as does her understanding into the complexity of our sympathies, our morality, and our humanity. With The Best Kind of People, Whittall has created an urgent and timely document, one that asks us to reflect on how we can best serve survivors of abuse and best support all of those who exist in its aftermath. With incredible empathy, and undeniable skill, this book is sure to spark much needed dialogue, vital debate, and richly deserved acclaim.” – Stacey May Fowles, author of Infidelity

“The Best Kind of People examines the effects of rape culture on an entire community with rare nuance and insight. Every character is fully rounded, flawed, and achingly human. It puts me in mind of a twenty-first-century Ordinary People — which, for the record, is one of my favourite novels.” – Kate Harding, author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture — and What We Can Do About It

Rights Sold: House of Anansi Press, World