The Devil You Know, The Mystics of Mile End, and Ledger of the Open Hand Longlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

We are proud to share that Elisabeth de MariDMEDevilYouKnowCovPanelaffi’s debut literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (HarperCollins Canada; Simon & Schuster USA), Sigal Samuel’s novel THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books; William Morrow & Company), and Leslie Vryenhoek’s LEDGER OF THE OPEN HAND (Breakwater Books) are among 14 Canadian books that have been longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award!

Set in the early 90’s, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is about a rookie reporter assigned to the Paul Bernardo serial killer investigation, whose memories and personal research into the murder of her SSMysticsUScovchildhood best friend bring danger right back to her doorstep.

THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family, living in Mile End, a home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, as they process grief and loss which leads the daughter Samara into a dangerous mystical obsession.

LEDGEVLLedgeroftheOpenHandCovR OF THE OPEN HAND looks at the intimate power of money and emotional debt through the eyes of a woman trying to grab hold of her own life.

The International Dublin Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Council’s library service, offers a prize of €100,000 to the author of the winning book. This years longlist consistsdeMariaffi2013bw of 147 nominees.

The shortlist will be revealed on April 11, 2017 and the winner will be announced on June 21, 2017.

We wouSigal Samuelld like to offer a huge congratulations to Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Sigal Samuel, and Leslie Vryenhoek on their nominations, as well as to all the other longlisted authors!

For further information about the International DUBLIN Literary Award, and to view the longlist, please visit http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees/. For more information about the Canadian nominations, please visit the press release at the following link: http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie/news/14-canadian-novels-on-the-2017-longlist/.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi and Marq de Villiers Shortlisted for the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards!

We are thrilled to share The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s announcement that Elizabeth de Mariaffi and Marq de Villiers are among the nominees for two out of three of the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards! Elisabeth de Mariaffi is nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (HarperCollins Canada) while Marq de Villiers is nominated for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award for BACK TO THE WELL: Rethinking the Future of Water (Goose Lane). These two awards honour and celebrate quality writing by Atlantic Canadian authors. The Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award grants a prize of $25,000 to the winning author. The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award awards the winning author $2000.

DMEDevilYouKnowCovPanelIn Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, a murderer’s arrest rings too close to home for a rookie reporter, bringing haunting memories of her childhood best friend’s unsolved murder – and a stalker – right to her doorstep.

075-1_deVilliers_BTTW_COMP.inddBACK TO THE WELL by Marq de Villiers examines the fate and future of water and asks difficult questions surrounding who owns water, whether it is a human right to have water, and whose job it is to keep it clean.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the East Coast Literary Awards in Halifax on June 4.

To view the shortlists, please visit http://writers.ns.ca/blog/2016-east-coast-literary-awards-shortlist-announced.html

To read about the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, visit http://writers.ns.ca/wfns-book-prizes/thomas-head-raddall-atlantic-fiction-award.html

To learn more about the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award, please visit http://writers.ns.ca/wfns-book-prizes/evelyn-richardson-memorial-non-fiction-award.html

The Globe 100: The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi and Beyond the Pale by Emily Urquhart

The Globe 100, a list featuring Globe editors and reviewers favourite reads of the year, has been revealed! We are thrilled to share that among the Globe’s 100 best books of 2015 are THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi and BEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart.

DMEDevilYouKnowCovPanelIn Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, a murderer’s arrest rings too close to home for a rookie reporter, bringing haunting memories of her childhood best friend’s unsolved murder – and a stalker – right to her doorstep.

Beyond the Pale cover imageBEYOND THE PALE by Emily Urquhart follows the author’s journey following the birth of her daughter, who is diagnosed with albinism, across North America and parts of Eastern Africa to discover how we explain human differences by examining a wide range of folklore and cultural beliefs.

Congratulations to Elisabeth and Emily, as well as to all the other authors on the list.

To view the full Globe 100 list, please visit http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/the-globe-100-the-best-books-of-2015/article27607992/.

Film Deal for The Devil You Know

the-devil-you-knowTelevision and film option rights to Giller Prize-nominated author Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s riveting debut literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, for fans of Gone Girl and Broadchurch, set in the early 90’s about a rookie reporter assigned to the Paul Bernardo serial killer investigation, whose memories and personal research into the murder of her childhood best friend bring danger right back to her doorstep to Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan of New Metric Media by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency, published in January 2015 by HarperCollins Canada, Touchstone S&S and Titan UK.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Release

dMEDevilYouKnowCanCovTransatlantic is excited to announce the upcoming release of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (HarperCollins Canada; Touchstone US; Titan Books UK)the powerful debut thriller by Giller Prize-nominated author Elisabeth de Mariaffi. For rookie reporter Evie Jones, a murderer’s arrest rings too close to home, bringing haunting memories of her childhood best friend’s unsolved murder – and a stalker – right to her doorstep.9781476779089

Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s debut short story collection, HOW TO GET ALONG WITH WOMEN, was longlisted for the 2013 Giller Prize. Elisabeth is currently based in St. John’s, where she lives with the poet George Murray and their combined brood of four children — making them Can Lit’s answer to the Brady Brunch.

Devil You Know_cvrAdvance praise for THE DEVIL YOU KNOW

“Evie is a tough, wisecracking narrator worthy of the greatest private-eye pulp novels. With so many thrillers cheaply exploiting violence against girls and women, de Mariaffi’s treatment of the topic, through Evie’s vulnerable yet empowered voice, is refreshingly reverent.”

Starred Kirkus Review

“Set in and around Toronto in 1993, Canadian author de Mariaffi’s artful first novel chronicles the efforts of journalist Evie Jones to track down the man who murdered a friend of hers, 11-year-old Lianne Gagnon, in 1982. Robert Nelson Cameron was identified as a suspect but never caught. Jones researches the killer through old newspaper articles using the nascent Internet, aided by her cautiously flirtatious friend, David Patton. Since Lianne’s death, Evie has suffered from some form of post-traumatic stress; the man she often sees at her apartment window could be real or the product of an overheated imagination. When Evie points out to her mother, Annie, that women read more true crime than men, Annie replies the reason is not entertainment but survival: “It’s so we learn how to get away.” Hooked readers will silently implore Evie to refrain from entering a basement or a cabin in the woods in pursuit of a story—and a killer.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“The Devil You Know explores the tangled emotional and ideological roots of violence against women with subtlety and humour. More impressively, it does so while delivering the suspense and narrative pace of a good thriller.”

Quill & Quire

“The chiseled prose that characterized de Mariaffi’s Giller-longlisted short story collection How To Get Along With Women is on full display… Mariaffi also nails the callous dehumanization and gallows humor that is a constant of media workplaces.”

The National Post

“The Devil You Know proves there can be enthralling literature about rape and murder that doesn’t exploit or disrespect real-life anguish. The author has been incredibly thoughtful not only about what sexualized violence does to victims, families and communities, but the kind of broader climate it breeds for all women, how it makes their interactions rife with suspicion, their day-to-day near intolerable.”

The Globe & Mail

Deal News – The Devil You Know

In Giller Prize-nominated author Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s debut literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, a murderer’s arrest rings too close to home for a rookie reporter, bringing haunting memories of her childhood best friend’s unsolved murder – and a stalker – right to her doorstep.

World rights ex Can to Sally Kim at Touchstone in a six-figure deal by Samantha Haywood. Canadian rights previously pre-empted by Patrick Crean Editions/HarperCollins Canada.