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/.

SIGAL SAMUEL’S THE MYSTICS OF MILE END WINNER OF THE 2016 CANADIAN JEWISH LITERARY AWARDS IN FICTION

SSMysticsCADcovCongratulations to Sigal Samuel whose novel THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been awarded the 2016 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for fiction.
 
The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards chooses 8 winners from 60 works that demonstrate specific Jewish themes.
 
The gala awards ceremony will be held on October 30, 2016 at 2 pm Sigal Samuelin the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University 4700 Keele St. Admission is free and open to all! For more information visit Cjlawards.ca/winners2016
 
THE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Living in Mile End, home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, David, a professor of religion, is diagnosed with a heart murmur and becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When David’s attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara believes it is up to her to finish what he started, and her brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour. It falls to next-door neighbour Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family.

Meadowlark and The Mystics of Mile End Shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!

We are excited to share that the Book Publishers Association of Alberta has announced that MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart (NeWest Press) and THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books) by Sigal Samuel have been shortlisted for the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards! MEADOWLARK has been shortlisted in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year and Cover Design categories while THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been nominated in the Trade Fiction Book of the Year category. The Alberta Book Publishing Awards are awarded every year to books by Alberta publishers, and this year there were over 77 entries for the 12 award categories.

SWMeadowlarkcovIn MEADOWLARK by Wendi Stewart, when her family’s car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all. In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman’s hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy and the restorative power of friendship.

SSMysticsCADcovTHE MYSTICS OF MILE END by Sigal Samuel weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of the dysfunctional Meyer family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Living in Mile End, home to hipsters and Hasidic Jews, David, a professor of religion, is diagnosed with a heart murmur and becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When David’s attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara believes it is up to her to finish what he started, and her brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour. It falls to next-door neighbour Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family.

The winners will be announced on September 16th at a gala at the Hotel Arts in Calgary. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.bookpublishers.ab.ca

Congratulations to Wendi Stewart and Sigal Samuel, as well as to the other nominees!

To view the shortlists in all categories, visit http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Media-Release-Shortlist-2016-Book-Publishing-Awards.pdf

MYSTICS OF MILE END Starred Review

Sigal Samuel’s THE MYSTICS OF MILE END (Freehand Books, Spring 2015/HarperCollins Fall 2015) has received an amazing starred review from the Library Journal, excerpted here:

SSMysticsCADcovEvery character in this outstanding first novel is searching for a reason to exist—not just the Meyer family, but also their neighbors and close friends. The need for human relationships and mysticism’s relationship to life impel them forward into very questionable actions that might have disastrous consequences. This heart-stopping narrative will keep readers glued until the very end.

—Andrea Kempf, formerly with Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS

The Mystics of Mile End Deal Announcement

Sigal SamuelDebut literary novelist and Jewish Daily Forward editor Sigal Samuel’s THE MYSTICS OF MILE END has been sold to Lisa Sharkey, SVP and Director of Creative Development HarperCollins and Carrie Feron SVP, Executive Editor, William Morrow for trade paperback at William Morrow for Fall 2015 by Samantha Haywood.

SegalSMysticsMileEnd72Reminiscent of THE HISTORY OF LOVE by Nicole Krauss and THE BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg, THE MYSTICS OF MILE END weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of a dysfunctional family with a dangerous mystical obsession in climbing the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life.

Canadian rights previously sold to Deborah Willis of Freehand Books for Spring 2015 (world ex: Canada). Foreign rights: Carolyn Bodkin carolyn.bodkin@harpercollins.com; film rights:samantha@transatlanticagency.com

Deal News — The Mystics of Mile End

Canadian English rights for debut novelist and Jewish Daily Forward editor Sigal Samuel’s THE MYSTICS OF MILE END sold to Deborah Willis of Freehand Books for Spring 2015 by Samantha Haywood.

Reminiscent of THE HISTORY OF LOVE by Nicole Krauss and THE BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg, THE MYSTICS OF MILE END weaves together four distinct voices to tell the story of a dysfunctional family with a dangerous mystical obsession.