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René Redzepi & David Zilber Kick Off North American Book Tour in Toronto

Posted: 2018/09/21

Toronto, ON – September 20, 2018 – Renowned chef René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma in Copenhagen—four times recognized as the world’s best by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants—and Noma’s Toronto-born Director of Fermentation, David Zilber, are coming to Canada this fall to promote their upcoming new cookbook, THE NOMA GUIDE TO FERMENTATION (Artisan Books; Publication date October 16, 2018; $60.00 Hardcover). Kicking off their North American book tour in Toronto on Sunday, October 14, Redzepi and Zilber will be launching their new book in an interactive evening of ideas and discussion, demonstration and sampling, and book signing at the Isabel Bader Theatre, presented by Indigo Books.

Noma has been named the world’s best restaurant four times; its chef/co-owner René Redzepi has appeared on the cover of TIME magazine twice (the only chef to do so); and both have been the subject of numerous profiles and documentaries. But Redzepi has never before revealed how Noma’s techniques can transform the way we cook at home. While the restaurant has become synonymous with local food and foraging, its defining pillar is fermentation. Every dish at Noma includes some form of fermentation, whether it’s a bright hit of vinegar, a deeply savory miso, or the sweet intensity of black garlic.

In The Noma Guide to Fermentation, Redzepi and Zilber share for the first time the techniques behind Noma’s extensive pantry of ferments. The book translates what they do in the restaurant into approachable and meticulously tested recipes for a home kitchen, with 500 step-by-step time-lapse photographs and illustrations illuminating the process. Its nine chapters—a Primer on fermentation; Lacto-Fermented Fruits and Vegetables; Kombucha; Vinegar; Koji; Misos & Peaso; Shoyu; Garum; and Black Fruits and Vegetables—are ordered from simple to more complicated, so those who have some experience can dive right into the later sections.

Tickets for the Toronto event are available for sale as of September 20. Admission is $80.00 and includes one (1) signed copy of The Noma Guide to Fermentation, a tasting from the book, and admission to the live demonstration and discussion with René Redzepi and David Zilber. Tickets can be purchased here.


Sunday, October 14, 2018
Doors open
6:30 pm, Show starts 7:00 pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. Toronto, ON
$80.00 (includes 1 signed copy of The Noma Guide to Fermentation,a tasting from the book, and admission to the live demonstration and discussion)


RENÉ REDZEPI is the chef and co-owner of Noma, four times recognized as the world’s best by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Redzepi has twice appeared on the cover of TIME (and been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World); been featured in publications from the New York Times to Wired; and been profiled in two feature-length documentaries and countless national and international media outlets. His first book, Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine, was an IACP and James Beard Award winner. He is also the author of A Work in Progress. Find him on Instagram @reneredzepinoma and @nomacph.

DAVID ZILBER is a chef and photographer who hails from Toronto, Ontario. He has cooked from coast to coast across North America, most notably as a sous-chef at Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver. He has worked at Noma since 2014 and has served as director of its fermentation lab since 2016. He enjoys Jamaican patties and quantum physics. Find him on Instagram @david_zilber.

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2018 Anthony Award Winner

Posted: 2018/09/20

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Anthony Award for crime fiction—Best First Novel—has been awarded to Hollywood Homicide (Midnight Ink) by Kellye Garrett!


The award was announced on Saturday September 8th at Bouchercon 2018—the World Mystery Convention held in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The Anthony Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the crime fiction genre. In addition to the Anthony Award, Garrett previously won the Agatha, Lefty, and IPPY awards for Best First Novel.


In Hollywood Homicide, actress Dayna Anderson's has a deadly new role: Homicide Detective. Dayna Anderson doesn't set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. So after witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she pursues the fifteen grand reward. But Dayna soon finds herself doing a full-on investigation, wanting more than just money—she wants justice for the victim. She chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes, and movie premieres, loving every second of it—until someone tries to kill her. And there are no second takes in real life.


About the author:

Kellye Garrett (East Orange, NJ) spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. A former magazine editor, she holds a BS in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. She now works for a leading media company and brainstorms ways to commit murder for her novels.

You can find Kellye online at and follow her on Twitter (@kellyekell) and Facebook (@kellyegarrettauthor).


Congratulations, Kellye!

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2017 Shirley Jackson Award Winner

Posted: 2018/07/18

We are thrilled to announce the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel has been awarded to The Hole by Hye-young Pyun (Arcade Publishing)!

The Shirley Jackson Literary Awards celebrate the life of the author, Shirley Jackson (1916-1965). Announced at Readercon each year, the Shirley Jackson awards were established for recognizing “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.” Jackson is remembered for her classic novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as her famous short story “The Lottery.” 

In Hye-young Pyun’s novel (translated by Sora Kim-Russell), Oghi has woken from a coma after causing a devastating car accident that took his wife's life and left him paralyzed and badly disfigured. His caretaker is his mother-in-law, a widow grieving the loss of her only child. Oghi is neglected and left alone in his bed. His world shrinks to the room he lies in and his memories of his troubled relationship with his wife, a sensitive, intelligent woman who found all of her life goals thwarted except for one: cultivating the garden in front of their house. But soon Oghi notices his mother-in-law in the abandoned garden, uprooting what his wife had worked so hard to plant and obsessively digging larger and larger holes. When asked, she answers only that she is finishing what her daughter started.

A bestseller in Korea, The Hole is a superbly crafted and deeply unnerving novel about the horrors of isolation and neglect in all of its banal and brutal forms. As Oghi desperately searches for a way to escape, he discovers the difficult truth about his wife and the toll their life together took on her.


About the author:

Hye-young Pyun was born in 1972. Now known as a star of Korean literature, she made her literary debut in Korean in 2000 when she won Seoul Shinmun's annual New Writer's Contest with her short story "Shaking Off Dew." She has gone on to publish four short story collections and five novels. She has received several of Korea's most prestigious literary awards, including the Dong-in Literary Award in 2011, the Yi-sang Literary Award in 2014, and the Hyundae Munhak Award in 2015. She has published short stories in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and Words Without Borders. City of Ash and Red was named Book of the Year when it was published in Poland, and it has been licensed to France, Turkey, China, and Vietnam as well. She lives in Seoul, Korea.


For the full list of winners, visit this link.

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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

Posted: 2018/07/06

The ultimate book for book lovers— 1,000 Book to Read Before You Die (Workman) is one of our most anticipated books for the Fall 2018 season!

Fourteen years in the making, author James Mustich has compiled a list that includes books across all genres and eras, each accompanied by a short essay explaining its inclusion. We are thrilled to find that this list contains 14 books by 15 Canadian authors, including:

  • Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  • World of Wonders by Robertson Davies
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  • The Pound Era by Hugh Kenner
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Selected Stories by Alice Munro
  • Forms of Devotion by Diane Schoemperlen
  • The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  • This One Summer by Julian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
  • Among Others by Jo Walton
  • The Zoom Trilogy (Zoom at Sea, Zoom Away, Zoom Upstream) by Tim Wynne-Jones


Readers will also be pleased to find these international favourites:

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Are You There God? It’s Me by Judy Blume
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith


About the author:

James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog A Common Reader. He subsequently worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers, and is currently Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble. He lives with his wife in Connecticut.


 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die publishes on Oct 2, 2018. Pre-order now!

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Fall 2018 Catalogues Have Arrived!

Posted: 2018/07/04

Thomas Allen & Son is pleased to announce that all of our Fall 2018 catalogues are now available on our website. We have exciting new titles from all of our publishers including:

  • 1000 Books to Read Before You Die (Workman)
  • Belong (Workman)
  • Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid (Workman)
  • The Collector's Apprentice (Algonquin)
  • Foundations of Flavor: The Noma Guide to Fermentation (Artisan)
  • Let's Eat France! (Artisan)
  • Gardening with Emma (Storey)
  • The Accident on the A35 (Skyhorse)

If you would like to recieve catalogues by mail, please contact us at 1-800-387-433 or

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