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THE HEART OF A BOY by Kate T. Parker

Posted: 2019/03/27   Source: Workman Publishing

Everyone should be granted the space to be who they are. Journey into The Heart of a Boy.

Kate T. Parker, author of Strong is the New Pretty, helps us all  to travel into the hearts and minds of young boys in her stunning new book, which debuts on April 2, 2019.


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NIKI JABBOUR'S VEGGIE GARDEN REMIX receives the 2019 American Horticultural Society Book Award

Posted: 2019/03/19

Congratulations to Niki Jabbour, recipient of the 2019 American Horticultural Society Book Award for Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix! Here’s what the award committee had to say:

Praised for its inviting presentation, beautiful photography, and fresh approach to vegetable gardening, this book will “inspire anyone to experiment and to have some fun with off-the-wall but rewarding veggies,” says Jenks Farmer. Deb Wiley notes it is “written in an engaging first-person voice, as if Jabbour is actually sitting at your elbow, encouraging you to grow something new and showing you, through excellent color photographs, what you’ll get.”

The 2019 Book Award Committee was chaired by Mary Ann Newcomer, a garden communicator based in Boise, Idaho. Other members were: William Aldrich, past president and Fellow of GardenComm in Springfield, Missouri; Catriona Tudor Erler, a garden writer and book author based in Charlottesville, Virginia; Augustus “Jenks” Farmer, garden book author and plantsman based in the Columbia, South Carolina, area; Nancy Rose, horticulturist and recently retired editor of Arnoldia, published by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; Brian Thompson, manager and curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle; and Deb Wiley, garden writer, editor, book project manager, and Fellow of GardenComm in Des Moines, Iowa.

The 2019 Book Awards will be presented on Friday, June 21 during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet at River Farm.

You can find the full list of winners here.

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Toronto Life Hails David Zilber as the "Wizard of Noma"

Posted: 2019/02/21   Source: Toronto Life

Toronto LIfe celebrates home-grown chef David Zilber in its recent issue as the "...freaky-brilliant polymath chef [who] is  changing the future of food."

In this wide-ranging profile, Zilber talks about the roots of his essentially Torontonian food culture, and the journey that led him to become the Director of Fermentation at Noma, often lauded as the world's best restaurant, and bestselling co-author of The Noma Guide to Fermentation. 



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Distribution Announcement - Interlink Publishing

Posted: 2019/01/17

We are pleased to announce that, effective January 17, 2019, Thomas Allen & Son will be the exclusive Canadian distributor of Interlink Publishing.

Interlink Publishing is an independent publishing house based in Northampton, Massachusetts, established in 1987. While Interlink specializes in such categories as World literature, World travel, World history and politics, and Children’s books, they are best known for their numerous award-winning and highly acclaimed international cookbooks. Recently published cookbooks include:
- Baladi: A Celebration of Food from Land and Sea by Joudie Kalla, named a Sunday Times(UK) Best Cookbook of the Year 2018 and has been called "an important cuisine and culinary tradition that needs to be understood, celebrated, and enjoyed" by the late Anthony Bourdain.
- The Immigrant Cookbook edited by Leyla Moushabeck, named a 2017 Cookbook of the Year by the Food Network and Martha Stewart Living
The Aleppo Cookbook by Marlene Matar, winner of the 2017 Art of Eating Prize and the International Academy of Gastronomy Award and named a Best Cookbook of 2016 by Washington Post and Publishers Weekly.

Please follow the link here to find Interlink’s full Spring 2019 list of front list titles and key backlist titles.

Interlink was previously sold in Canada by CODASAT and distributed by University of Toronto Press.

For more information about Interlink Publishing, or to place your order, please contact

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Posted: 2019/01/16

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco and illustrated by Canadian Joy Ang is the featured Reading List pick in CAA Magazine's Winter 2018 issue, noting its "surprising fats, fun tips and full-colour illustrations [that] abound in this quirky catalogue."

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid is a thrilling expedition to 100 of the most surprising, mysterious, and weird-but-true places on earth, including the Diavik Diamon Mine in the Northwest Territories, which pumps out 3,500 pounds of glittering gems a year, and the unique Edouard Arsenault Bottle Houses in Prince Edward Island, made from over 25,000 recycled glass bottles.

A New York Times Bestseller!

"Hey kids: Geography can be fun! At least when it involves an illustrated guide to 100 magical destinations, including the Waitomo Glowworm Caves of New Zealand and South Africa’s Boulders Penguin Colony. Just don’t blame us if next year the little ones ask for a round-trip ticket to Ethiopia’s Lava Lakes." —The Washington Post

“Curiosity is both a must and a given. The tone is consistently upbeat but not melodramatic, giving the oddments a sense of reality rather than fantasy—that you could go and witness these phenomena yourself. One delectable sampler of wonders, there for the asking.”
Kirkus Reviews

 “This unique atlas impresses the interconnectedness of the world upon readers, stoking their sense of respect, wonder, and opportunity.” —Booklist, ★ Starred Review

"This full-color guide to a trip around the world features some of the most remarkable and mysterious places on Earth." —Shelf Awareness

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Canadian House & Home Features Kinfolk Home

Posted: 2019/01/03   Source: Canadian House & Home

The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams is featured in the January "Shopping List" of Canadian House and Home! Pick up this amazing resource and turn your home into a uniquely personal and comforting space this new year.

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New York Times Profiles Heather Rose, Author of The Museum of Modern Love

Posted: 2018/11/28

The New York Times ran a fantastic profile of Heather Rose yesterday. In this warm and intimate piece the audience is introduced to both Rose, and her novel, The Museum of Modern Love, which critics have been raving about.

 “A meditation on love and creativity. In an ambitious admix of real-life figures, memorable fictional characters, and a ghost(!) or two, Rose guides an exploration of how best to live and, with distinction, how art might assist…”The New York Journal of Books

 “Museum of Modern Love is a tender meditation on art, love, grief, and life.” —Bustle

 “The Museum of Modern Love (Algonquin) is a light, easy novel, but it does shed insight into the mysterious Abramović, her personal life, and her artistic vision, as well as the fictionalized characters whose struggles mirror everyday realities.” –Vanity Fair

 “The Dazzlingly Original, International Award-Winning Novel.”—New York Magazine

  “The fundamental achievement of "The Museum of Modern Love" is to convey what was so riveting about "The Artist is Present," which for this reader — not a devotee of performance art — was far from obvious. Rose accomplishes this both through direct discussion of the work and by showing its effect on the lives of the characters… Performance art naysayers: You may like this book more than you would think.”Newsday

 “It acts as both a compassionate biography of Abramovic and a probing look at the nature of art, love and humanity…The book asks more questions than it answers, but it never tries to do too much, staying within the extended metaphor of an artist — Levin, Abramović, Rose — trying to engage with family or an audience or a reader, for however long a time they have together.”amNewYork




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Melinda Gates Recommends Beautiful Oops!

Posted: 2018/11/20   Source:

Philanthropist and mother, Melinda Gates, has recommended Beautiful Oops! as one of the "must-reads" for all young children.

As Gates told Literati, Saltzberg's book empowers children to think differently when things don't go as planned. "Instead of getting upset when you make mistakes, try to see them as a chance to create something as special and as unique as you are," she said.

It's time for all of us to celebrate the possibilities that come from making a mistep!

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Posted: 2018/10/19

René Redzepi and David Zilber's THE NOMA GUIDE TO FERMENTATION (Artisan Books) was officially released this past Tuesday, October 16, and the media is already abuzz about the book. CBS This Morning travelled to Noma in Copenhagen—four times recognized as the world’s best by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants—to chat with René and David about their fermentation lab and the use of fermentation in the restaurant's menu.

The New York Times included The Noma Guide to Fermentation in their Best Cookbooks of Fall 2018, calling it "[a] significant marker of an ever-advancing culinary culture" and "[a] fresh set of transformative cooking fundamentals [that]... make ferments something cooks reach for as readily as salt."

Forbes also published an article this weeked titled "Why Noma's René Redzepi believes fermentation is the future of food."

The Noma Guide to Fermentation is featured in the cookbook gift guide in the November issue of Canadian House & Home, with features and interviews to come from Postmedia, CBC Radio All in a Weekend, Canada's 100 Best Restaurants, La Presse, SHARP Magazine, and more!

René and David were in Toronto last Sunday, October 14 to kick off their North American book tour, where they presented their new book to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd at Isabel Bader Theatre. Up next will be a solo trip for David Zilber to Montreal, where Appetite for Books will host a one-on-one Q&A and book signing with David on Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 pm. Details and RSVP for the event can be found here.


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.


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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2019 Blue Spruce Award Nomination

Posted: 2018/10/15

We are thrilled to announce that I Love Sharks, Too! by Leanne Shirtliffe and illustrated by Lorenzo Montatore (Sky Pony Press) has been shortlisted for the 2019 Blue Spruce Award!

The Blue Spruce Award is part of the Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading—Canada’s largest recreational reading program. This award helps to bring recently published picture books to children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2. It also aims to promote reading at a critical time when children are developing their skills in evaluating picture-based stories and text. 

The winner of the Blue Spruce Award will be announced on May 19, 2019, during the Festival of Trees in Toronto.


Here’s more about the book and author:

Stevie likes sharks. Like a LOT. In response to everything his mom asks him, Stevie has an excellent shark fact in response.
“Brush your teeth, Stevie.”
“Mom, Mako sharks don’t have to brush their teeth because they are covered in fluoride.” 
From morning to bedtime—you would think this might totally wear his mom down. But guess who likes sharks, too? 
The book is filled with tons of fun facts, and also information about different shark breeds.

Leanne Shirtliffe is an award-winning humor writer. She writes for the Huffington PostNickelodeon's humor site, and authored the book Don't Lick the Mini Van (Skyhorse 2013). When she's not stopping her children from licking frozen flagpoles, Leanne teaches English to teenagers. You can read more about her misadventures at She currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.


About the Illustrator:

Lorenzo Montatore has been passionate about drawing from an early age. Heavily influenced by old cartoons and comics, he developed his career working on books, zines, comics and magazines, always bringing a spark of humor and quirkiness to every story he worked on. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

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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 8 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 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 Books to Read Before You Die (Workman) is one of our most anticipated books of 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 and series 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, Margaret 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 is published on October 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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James Beard Award Winners!

Posted: 2018/04/30

During this past weekend, the James Beard Foundation Book Award winners were announced, and we are delighted to say congratulations to two of our titles for winning the Best Book award!


Vegetable-Focused Cooking

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables
Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg
(Artisan Books)


Health and Special Diets

Deepa’s Secrets
Deepa Thomas


Congratulations to all the winners! The full list can be found here.

You can also watch the James Beard Award Gala on May 7, which will be streaming live on Twitter and at

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2017 Agatha Award Winners!

Posted: 2018/04/30

Thomas Allen & Son is pleased to announce that two of our titles were winners at this past Saturday’s Agatha Awards held by Malice Domestic 30 in Bethesda, MD!


Best Historical Novel


In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II

Rhys Bowen

Lake Union Publishing


Best First Novel


Hollywood Homicide

Kellye Garrett

Midnight Ink


The Agatha Awards honor mystery and crime writers published in the United States in the “cozy mystery” subgenre and are named for famed mystery and crime author Agatha Christie. You can find the complete list of Agatha Award winners here. Congratulations to Rhys Bowen and Kellye Garrett on this special occasion!

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2018 James Beard Foundation Finalists

Posted: 2018/03/15

The James Beard Foundation announced its 2018 Award Finalists for the Book, Restaurant and Chef, Media, and Restaurant Design categories on Wednesday, March 14. We are delighted to announce that this year’s finalists include three of our titles under the Book Award category, and two of our authors under the Restaurant and Chef Award category:

Full list of nominations here.



Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots


Author: Matt Jennings; Publisher: Artisan


Vegetable-Focused Cooking

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables


Author: Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg; Publisher: Artisan


Health and Special Diets

Deepa’s Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine


Author: Deepa Thomas; Publisher: Skyhorse


Best Chef (New York City)

Ignacio Mattos, Chef: Estela

Author of Estela (978-1-57965-670-6; pub date Oct. 2, 2018; Publisher: Artisan)


Outstanding Restaurant & Outstanding Pastry Chef

Frank Stitt, Owner/Chef of Highlands Bar & Grill

Author of Frank Stitt’s Southern Table (978-1-57965-246-3; Publisher: Artisan) and Frank Stitt’s Bottega Favorita (978-1-57965-302-6; Publisher: Artisan)


The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization based in New York City.  Named after the late James Beard—a champion of American cuisine—the foundation aims to continue his legacy by educating and mentoring generations of aspiring and professional chefs.  The theme of this year’s awards is RISE—to “celebrate the collective spirit of our community and the power of food.” The finalists were announced at a ceremony in Philadelphia on March 14.  Winners of the Book Awards will be announced on April 7, while winners of the Restaurant and Chef Awards will be announced at the James Beard Award Gala on Monday, May 7 in Chicago. Good luck to our finalists!

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IACP 2018 Winners

Posted: 2018/02/26

On Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the Hilton Midtown in New York City the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) unveiled the winners of its annual prestigious awards, including three Thomas Allen & Son authors across three categories.


 Winner: Children, Youth & Family

Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!

Author: Deanna F. Cook

Editors: Deborah Balmuth & Lisa Hiley

Publisher: Storey Publishing


Cookbook author Alice Medrich won a Food Writing Award for the category Food-Focused Column; the following titles are just a few of hers that we represent, including the previous James Beard Foundation Book Award Winner, Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours (Artisan Books) and Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies (Artisan Books).


We have also been representing a 2018 winner of a Culinary Classics Award, Bistro Cooking by Patricia Wells (Workman Publishing Company), since 1988.


The honorees have been chosen for their passion and impact in the food community with focus on the IACP host city for 2018, New York City. They have been chosen by the IACP Board of Directors with input from other industry professionals. Please join us in congratulating the winners and their publishers!

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ALA 2018 Honorees

Posted: 2018/02/12

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2018 top books for children and young adults Monday, February 12 in a press release sent out from Denver, Colorado.

Thomas Allen & Son is pleased to announce that four of our titles have been named honorees amongst the 2018 selections, including:   


DEVILS WITHIN, William C. Morris Award Finalist

By S.F. Henson; 9781510714564; Sky Pony Press


BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET: The Story of Harriet Tubman, King Illustrator Honor Books

By Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome; 9780823420476; Holiday House Inc


I SEE A CAT, Geisel Honor Books

By Paul Meisel; 9780823438495; Holiday House Inc



By Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold; 9780823436736; Holiday House Inc


Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Thomas Allen & Son also has the pleasure of representing 2017 Newbery Medal winner THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON amongst our titles.

Congratulations to these honorees and our publishers on their fantastic achievements!

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The IACP Finalists for 2018

Posted: 2018/02/07

The International Association of Culinary Professionals has announced its 2018 nominations for best culinary media in the categories of Cookbook, Digital Media, Food Photography, and Food Writing. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s nominees include four of our titles under the Cookbook Awards category:


Children, Youth & Family

Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!

Author: Deanna F. Cook, Editors: Deborah Balmuth; Lisa Hiley, Publisher: Storey Publishing


Health & Special Diet

Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen: Delicious, Nourishing Food for Lifelong Health and Well-Being

Author: Brittany Wood Nickerson, Editors: Nancy Ringer; Michal Lumsden, Publisher: Storey Publishing



Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots

Author: Matt Jennings, Editor: Judy Pray, Publisher: Artisan Books


Food Matters

Deepa's Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine

Author: Deepa Thomas, Editor: Kim Lim, Publisher: Skyhorse


Created in 1978 by cooking school owners and instructors, including Julia Child and Jacques Pépin, past honorees for the IACP awards include the food magazine Lucky Peach and chef Vivian Howard. IACP’s Cookbook Awards are the gold standard among cookbook awards, and have been presented for more than 25 years to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing, and to expand the public’s awareness of culinary literature. Nominees were announced February 6 at the Hotel 50 Bowery in New York City and will be reviewed by a panel of IACP-appointed judges. Good luck to our finalists!

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Holiday Closures

Posted: 2017/12/22

The staff at Thomas Allen & Son would like to wish everyone the very happiest of holidays!

Please note that we are open to receive orders but will not be shipping between December 27th and January 4th. 

We look forward to working with you all in the new year!

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Distribution Change: Llewellyn Publications

Posted: 2017/11/06

Effective January 1, 2018,  Thomas Allen & Son will be the exclusive Canadian distributor for Llewellyn Publications, a leading publisher of mind, body, spirit titles since 1905.

Based in Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications also has a critically acclaimed and award-winning mystery imprint, Midnight Ink, and acts as the exclusive North American distributor for Lo Scarabeo, an Italian publisher of beautiful tarot and oracle decks. They also partner with Blue Angel, an Australian publisher of oracles, books, CDs, and other sidelines.

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TASTE OF PERSIA, Taste Canada Award Gold Winner!

Posted: 2017/10/31

Congratulations to Naomi Duguid, who adds another honour to the list of accolades for her cookbook Taste of Persia! Last night, Taste of Persia was named the Gold Winner for Regional/Cultural Cookbooks at the Taste Canada Awards Gala. The evening celebrated Canada’s world-class culinary writers and food culture.

Taste of Persia has already won a James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year, International and an IACP  Award for Best Cookbook of the Year in Culinary Travel. It was also named a Best Cookbook of the Year (2016) by: Food & Wine, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Lost Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and USA Today.

Taste Canada Awards, celebrating its 20th year, recognizes both English- and French-language writers who are inspired by Canada’s multicultural landscape, the kitchens of their ancestors, and the bountiful foods we produce.

We extend our  congratulations to all the winners and finalists, including Allison Day, who was a finalist for her book Whole Bowls in the Health and Special Diets Cookbooks.

Please visit to see the full list of winners.

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Artisan and René Redzepi Announce New Partnership

Posted: 2017/10/11

NEW YORK, NY – October 11, 2017 René Redzepi, founder and head chef of noma, and Lia Ronnen, publisher and editorial director of Artisan, today announced a new publishing partnership that will build upon the pioneering work of the acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant.

In October 2018, Artisan will publish the first of three new books with Redzepi, launching the Foundations of Flavour series that the chef and his team have conceived specifically to share their knowledge and techniques with home cooks. In addition, Artisan and Redzepi will launch Dispatches, a biannual series designed to further the ideas and conversations of MAD, the nonprofit established by Redzepi to galvanize the creative potential of the global cooking community.

The first book by Redzepi, Foundations of Flavour: The Noma Guide to Fermentation, a major new work to be published in October 2018, will introduce fermentation as a powerful tool that can transform the way we approach cooking. This will be one of the first fermentation books written from a chef’s point of view, and will give home cooks and readers access to the craft and innovation of one of the world’s most respected restaurants.

The book will illuminate the world of fermentation through the lens of noma’s renowned fermentation lab, introducing readers to the different ferments they use, explaining the techniques they practice, and demonstrating how they have influenced the restaurant’s philosophy and menu. It will draw on over a decade of research and practice developed by past and present members of the lab team, including Torsten Vildgaard, Arielle Johnson, Lars Williams, Thomas Frebel, and the lab’s current director, David Zilber. Beyond the history and science of fermentation, Redzepi and Zilber will also provide detailed instructions to create ferments at home, as well as original recipes that will inspire readers to get creative and experiment with fermentation in their home cooking.

Future works are in the early stages of development and will be announced closer to their release and after the publishing of the first title.

In September 2018, Artisan will publish the first volume of Dispatches, a new biannual series from MAD. Edited by Chris Ying, cofounder and former editor in chief of Lucky Peach, and with contributions from Redzepi and other respected writers and thought leaders, Dispatches will encourage readers to think about food in new ways and to take action as part of a global food and cooking community.

In February, noma closed at the harborside warehouse that it has called home for the past fourteen years. In early 2018, it will reopen in a new Copenhagen location and turn its focus to the region’s three distinct seasons and the myriad microseasons within each.

Redzepi is the author of two James Beard Award–winning books, Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine and René Redzepi: A Work in Progress.

Redzepi says, “With the first book in our Foundations of Flavour series, we want to teach the principles of fermentation that have made us successful at noma. I am so excited to be writing a book with David Zilber, and to have the opportunity to pass this knowledge on to a wider audience. We know that our approach to cooking can benefit any kitchen, and we want to inspire people to explore the possibilities of fermentation at home. With Dispatches, we hope to share some of the conversations that have started at MAD. By making them accessible, we hope to nurture ideas and inspire action that will push forward our trade, our communities, and the world at large.”

“The work that René and his team are doing to create new flavors—beginning with fermentation—is singular,” says Ronnen. “Simply put, making noma’s ideas and techniques available through these new books will change the world’s approach to cooking. The MAD symposium has become a breeding ground for cutting-edge conversation around food. Now with Dispatches, that conversation will be available to everyone. From Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry Cookbook to Sean Brock’s Heritage, Artisan has a tradition of working with boundary-breaking chefs to create the books that shape the way our culture thinks about food and cooking. René and his team are breaking the mold anew, and we’re excited to publish their ideas to an ever-widening global audience.”

Artisan has world rights to both the Foundations of Flavour and Dispatches series.

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Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Co. founded in 1994 and based in New York City, publishes illustrated books that inspire and instruct, produced with intention and quality. Specializing in cooking, lifestyle, and popular culture, the house counts Thomas Keller, Sean Brock, Francis Mallmann, Eric Werner, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, Edward Lee, David Tanis, Naomi Duguid, Alice Medrich, and Ignacio Mattos among its authors. Recent New York Times bestsellers include In the Company of Women, John Derian Picture Book, and The Kinfolk Home.

International Rights Contact:

Kristina Peterson, 212-614-5617,

Press Contacts:

United States: Allison McGeehon, 212-614-7705;

United Kingdom: Claire Bowles, 01858 565800;

Canada: Bonita Mok, 905-475-9126 x342;

Australia: Kasi Collins, (03) 8520 6444;

New Zealand: Jennie Brockie, (09) 419 2635;

Europe and Asia: Sara High, 212-614-7757;

Author photo credit: Laura Lajh Prijatelj

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2017 National Book Awards Finalists Announced

Posted: 2017/10/04

Congratulations to Lisa Ko and Elana K. Arnold, whose books have been selected as finalists for the 68th National Book Awards!


Lisa Ko’s The Leavers is sub-listed under Fiction, and Elana K. Arnold’s What Girls Are Made Of is sub-listed under Young People’s Literature. The winners will be announced on November 15th in New York City.


The National Book Awards are presented by the National Book Foundation in the United States. They endeavor to celebrate the best of American literature, expand its audience, and enhance the cultural value of great writing. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award. You can find the full list of this year’s finalists here.


Congratulations are also due to Samantha Mabry, whose book All the Wind in the World was longlisted for the prize in the Young People’s Literature category.

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2017 Taste Canada Shortlist Announced

Posted: 2017/07/18

Congratulations to Naomi Duguid and Allison Day, who have been named finalists for the 2017 Taste Canada Awards!

Duguid’s Taste of Persia is on the shortlist for Regional/Cultural Cookbooks (English-language), while Day’s Whole Bowls is on the shortlist for Health and Special Diets Cookbooks (English-language).

In its 20th year, the Taste Canada Awards annually honour Canada’s world-class culinary writers in both English and French.

The Gold and Silver Award winners will be announced at the annual Taste Canada Awards Gala on Monday, October 30, 2017, in Toronto.

Please visit to view the entire 2017 shortlist.

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The Silver Suitcase, WINNER of the 2017 Word Award for Best Historical Novel

Posted: 2017/06/27

It was announced yesterday that The Silver Suitcase by Canadian author Terrie Todd has won the 2017 Word Award for Best Historical Novel. The announcement comes almost two months before the release of Todd’s newest historical novel, Bleak Landing, set to be released August 15, 2017. Todd is also author of Maggie’s War.

The Word Awards are awards by The Word Guild, and were established to encourage the pursuit of excellence in the art, craft, practice, and ministry of writing and help to raise the profile of Canadian writers who are Christian. The Word Guild is an association of Canadian writers, editors, speakers, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and other Christian individuals who are invested in or employed in media.

We are delighted by this recognition and offer Terrie our warmest congratulations. The Silver Suitcase can be found in both paperback and audio formats. Click here for the full list of winners.

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Keep Your Kids Inspired All Summer Long!

Posted: 2017/06/23

Now that summer is officially here, we know moms and dads are probably wondering how to keep their kids active, interested, and engaged in learning in fun and exciting ways. Even better are activities that keep the kids occupied without constant parental supervision—that way the adults can enjoy their summer, too!

Here at Thomas Allen we have plenty of titles and activity books that your kids will actually want to use.

Our Summer Brain Quest series is great for kids of all ages and learning styles. In a flexible paperback format and complete with a variety of activities for both indoor and outdoor fun, this series is perfect to keep those summer brains active! The series covers 6 different grade ranges and, best of all, is created around an interactive quest adventure that feels like a game.

We know how much kids love fidget spinners, and what better way to keep them occupied on long drives to the cottage or indoors on a rainy day than with Fun with Fidget Spinners? This book is jam-packed with 50 tricks and games to master the fidget spinner, from beginner to advanced levels. We won’t blame the parents if they just happen to pick up a fidget spinner and this title while the kids are asleep, either!

From arts and crafts to sports, science and mathematics to general reading, kids with a variety of interests have a book to occupy them. Take these titles with you wherever you go, whether that’s at home in the kitchen, in the car on a weekend getaway, or on the deck at the cottage! Your kids will be inspired to get creative and continue learning all throughout the summer.

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Raised by Animals on CBC's Quirks & Quarks

Posted: 2017/06/22

Everyone’s talking about Raised by Animals!

Author Dr. Jennifer Verdolin was a guest on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks earlier this week to discuss her book, in which she explores the natural world of animal parenting and finds no shortage of lessons for human moms and dads!

You can listen to her interview with Bob McDonald online, or read a transcript of the interview on the CBC Quirks & Quarks page, here.

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Andrew McCarthy on eTalk!

Posted: 2017/06/22

Earlier this month, actor-turned-author Andrew McCarthy stopped by the CTV eTalk studio to discuss his New York Times bestseller, Just Fly Away—a debut young adult novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one’s way in the world. Watch the entire segment here.

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TASTE OF PERSIA Wins 2017 James Beard Foundation Award!

Posted: 2017/04/26   Source: Artisan Books

Congratulations to Naomi Duguid and Artisan Books! It was announced last night in New York that Taste of Persia won the 2017 James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year, International. This is in addition to the IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel that the book won earlier in March. 

by Naomi Duguid
ISBN: 9781579655488
$50.00 Hardcover
400 pages, 7.5 x 9.75, CTN 10
Stock available

  • 2017 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel
  • 2017 James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year, International
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Summer Brain Quest is Here!

Posted: 2017/04/20   Source: Workman Publishing


 Combat the "Summer Slide" and keep your kids learning with Summer Brain Quest workbooks!  Each book features 160 pages jam-packed with exercises on math, science, social studies, and English language arts, and includes a map, more than 150 achievement stickers, outdoor activities, reading lists, and more.

From the creators of North America’s #1 educational bestseller Brain Quest comes Summer Brain Questa workbook, a game, and an outdoor adventure that’s interactive and personalized to keep kids excited about learning all summer long!  Each workbook in the series is designed to be completed between grades, touching on the core subjects appropriate to the reader’s age and education level.


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Summer Grilling Promotion!

Posted: 2017/04/11

Ready to thaw out from winter and fire up those grills? Thinking about your Father’s Day tables and programs? Then take advantage of our Summer Grilling Promotion!

This spring, we’re offering our trade independent bookstores, gift, specialty, and library accounts* an exclusive discount. When you order a minimum of 2 copies of Steven Raichlen’s new edition of BARBECUE SAUCES, RUBS, AND MARINADES + 6 assorted titles from our selection of top-selling barbecue titles—including Canada Grills!, How to Grill, and Project Smoke—you’ll receive an additional 5% discount off these titles.

Offer ends June 16, 2017.

Click HERE to view the full list of grilling titles eligible for this promotion. You can directly place your order through this form, or fill out this order form and:

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*Wholesale accounts not eligible for this promotion. Offer only applies for customers in good standing.

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Timber Press Wins 3 AHS Awards!

Posted: 2017/03/27   Source: Timber Press

Timber Press has won THREE of the five 2017 American Horticultural Society (AHS) Book Awards! ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ GARDENS (9781604695892), GARDEN REVOLUTION (9781604696165), and ROCK GARDENING (9781604695878) were all chosen for their outstanding contribution to the world of gardening literature. The AHS Book Awards are the highest honour in gardening publishing, and only given to a handful of books each year to recognize excellence in book making by both the authors and the publishers.

The 2017 AHS Book Awards will be presented on June 8 during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet at River Farm.

Garden Revolution
by Larry Weaner & Christopher Thomas
ISBN: 9781604696165
$59.95 Hardcover
328 pages, 8.5 x 10, CTN 10
Timber Press

Rock Gardening
by Joseph Tychonievich
ISBN: 9781604695878
$52.95 Hardcover
296 pages, 7 x 9, CTN 18
Timber Press

All the Presidents’ Gardens
by Marta McDowell
ISBN: 9781604695892
$44.95 Hardcover
336 pages, 6.5 x 9, CTN 12
Timber Press

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Posted: 2017/03/23

GET 50% OFF when you order from our selection of featured titles, which are all in-stock and available to ship now!

Best of all, this promotion is open to any of our Thomas Allen & Son customers who are currently in good standing.

Click through the categories below to see our list of featured titles eligible for this exclusive promotion:

Standard shipping restrictions apply. Free shipping with a minimum order of $200.00 net. Promotion available to any customer in good standing. Offer ends April 21, 2017.


Four easy ways to order:

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James Beard Foundation 2017 Book Awards Finalist

Posted: 2017/03/16

The James Beard Foundation announced its 2017 Book Awards Finalists yesterday afternoon, and 3 Workman Publishing titles are nominated! Winners will be announced on April 25 in New York.

by Nami Duguid
ISBN: 9781579655488
$50.00 Hardcover
400 pages, 7.5 x 9.75
•    Nominated in the International category

by Uri Scheft
ISBN: 9781579656829
$50.00 Hardcover
352 pages, 8 x 10.5
•   Nominated in the Baking and Dessert category

by Cara Mangini
ISBN: 9780761180524
$45.00 Hardcover
352 pages, 8 x 10
•    Nominated in the Vegetable-Cooking category

See the full list of nominations here.

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IACP 2017 Cookbook Award Winners!

Posted: 2017/03/06

Congratulations to 2017 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) winners TASTE OF PERIA by Naomi Duguid (Artisan, Culinary Travel) and THE VEGETABLE BUTCHER by Cara Mangini (Workman, Single Subject & People’s Choice Award). Both Naomi and Cara accepted their awards at the IACP gala in Louisville last night.

by Nami Duguid
ISBN: 9781579655488
$50.00 Hardcover
400 pages, 7.5 x 9.75
•    Winner in the Culinary Travel category

by Cara Mangini
ISBN: 9780761180524
$45.00 Hardcover
352 pages, 8 x 10
•    Winner in the Single Subject category
•    Winner of the People’s Choice Award, voted on by all the IACP members

The full list of winners can be viewed here.

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THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON wins 2017 Newbery Medal

Posted: 2017/01/23

Congratulations to Kelly Barnhill and Algonquin Young Publishers! Barnhill's THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON has been named the 2017 Newbery Medal winner!

The Newbery Medal is the highest U.S. award in children's literature, awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) for the most distinguished contribution to American children's literature.

In this New York Times bestselling epic fantasy, a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside. This critically acclaimed novel for middle-graders has been named a Best Book of 2016 by: Entertainment Weekly, the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist.



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Thomas Allen Remembers Tom Harpur

Posted: 2017/01/10

Thomas Allen and Son fondly remembers Tom Harpur, who passed away on January 2nd, 2017. Harpur was a Rhodes Scholar and a theologian, a long-time columnist for the Toronto Star and the author of many books. His groundbreaking work, The Pagan Christ, was a national best-seller and introduced many people to a revolutionary new way of thinking about Christianity. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.

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