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Thomas Allen Launches New Website

Posted: 2015/04/24
Thomas Allen & Son Ltd. launches a new website today, better allowing bookstores and other retailers to navigate over 18,000 available titles across dozens of categories and subjects.
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SEEING SEEDS Recognized for Photographic Excellence!

Posted: 2015/07/02

Robert Llewellyn and Seeing Seeds received high honors this week, taking a top spot in The Communication Arts Annual Photography Award, in the Books category. The award is announced in the July/August issue of Communication Arts, a magazine for visual artists, photographers, and creative people of all kinds.

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MAYOR ROB FORD: UNCONTROLLABLE - New Pub Date!

Posted: 2015/10/02
Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable, the behind-the-scenes account of the former Toronto mayor's rise and dramatic fall written by his former chief-of-staff Mark Towhey, and leading Canadian journalist Johanna Schneller, has a new publication date. The book will now be published on October 27, 2015.

In February 2013, Toronto’s former mayor, Rob Ford, was caught on video smoking crack cocaine. Weeks later, he was accused of groping a campaign rival, asked to leave a gala for being too intoxicated, and fired as the coach of a high school football team. The events were part of a stream of Rob Ford “mishaps,” which include a DUI, accusations of domestic violence, a trial in which the Toronto City Council stripped him of his powers, and even accusations of murder.

Through it all, Ford’s former chief of staff, Mark Towhey, stood by his side. Towhey was part of Ford’s inner circle. He responded to media questions regarding Ford’s drug and alcohol addictions, his anger management problems, and, of course, the video of Ford smoking crack. And when Towhey had a confidential conversation with Ford in which he told the Mayor to “get help”, he was fired.

Every other book, article and analysis of Rob Ford has been written from the outside—the story to date has always stopped at the closed door to the Toronto Mayor’s Office. Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable (Skyhorse Publishing, $32.99) takes you behind that door, deep inside the mayor's inner circle and into the private late night conversations Ford had with Towhey, his most trusted advisor. He gives a candid insider account of working with Ford, covering for him, respecting his strengths, and managing his weaknesses. UNCONTROLLABLE is a stunning look at one of the world’s most publicly troubled men.

About the Authors:
Mark Towhey joined Rob Ford’s mayoral campaign in 2010 and, after Ford’s election, served as his chief of staff from August 2012 to May 2013. Today, he is a management consultant and the host of a radio show on Newstalk 1010. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Johanna Schneller is a Canadian journalist who writes for publications such as The Globe and Mail, Vanity Fair, GQ, InStyle, and Toronto Life. The Toronto Film Critics Association named her “one of North America’s leading freelance journalists.” She lives in Toronto, Canada.



Praise for Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable

“If you thought you had a fixed opinion about Rob Ford and his roller-coaster ride as Toronto’s mayor, this will add fact, nuance, and behind-the-scenes knowledge hard-earned by those who, like Mark Towhey, were immersed in the utter madhouse. This is a brilliant, rollicking tell-all, and there are places that that are screamingly funny. It’s written with such intelligence, honesty, wry self-awareness and generosity that it easily rises above the genre. —Christie Blatchford, journalist, National Post

“What a wonderful surprise: a book about Rob Ford that’s funny, heartbreaking, and smart. Everyone who watched the Ford circus had two questions: How did this happen? And what was it like inside? Towhey gives us the best answer we’ll ever have to both questions. Highly recommended.” —Paul Wells, bestselling author, award-winning columnist, and political editor for Maclean’s

“Impossible to put down. Upsetting, mesmerizing, funny, tragic. It was truly fascinating to re-experience the drama of the Ford saga through Towhey’s eyes.” —Sarah Fulford, editor, Toronto Life
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Our Fall 2015 Catalogues are Now Available!

Posted: 2015/07/07
We're pleased to announce that our Fall 2015 catalogues are here! See what new and exciting titles we have in store this upcoming season. Our catalogues can be viewed online and can be downloaded from our website.

Click here to start browsing our Fall 2015 catalogues.
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Remembering Austin Clarke

Posted: 2016/06/27

Thomas Allen and Son fondly remembers Austin Clarke, who passed away on Sunday. Clarke was the author of many books, including The Polished Hoe, and was a suuperb writer and a respected friend to many of us. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.

 

 

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Amazon Publishing and Brilliance Audio Partner with Thomas Allen & Son

Posted: 2016/01/07

Amazon Publishing and Brilliance Audio have signed a distribution agreement with Thomas Allen & Son, who have been Canada’s leading independent distributor of books for 100 years.

 As of December 25, 2015, Thomas Allen & Son oversees Canadian distribution of both print and audio from Amazon Publishing’s 14 imprints, as well as the Brilliance Audio catalog. Print and audio from Amazon Publishing’s faith-based imprint, Waterfall Press, will also continue to be offered in Canada through Foundation Distributing Inc

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Thomas Allen & Son to distribute Lerner Publishing Group

Posted: 2015/12/23

Thomas Allen and Son is proud to announce that effective January 1, 2016 we will become the Canadian Trade distributor for the Lerner Publishing Group. 

 

One of North America’s largest independently owned children’s school and library book publishers for more than 55 years, Lerner Publishing Group offers a wide breadth and depth of content—board books, early readers, middle grade and YA fiction, picture books, graphic novels, series fiction for reluctant readers, and nonfiction for ages 2-18. These exceptionally written, captivating books are published under thirteen imprints and divisions, each with a unique age and content focus.

 

 Lerner Imprints

Carolrhoda Books

Distinctive picture books, chapter books, and fiction and nonfiction titles that inspire the imagination. 

Carolrhoda Lab™

Exciting, dramatic, provocative and explosive YA fiction for teens and their sympathizers. 

Darby Creek

Outstanding, kid-safe juvenile fiction series for emerging, striving, and reluctant readers in grades 2-12.

Graphic Universe™

Kid-safe graphic novels and supreme artwork and action-packed storylines. 

Kar-Ben Publishing

A growing Jewish library for children pre-school to young adult. 

LernerClassroom

Paperback editions of curriculum-based and high-interest nonfiction series books for grades PreK-5, tied to state and Common Core standards.

 Lerner Digital™

Exceptional online content that shares knowledge, inspires creativity, and shapes minds, tied to state and Common Core standards.

Lerner Publications

Photo-illustrated, educational and high-interest nonfiction series for grades PreK-5, tied to state and Common Core standards. 

Millbrook Press

Entertaining and informative nonfiction picture books and series and photo-driven single titles to teach young minds. 

Twenty-First Century Books

High-interest nonfiction titles that make curriculum-oriented subjects dynamic and accessible for young adult readers.

 

Lerner Publisher Services Imprints

Andersen Press USA

Andersen Press publishes some of the most well-known and beloved names in the world of children's picture books.

Big & Small

Big & Small publishes educational, curriculum-driven picture books.

Gecko Press

Gecko Press is a New Zealand-based, award-winning independent publisher of curiously good books from around the world.

JR Comics

JR Comics takes the great classics of Chinese literature and presents them as thrilling graphic novels.

Kane Press

Kane Press is an award-winning publisher of over 185 illustrated titles for children ages 3 to 11. Connecting fiction stories with authentic content and relating that content to a child's everyday experiences are the focus of all Kane Press books.

Red Chair Press At Red Chair Press we have nearly 50 years' experience writing and illustrating children's books, developing and researching educational materials, and collaborating with teachers and parents around the world.

Scobre Educational

Scobre Educational was started as a means to motivate both proficient and striving readers by focusing on subjects that appeal to their interests.

We Do Listen Foundation

The We Do Listen Foundation creates entertaining, educational picture books to help young children learn to listen, important life lessons and to feel good about themselves.  

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Distribution Announcement: Cottage Door Press & Flowerpot Press

Posted: 2015/11/01

Thomas Allen & Son is pleased to announce that, effective November 1, 2015, we become the exclusive Canadian distributor for Cottage Door Press and Flowerpot Press.

This is the first time that Cottage Door Press is available in Canada. Cottage Door Press is an independent publisher of high-quality children’s books and was founded in 2014 by Richard G. Maddrell, who has nearly forty years of experience as a business executive and corporate officer, many of which were spent in the publishing industry. Based in the Chicago area Cottage Door Press produces fresh, high quality books for the infant and toddler market.

Based in both Oakville and Nashville, Flowerpot Press is a family-owned publisher of children’s titles for age ranges 0-12, producing early learning board books, picture books, and illustrated non-fiction reference titles with accompanying parent and educator resources to enhance the reading experience.

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Niki Jabbour wins the Gold Award for Best On-Air Talent!

Posted: 2015/09/30

Niki Jabbour, author of the bestselling, award-winning books The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens, has been awarded the 2016 Gold Award for Best On-Air Talent from the Garden Writers Association for her work on "The Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour," which celebrates eight years in 2015. This international award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications.

Niki, who lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has produced and hosted "The Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour" for the past eight years. The live show airs every Sunday on News 95.7FM in Halifax and 1310 News in Ottawa, as well as online at www.news957.com. She is also one of the personalities behind SavvyGardening.com, the popular site that features four unique gardening voices. Niki is currently working on her third book, which will be published by Storey Publishing in 2016.

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Distribution Notice: Schiffer Publishing

Posted: 2015/07/30

Thomas Allen & Son is proud to announce that it is the exclusive Canadian distributor for Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer is a family-owned publisher of illustrated and photographed non-fiction, specializing in books on antiques, architecture and design, arts and crafts, collectibles, lifestyle, pop culture, pin-up, tattoos, military and aviation history, and children’s titles. This will be the first time Schiffer has been distributed in Canada.

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BOREDOM BUSTERS Nominated for a 2016 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award!

Posted: 2015/10/15

Congratulations to Caroline Fernandez, whose book Boredom Busters: 50+ Awesome Activities, Recipes, Experiments, and More has been nominated as a 2016 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award, part of the Forest of Reading® Program through the Ontario Library Association (OLA).

The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program, and is meant to:
- Develop recognition for Canadian authors and Canadian books,
- Contribute to the financial stability of the Canadian publishing industry,
- Provide teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, library staff, and parents with a meaningful tool for improving literacy in schools and libraries, and
- Respond to community interest and needs.

This initiative of the OLA offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in young people of all ages. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their school or public library.

The full list of nominated titles for the 2016 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award can be found here.

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Larry Olmsted, author of REAL FOOD/FAKE FOOD, on CBC Radio q

Posted: 2016/08/10

Journalist Larry Olmsted, author of Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It, was a guest on CBC Radio q earlier this morning, and spoke to guest host Jelena Adzic about the economic, environmental, and health consequences of cheaper substitutes we find in the food industry.

If you missed his interview during the show, you can catch it again online here.

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HIS BLOODY PROJECT longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize

Posted: 2016/08/09

HIS BLOODY PROJECT, by Graeme Macrae Burnet, has been named to the longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize!

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, HIS BLOODY PROJECT opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question. Scottish author Graeme Macrae Burnet has established a reputation for smart and literary mystery writing with his highly praised first novel, The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau, which was featured in the List’s Top Scottish Books of 2014 and was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. He was a winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award in 2013. 

HIS BLOODY PROJECT will be published in North America on October 4, 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing.

The Man Booker Prize aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. The winner of The Man Booker Prize receives £50,000.

You can view the full 2016 Man Book Prize longlist here.

The shortlist will be announced on September 13.

 

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Moving Announcement: Thomas Allen & Son

Posted: 2016/06/02

Thomas Allen & Son is moving

 Thomas Allen & Son is relocating its office and warehousing facilities and will be temporarily closed from June 17-20th, 2016.

 When: June 17-20, 2016

Where: 195 Allstate Parkway, Markham, ON L3R 4T8 

There will be NO change to the following: 

  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Fax numbers
  • EDI order information

Please note that while this is the same location as Fitzhenry & Whiteside, all ordering, accounting, shipping, and returns operations remain entirely separate. DO NOT mix product returns for the two distributors.  Fitzhenry & Whiteside and Thomas Allen & Son remain separate businesses with independent operations. 

Schedule

June 17 – Offices and warehouse are closed and cannot receive shipments or faxed orders. All email and EDI orders can continue as normal.

June 21 – All operations resume.

 

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Naomi Duguid featured in the Globe & Mail

Posted: 2016/09/12

Award-winning cookbook author Naomi Duguid was recently featured in The Globe & Mail, where she gives further insight on the inspiration behind her latest book. The beautiful profile piece focuses on Duguid's new cookbook, TASTE OF PERSIA, which comes out September 20th.

Duguid will be appearing at this year's Books 'n' Cooks Stage at Word on the Street in Toronto on Sunday, September 25th. She'll be on-stage at 11:30 am.

You can read the full Globe & Mail profile here.

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SUPERFOODS 24/7 shortlisted for a Taste Canada Food Writing Award

Posted: 2016/09/13

Congratulations to Jessica Nadel, who is shortlisted for a Taste Canada Food Writing Award for her book SUPERFOODS 24/7. The book is shortlisted under the Health and Special Diet Cookbooks (English) category.

Taste Canada’s mission is to be the authoritative culinary writing award in Canada by showcasing and recognizing the best. Taste Canada annually honours superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary community, in English and French.

 The Awards are presented in Toronto each year at the Taste Canada Gala Fundraiser and Reception, which is in itself a unique gastronomic delight. Previous winners have included such notable figures as Kate Aitken, Michael Smith, Laura Olson, Michael Bonacini, Laura Calder, Ricardo, Elizabeth Baird, Anita Stewart, Naomi Duguid, Normand Laprise, and Martin Picard, to name a few.

 The 2016 Taste Canada awards will be announced on Monday, November 14th at the historic Arcadian Court.

 You can see the complete Taste Canada shortlist here.

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HIS BLOODY PROJECT shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize

Posted: 2016/09/13

Congratulations to Graeme Macrae Burnet! Burnet's novel, HIS BLOODY PROJECT, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize!

Presented as a collection of documents discovered by the author, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers of Culdie, Ross-shire. They offer conflicting impressions of the accused; one interviewee recalls Macrae as a gentle and quiet child, while another details him as evil and wicked. Chief among the papers is Roderick Macrae’s own memoirs where he outlines the series of events leading up to the murder in eloquent and affectless prose. There follow medical reports, psychological evaluations, a courtroom transcript from the trial, and other documents that throw both Macrae’s motive and his sanity into question. Scottish author Graeme Macrae Burnet has established a reputation for smart and literary mystery writing with his highly praised first novel, The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau, which was featured in the List’s Top Scottish Books of 2014 and was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. He was a winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award in 2013.

His Bloody Project will be published in North America on October 4, 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing.

The Man Booker Prize aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. The winner of The Man Booker Prize receives £50,000.

You can view the full 2016 Man Book Prize shortlist here.

The winner will be announced on October 25.

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Kaitlyn Greenidge's WE LOVE YOU, CHARLIE FREEMAN Named A NY Times Top Book of 2016!

Posted: 2016/12/16

We're excited to announce that Kaitlyn Greenidge's We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books, 9781616206444) was chosen by New York Times critic, Janet Maslin, as one of her Top 10 Books of 2016!

The paperback edition pubs on January 31, 2017!

In case you missed it, here are some highlights of the praise that this phenomenal title has already received:

“A terrifically auspicious debut.”
Janet Maslin, The New York Times

  “Greenridge’s wondrous first novel pits the sins of the past against the desire for the future in a multifaceted narrative that challenges concepts of culture and communication.”
Booklist (starred)

 “Greenidge proves herself a master of dialogue, which helps her craft engaging, well-drawn characters. …with humor, irony, and wit, Greenidge tackles this sensitive subject and crafts a light but deeply respectful take on this heavy aspect of America's treatment of black people. This is a timely work, full of disturbing but necessary observations. A vivid and poignant coming-of-age story that is also an important exploration of family, race, and history.”
Kirkus Reviews

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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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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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IACP 2017 Food Writing Awards Finalists

Posted: 2017/02/10

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced its 2017 Award Finalists in New York earlier this week, and 6 of the Workman Publishing titles are nominated! Winners will be announced during the IACP gala in Louisville on March 5.

Taste of Persia by Nami Duguid (9781579655488, Artisan)
Nominated in the Culinary Travel category

Breaking Breads by Uri Scheft (9781579656829, Artisan)
Nominated in the Culinary Travel and the Food, Photography & Styling categories

Mad Hungry Family by Lucinda Scala Quinn (9781579656645, Artisan)
Nominated in the Children, Youth & Family category

The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini (9780761180524, Workman)
Nominated in the Single Subject category

Fresh Fish by Jennifer Trainer Thompson (9781612128085, Storey)
Nominated in the American category

Ocean Greens by Lisette Kreischer & Marcel Schuttelaar (9781615193523, The Experiment)
Nominated in the Food Matters category

See the full list of nominations here.

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