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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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 five of our titles under the Cookbook Awards category:



Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

Author: Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg, Editor: Ann Bramson, Publisher: Artisan Books


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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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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