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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

Posted: 2018/07/06

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

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

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


Readers will also be pleased to find these international favourites:

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


About the author:

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


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

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Fall 2018 Catalogues Have Arrived!

Posted: 2018/07/04

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

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

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

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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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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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