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2017 Shirley Jackson Award Winner

Posted: 2018/07/18

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

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

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

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


About the author:

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


For the full list of winners, visit this link.

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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

Posted: 2018/07/06

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

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

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


Readers will also be pleased to find these international favourites:

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


About the author:

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


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

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Fall 2018 Catalogues Have Arrived!

Posted: 2018/07/04

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

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

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

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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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