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17 Apr

Summer Smackdown is BACK!


Are you ready for SUMMER SMACKDOWN 2014?

Summer Smackdown is our annual competition where we ask each Chapters, Indigo and Coles store to pick ONE book to champion throughout the summer. ONE book that you can really get behind and show your passion for books. At the end of the summer, we’ll pick three stores (one in each region) to win a prize for their team and a charitable donation in your store’s name. Don’t worry, the size of the store doesn’t matter!

And the books are…
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker - a great pick for mystery readers. We’re comparing this to Gone Girl!
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson - the new book from the author of the 100-Year-Old Man!
Bird Box by Josh Malerman - a truly creepy story that reminds us of early Stephen King. This is an in-house fave.
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard - great if you have a lot of YA readers, this is a scandalous new adult novel from the author of Pretty Little Liars
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles - Greg Iles is a back with a tense new crime fiction novel that reminds us of Dennis Lehane or John Grisham
The Summer Without You by Karen Swan - A charming new novel for fans of contemporary women’s fiction, from the author of Christmas at Tiffany’s
Iron & Rust by Harry Sidebottom - If you love historical fiction then you are going to devour this story set in ancient Rome

Does one book already jump out? Once you have selected your book email me and I will be able to send along reading copies and other fun materials. Your selections are due June 2nd so you have plenty of time to decide, and strategize!

We can’t wait to see which books you guys pick! Seriously, those are 7 great books (maybe even our BEST Summer Smackdown books EVER!).

And, check back here at the Indigo Insider for updates and more details!


(PS. See anything above that you want to read? Email me!)

16 Apr

The Boundless: A Review by Cory

Longtime subscribers to the Indigo Insider know what a fan of Kenneth Oppel’s I am. So when and early copy of The Boundless arrived on my desk (job perk!) I was thrilled.

Ken is a master of adventure and it’s no surprise why young readers across Canada have turned him into one of our country’s most famous authors. He’s won nearly every major award there is for children’s literature and his books have sold well over 1.3 million copies! He’s entirely unique…much like The Boundless in fact. This story of one boy’s adventure on the longest, biggest train in the world as it races across Canada will have readers gasping as they furiously flip pages desperate to find out what happens in the zoo car, as they encounter the supernatural swamp hag or fend off sasquatches. This is EXACTLY the kind of book that will encourage a lifetime of reading and that both boys (and girls) will devour.

The first edition in bookstores this April will come with a special keepsake and I can’t wait to get mine.

I hope you love it as much as I did!


15 Apr

A sweet treat for some lucky Indigo booksellers!

Just finished sending out this little package to some lucky Indigo booksellers! It includes Laline Paull’s debut novel, The Bees; a riveting story told through the eyes of a young bee. Emma Donoghue and Margaret Atwood are both raving about this one!

And, as a little treat we also included a stick of honey from a local honey store :) Just a little something sweet!

This package went out to our Champions list. Want to find out more about our Champions program? Email me at shannon.parsons@harpercollins.com

11 Apr

The praise is rolling in for Frog Music!

We’re so excited for Emma Donoghue! Frog Music hit the Globe and Mail bestseller list last week, is on the Indigo Bestseller list, and is getting rave reviews across the country.

And, you guys love it too!

I finally finished Frog Music and I thought it was fantastic. Jenny Bonnet is one of those characters that even when dead, you root for the whole story. To me, the book was almost like a mix between Water For Elephants and The Sisters Brothers, and you really can’t go wrong. I loved the music and I think Emma did a great job painting the San Fran landscape so clearly.” — Phil at IndigoSpirit

It’s Leila’s Staff Pick at Chapters Gloucester!


Watch for our ad in the Globe and Mail tomorrow too! Here’s a sneak peek:


09 Apr

Praise for Natchez Burning!

“Simply put, this is Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County for the “Breaking Bad” generation: life’s rich pageant, delivered unharnessed and uncensored by a writer at the peak of his powers who is mad as hell, and just as heartbroken.” ~ BookPage Magazine

"Imagine William Faulkner and Stieg Larsson had a love child.  Natchez Burning—its plot hinging on unsolved murders during the civil rights movement—combines the pace of Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with a Faulkneresque, bone-deep knowledge of Mississippi in all its beauty and racial torment.” ~ AARP Magazine

Not to mention these great quotes from a few names you may recognize…

Natchez Burning is extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down … This is an amazing work of popular fiction.”
Stephen King

Natchez Burning is just flat-out terrific … its themes about race, violence, tradition, and the eternal smoldering anger of the South [bring] to mind Thomas Wolfe and William Faulkner … Greg Iles is back and truly better than ever.”
Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“I don’t know how Iles did it, but every single page of Natchez Burning is a cliffhanger that will keep you devouring just one more chapter before you put it down … this ambitious, unique novel is the perfect marriage of a history lesson and a thriller.”
Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller

04 Apr

Advanced reading copies up for grabs!

Alright guys, I have something for everyone in terms of ARCs this month.

1. Dirty Daddy by Bob Saget — Want to know what it was like to be Danny Tanner? I have a limited number of Bob Saget’s new autobiography. (on sale April 8th)

2. The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas — Desire, magic, and Victorian theatre! Perfect for fans of The Night Circus or Water for Elephants. (on sale July 1st)

3. Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff - One for fans of teen fiction! I have some copies of this touching story about what happens when a boy and girl collide. (on sale May 27th)

4. Coal Creek by Alex Miller — Set in Australia, this is a powerful literary novel about friendship, betrayal, and the tragic consequences of mistrust.

Want any of the above? Email me at shannon.parsons@harpercollins.com. I also still have a few copies left of Darling, You Can’t Do Both, Fallout, Closed Doors, and The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, so let me know if you want those too!

31 Mar Some lucky booksellers will be receiving special advanced copies of Authority, Book 2 in the epic Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer! This is just our way of saying thank you for the great feedback we received from them about Book 1, Annihilation. 
If you read a great book don’t forget to send along your feedback to Cory or I. We love to hear what you think!

Some lucky booksellers will be receiving special advanced copies of Authority, Book 2 in the epic Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer! This is just our way of saying thank you for the great feedback we received from them about Book 1, Annihilation.

If you read a great book don’t forget to send along your feedback to Cory or I. We love to hear what you think!

27 Mar

Revealed: the book trailer for Dorothy Must Die, a unique retelling of the classic, The Wizard of Oz.

19 Mar

Calling all Dauntless Booksellers!

Alright Chapters, Indigo & Coles booksellers, we have an EXCLUSIVE contest for you!

Are you the most DAUNTLESS bookseller? Have you done something special to sell Divergent?

We want to hear your Divergent hand-selling story. Maybe you created an awesome display, made it your CEO 100, hand-sold it to tons of readers, dressed up like your favourite faction, etc. Tell us and you could win this awesome Divergent movie prize pack!

OR, you can feel free to nominate a coworker! If you’ve spotted someone on your team that has done an amazing job selling Divergent then let us know!


The prize pack that includes:

  • a movie tie-in edition of Divergent, signed by Veronica Roth herself!
  • a Divergent movie bookmark
  • 2 different Divergent posters
  • a Divergent t-shirt
  • the official Divergent movie soundtrack
  • a Divergent yoga mat
  • a Divergent Dauntless bracelet
  • Divergent tattoos
  • a journal featuring Four

How to enter:

Email me at shannon.parsons@harpercollins.com and tell me your Divergent hand-selling story, or nominate a coworker and tell me their Divergent story.

Deadline: Monday, April 7th

Good luck, Initiates!

And don’t forget to check out Divergent when it hits theatres this Friday!!

(A huge thank you to eOne Films for sending us all this awesome Divergent swag!)

18 Mar

Revealed: the trailer for Emma Donoghue’s new novel, Frog Music.

From the internationally bestselling author of ROOM comes a tale of love and bloodshed.

Frog Music is on sale next Tuesday, March 25th.