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The Namers

Louise Erdrich SALES HOOK

Myth, magic, mystery, and mayhem plague the small town of Duck Pond, and George Kirsch in is the middle of it all. DESCRIPTION

George Kirsch moves to Duck Pond, Saskatchewan, to escape the monotony of the Oklahoman landscape, and the blood that he cannot seem to wash off of his hands. George develops a strange relationship with a mysterious Ojibwa woman, Lena Pillager. When Lena levitates a vase off of the counter, George is sure he is losing his mind. After a child disappears from Duck Pond, George must confront his violent past and seek forgiveness for the fate of his future. KEY SELLING POINTS

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Due to the new Canadian setting, the market will expand to include two countries, Canada, and the United States. Appeals to Mystery/Suspense/Thriller readers, but also to the Occult/Supernatural readers due to the content of the novel. Appeals to literary fiction readers, and to readers who enjoy literary fiction with Native American characters. Launches near Halloween, which fits perfectly with the supernatural/occult elements. Also comes out just before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Features an older male protagonist, which has the potential to expand the readership from predominately women to include adult men. Oprah Winfrey and Toni Morrison have reviewed many of Erdrich’s novels. AUDIENCE

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Adult women, ages 26 to 60. Adult men, ages 35 to 60, (due to the male protagonist going through a mid-life crisis.) University students, (male or female) taking literature classes, Native American studies classes, or majoring in English. Readers of Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers. Literary fiction readers, and adults who read literary fiction featuring Native American characters.

Ship Date: September 2013   Pub  Date:  October  2013     Price:    $14.95  US,                            $16.95  CAN     ISBN-­‐13:  978-­‐0062065264     Trim:    8.5”  x  5.5”     Format:  Trade  Paperback     Pages:    368     Carton  Qty:    (est  OK)     #  and  type  of  illustrations:    N/A     Series:    N/A     BISAC  Category:     Fiction/Literary   Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense   Fiction/Native  American  &   Aboriginal   Fiction/Occult  &  Supernatural   BISAC  Code:     FIC019000   FIC030000   FIC059000   FIC024000     Previous  Edition  ISBN:  N/A        



Louise Erdrich is a New York Times bestselling author. In November 2012, she won the National Book Award for Fiction for her most recent novel, The Round House. Tipsheet Revised 4/29/14

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She has also won the National Book Critics Award for her novel, Love Medicine. Erdrich has written fifteen novels, a memoir, short stories, poems, and children’s books. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters, and is the owner of Birchbark Books. AUTHOR RESIDENCE

Louise Erdrich lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. COMPARATIVE TITLES

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Flight Behavior: A Novel, Barbara Kingsolver. Paperback: 464 pages. Harper Perennial; June 2013; 978-0062124272 (reprint edition) $16.99 The Light Between Oceans: A Novel, M.L. Stedman. Paperback: 352 pages. Scribner; April 2013; 978-1451681758 (reprint edition) $16.00 Canada, Richard Ford. Paperback: 432 pages. Ecco; January 2013; 978-0061692031 (reprint edition) $15.99


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Book launch in New York City at the National Museum of the American Indian on October 21, 2013. Event at the Turtle Mountain Community College on the Manitoba border including a reading, and a writer’s workshop. Official Canadian book launch/reading at McNally Robinson bookstore in Saskatoon. Author tour of Canada, including the town of Duck Pond. Author will attend the Spirit of Our Nations Cultural Celebration and Pow Wow at the Legislative Library in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre puts on the event. The Vancouver (Canada) Writers Fest in October. Interview in O Magazine. Interview with NPR Books, Fresh Air, and This American Life Mini-Launch and reading at Birchbark Books in Minneapolis.

Tipsheet Updated 4/29/14


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