Simon Likes

With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to reread some of your favourite books. We asked our charming staff at Simon & Schuster Canada to share some of their top picks with you. Next up, Marketing Assistant Loretta suggests Lawless (previously titled The Wettest County in the World) by Matt Bondurant.

The first paragraph in this book brings us to the trigger end of a .22 rifle, peering straight down the barrel and into the eye of a sow. Jack Bondurant shoots, splashing a bullet into the animal and sending his rifle into the mud. Jack’s struggle to kill the beast is ended by his older brother’s knife, dragged in one clean cut across the sow’s neck. “Hot blood smoked in the calcified winter air. Jack crouched on the ground like a muddy toad, cradling the rifle and watching the stream of crimson like liquid fire. He was eight years old,” writes Bondurant.

This book is based on the true story of three brothers who make their living bootlegging during prohibition. We follow them into the hills and down the dark county roads as they stand against law and man. The author, Matt Bondurant based the story on the experience of his grandfather and granduncles. It’s strong and it’s dark and it’s going to be released as a movie by John Hillcoat, with a screenplay by Nick Cave, the same pair from The Proposition. Our movie tie-in edition releases this July.

Read The Secret World of Arrietty before the film comes out!

For those who don’t know, I’m a Hayao Miyazaki fan. He is an internationally acclaimed animated film maker whose films deal with humanity’s relationship with nature and technology. Most of his animated films feature fantastical worlds with characters that don’t fall into the traditional good-evil dichotomies (which is one of the things that makes his films special).

The Secret World of Arrietty is another masterpiece (screenplay written by Miyazaki) that follows Arrietty, a four-inch tall girl living under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” simple items to make her family home. Life changes for her and her family when they are discovered by Sho, an ordinary boy living in the house. This delicately hand-drawn animation embodies the dreams and longings of childhood all wrapped within a well-written, charming story. It will be sure to delight audiences of all ages!

Discover The Secret World of Arrietty before the film comes out Friday, February 17! Check out the film comic and artbook!

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Read what other people are saying about these books!

Back to Books’ review of The Secret World of Arrietty, Volume 1
Back to Books’ review of The Secret World of Arrietty, Volume 2

Are you on the EDGE?

“[A] brain teaser of a thriller . . . Following the moves of Deaver’s ingenious plot is hard enough. The real trick is keeping up with his brilliant mind.” — The New York Times Book Review

Jeffery Deaver is the international number-one bestselling author of  Roadside Crosses, The Bodies Left BehindThe Broken Window, The Sleeping Doll, The Bone Collector and twenty-one other suspense and thriller novels.
In Edge, Deaver delves us into the hidden, anonymous government agency behind both the FBI and CIA dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection.
“[A] twist-filled thriller . . . In Mr. Deaver’s kaleidoscope world, the odds seem to change with each turn of the page.”
— The Wall Street Journal

Edge is out NOW!

In 2011,  Project X will be Jeffery Deaver’s first James Bond Novel as chosen by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
Deaver was born in Chicago, attended the University of Missouri and received his law degree from Fordham University in New York. In 1990, he quit practicing law to write full-time. His novel The Bone Collector was made into a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington.  His books have been translated into twenty-five languages.  Readers can visit his website at

Simon & Schuster’s Silver Screen Spectacular!

Four – count ‘em –  Simon and Schuster titles have been adapted into major motion pictures. Look out for our special movie tie-in releases to enjoy these stories on screens big and small. 

Actor James Franco

Adventurer Aron Ralston

 If you haven’t already been blown away by adventurer Aron Ralston’s unparalleled feat of wilderness survival, you must read 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place which is being re-released this October in conjunction with the film version 127 Hours directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting) and staring the multi-talented  James Franco.  

Naomi Watts in Fair Game

Valerie Plame Wilson’s memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House reveals the CIA operative’s extensive work in counter proliferation negotiations and the historic consequences when her identity is leaked. Movie star Naomi Watts will play Valerie Plame Wilson and Sean Penn stars as her husband Joe Wilson in the political thriller Fair Game directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). 

Hilarious and disturbing  expose Love and Other Drugs, (previously published as Hard Sell) traces Jamie Reidy’s escapades as the “V-Man”: pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s number-one drug rep during the Viagra craze. This witty behind-the scenes look at the pharmaceutical industry has been adapted into Love and Other Drugs directed by Ed Zwick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. 

Check out the movie trailer : 

 And for the grand finale… 


Chuck Hogan’s adrenaline-fueled dramatic thriller The Town (previously published as Prince of Thieves) will premier in a Gala Presentation as a highlight of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. 

Here’s the trailer: 

Excited? So are we. 


My Sister’s Keeper Giveaway


You could win an exclusive pass to watch My Sister’s Keeper in the Warner Brothers screening room in Toronto on June 18th at 7 PM! Email with “MSK Screening” as the email subject line for your chance to win!

Check out the trailer:

In case you aren’t sure how this movie relates to us, My Sister’s Keeper is based on the bestselling book by Jodi Picoult.  Don’t forget that the movie tie-in edition is in stores now!