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Happy publication week to Michael Harris, whose book THE END OF ABSENCE was just released in Canada (HarperCollins) and the US (Current/Penguin).

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“Harris is a smooth writer and a smart critic about what we’ve lost in today’s technology.”

“Harris’ Analog August and my quantifying of a recent summer Saturday serve the same purpose. They call attention to what is otherwise automatic and remind us not to get lost in the digital noise.”

“Rather than just scold and lecture on the depersonalization of society, Harris adeptly shows that the mission should be to balance our dependency on technology with the innate need for silence and solitude. The End Of Absence is note-worthy for its original and imaginative approach to correcting the inevitable negative ramifications that shadow a computerized culture.”
Electric Wire

“Mr. Harris marshals impressive evidence to make the case that absence is crucial to the way our brains learn, develop and progress.”
The Book Reader on NY1

Interview: Canadian Press

Interview: Here and Now (CBC)

Wired excerpt

Harvard Business Review: “If You’re Always Working, You’re Never Working Well”

Huffington Post: “7 Reasons Why Boredom Is Good For You”



Pyper_The Demonologist

Congratulations to Andrew Pyper on the publication of The Demonologist (Simon & Schuster, Canada and US). The book has already generated a lot of buzz. Here is just some of the attention it has received so far:

Profile in the Toronto Star

“A complex novel about loss, anger, faith, grief, love and forgiveness…[The Demonologist] will frighten you out of your shoes.”
Toronto Star

Profile in the National Post

“The Demonologist is a literary horror story that values smarts over scares, though there are plenty of both.”
National Post

A review in NOW

“Pyper’s a star because he writes so spectacularly. The entire story is drenched in dread, and his most terrifying scenes are so vivid, you’d best not be reading the book just before hitting the sack.”

A review in Maclean’s

“The Demonologist reads like a ready-made screenplay, a fast-paced Exorcist-meets-Da Vinci Code where the actual horror happens off-screen, in the mind. Which, as Pyper surely knows from Milton, is where evil truly dwells.”
Maclean’s Magazine

Review in The Globe and Mail

“Part horror, part thriller, all page-turner . . . The Demonologist has all the twisting excitement of a Dan Brown novel, and all the lurid, gory violence of a Stieg Larsson.””
The Globe And Mail Editor’s Pick

One of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Mysteries & Thrillers of Spring 2013

An Indie Next Pick for March 2013 by the American Booksellers Association

Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

An excerpt in the National Post

Indigo feature

Canada AM interview

Piece in Toronto Life

Cover story in Quill & Quire

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