Mãn by Kim Thúy Chosen as Barnes & Noble Discover Pick

Canadian author Kim Thúy's novel Mãn to be included in the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick Great Writers Program for Spring 2015

TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Random House Canada is delighted to announce Kim Thúy's novel Mãn will be part of Barnes & Noble's Discover Pick program starting on June 7, 2015. The Discover program recognizes great fiction and nonfiction works from authors at the start of their careers. Over the past 25 years, the program has connected readers with books that are special, exciting, surprising, and a little off the beaten path, which they may have otherwise missed. Some of the most notable authors to be featured in the program include Gillian Flynn, Khaled Hosseini, and Cheryl Strayed.

"After the runaway success of Kim's debut novel Ru in Canada, we are thrilled with the reception that her new novel Mãn is receiving both here and in the U.S," says Random House Canada Publisher Anne Collins.

Full of unforgettable images of beauty, delicacy and power, Mãn is a novel that begs to be savoured for its language, its passion and its love of life. It tells the story of a young woman named Mãn who leaves her home in Vietnam to marry a restaurateur who now lives in Montreal. Discovering that she is a natural chef, Mãn quietly practices her art, with food as her medium. She creates dishes that are suffused with memory and emotion, that evoke place and time and that even bring her customers to tears. But everything changes when an insistent and forbidden love changes her life in the instant of a fleeting touch, transforming her forever.

"A novel so delicious I ate it in one sitting," says Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story. "Kim Thúy writes like each sentence is life or death. Which is how novels should be written, no?"

Discover picks are chosen by a selection committee that is composed of Barnes & Noble booksellers from across the company and around the country. They are voracious readers who meet weekly throughout the year to look for compelling voices, extraordinary writing, and indelible stories from literary talents. Roughly 60 books are handpicked for the program each year from the thousand-plus submissions from publishers of all sizes. Customers can find Discover seasonal picks in the special bookcase dedicated to Discover in all stores nationwide, as well as online at BN.com/discover and on a specially created Discover channel on NOOK devices and reading apps. 

In addition to helping customers find their next great read, the Discover program has helped many emerging authors find their audience. Several Discover authors have gone on to win major literary prizes: Junot Díaz, Anthony Doerr, Jennifer Egan, Jeffrey Eugenides and Jhumpa Lahiri are among those who have received Pulitzer Prizes for literature. Sherman Alexie, Katherine Boo and Phil Klay have won the National Book Award, and a number of Discover picks have gone on to make the move from page to screen and have become major motion pictures, including James Dashner's The Maze Runner, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, Yann Martel's The Life of Pi, Cheryl Strayed's Wild and more.

For further information, please contact Erin Kelly at ekelly@penguinrandomhouse.com.

About Kim Thúy

KIM THÚY left Vietnam as a boat person when she was ten years old. She has worked as a seamstress, an interpreter, a lawyer, a restaurant owner and chef. Her first novel, Ru, has been published in twenty countries. The book won the Governor General's Literary Award, the Grand Prix RTL/Lire, the Grand Prix du Salon du Livre de Montréal and was shortlisted for many other prizes, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. In 2015 Ru was declared the winner of the nationwide book competiton Canada Reads. She is a chevalière of the Ordre national du Québec. Kim Thúy lives in Montreal, where she devotes herself to writing.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 649 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store® (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 717 bookstores serving over five million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States.

About Random House Canada

Random House Canada is an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, the Canadian division of Penguin Random House, the world's most global trade book publisher. It was formed on June 1, 2013 and is comprised of the adult and children's fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House around the world. Visit http://penguinrandomhouse.ca.

SOURCE Penguin Random House Canada Limited

For further information: Erin Kelly, Associate Director, Publicity, Penguin Random House Canada, 416-928-2403, ekelly@penguinrandomhouse.com

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