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Jonathan Safran Foer Joins Hamish Hamilton

Toronto, February 17, 2016—Nicole Winstanley, Publisher of Penguin Canada, has acquired Here I Am, a new novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, for publication in September 2016 under the company’s Hamish Hamilton imprint. The deal, which also includes a second novel and a book of non-fiction, was arranged via Devon Mazzone of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

“We are honoured to be the new Canadian publishing home of Jonathan Safran Foer, one of the world’s finest, and most influential writers,” says Winstanley. “His profoundly inventive and thought-provoking body of work is the very embodiment of the Hamish Hamilton maxim. Here I Am is a magnificent paean to the many varieties of love and the precarious conditions in which they thrive, and to the seeming contradictions that all of us carry around in our hearts each day. This witty and wistful tour de force will make readers cheer, flinch, weep and marvel.”

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and the bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a spiraling conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home--and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear. Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers and critics loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer's most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer's stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a mature novelist who has fully come into his own as one of the most important writers of his generation.

About Hamish Hamilton

Hamish Hamilton (www.hamishhamilton.ca) is a boutique publishing imprint of Penguin Random House Canada with a deep commitment to literary value, embracing both young and old, the experimental and the new, selectively publishing only nine novels each year. Nicole Winstanley, as Publisher, has in the course of six short years signed to the imprint the novels of two Scotiabank Giller Prize winners (Joseph Boyden and Johanna Skibsrud), three Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists (Colin McAdam, Zsuzsi Gartner, and Kim Echlin), two Costa Award winners (Helen MacDonald and Ali Smith), Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson and such luminaries as David Cronenberg, Don DeLillo, Nadine Gordimer, Philip Roth, Vikram Seth, Zadie Smith and the late Roberto Bolaño.

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Myers, 416.928.2420, smyers@penguingrandomhouse.com