Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing Now Available in Paperback


Toronto, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Madeleine Thien’s award-winning novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing is now available in paperback. With more than 100, 000 copies in print in Canada already, the novel was recently named one of the 150 bestselling Canadian books of the past 10 years by CBC.

Published by Knopf Canada, Do Not Say We Have Nothing was acquired and edited by Publishing Director Lynn Henry. “This novel, much like the character of Big Mother Knife in its pages, is bold, beautiful and large-hearted,” says Henry. “All of us at Knopf Canada are tremendously proud of Maddie and have been thrilled to see her extraordinary book resonate with readers in Canada and around the world.”

Since its May 2016 hardcover publication, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Rathbones Folio Prize, has received near universal critical acclaim. The Vancouver Sun says “It’s rare to encounter a new literary novel with the sweep and scope of Do Not Say We Have Nothing. It’s no exaggeration to say the reading experience is reminiscent of some of the great Russians: Dostoevsky, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn,” while The Globe and Mail says “Should any doubt remain, Do Not Say We Have Nothing cements Madeleine Thien as one of Canada’s most talented novelists.”

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