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Indigo Announces Best Books of 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Indigo Announces Best Books of 201108:30 EST Wednesday, November 30, 2011- Bookseller's List Offers Easy Gift Inspiration for Holiday Shoppers -TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, Indigo announces the best books of 2011 with lists of top titles in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Teens and Kids books. As selected by Indigo's book buying team who read hundreds of titles every year, this year's compilation of must-read books features award winners, debuts, and masterful storytellers from Canada and around the world. With a tale for every kind of bibliophile, the year's best reading from Canada's one stop holiday shop offers tremendous gift inspirations for every age and stage."From world-renowned authors like Michael Ondaatje, Julian Barnes and Stephen King, to fresh voices shortlisted for multiple awards, our top 11 for '11 are a diverse assortment of powerful storytelling that we know booklovers will be excited to discover and celebrate," says Bahram Olfati, Vice President - Trade Books, Indigo Books & Music Inc.Recognizing the continued popularity of young adult fiction - teen books remain the biggest selling category behind adult fiction at Indigo and Chapters stores nationally - Indigo also announced their picks for the top teen and kids titles of the year too."In young adult fiction we find books bursting with relatable characters in fantastic situations that provide teens great entertainment. The year's collection of top titles becomes a great shopping list for this typically hard-to-shop-for group," continues Olfati.Indigo's collection of the Best of 2011 offers inspiration and insight for passionate readers of every age. For more of the best books of the year, and to join the conversation with thousands of avid readers,Visit indigo.ca,Become a fan at facebook.com/chaptersindigo, orFollow Indigo on Twitter at twitter.com/chaptersindigo.Indigo Best of 2011 - FictionHalfblood Blues, Esi Edugyan - winner 2011 Scotiabank Giller PrizeThe Cat's Table, Michael Ondaatje - Ondaatje's most personalThe Sisters Brothers, Patrick Dewitt - winner 2011 Governor Generals' Literary Award for FictionThe Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern - a totally original, enchanting debutThe Sense of An Ending, Julian Barnes - winner 2011 Man Booker PrizeThe Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach - a perfect book for Dad1Q84, Haruki Murakami - long awaited masterpiece; taut, mind-bending storyThe House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz - the first Sherlock Holmes story authorized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estateSwamplandia, Karen Russell - a quirky, spooky book from a young writer to watch11/22/63, Stephen King - speculative fiction reviving vintage Stephen KingReamde, Neal Stephenson - an action-packed thriller driven by ideas and questionsIndigo Best of 2011 - Non-FictionSteve Jobs: A Biography, Walter IsaacsonThe Hare with Amber Eyes, Edmund De WaalBoomerang, Michael LewisThe Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven PinkerInto The Silence, Wade DavisCatherine the Great, Robert K. MassieBossypants, Tina FeyIn The Garden of Beasts, Erik LarsonBlood, Bones & Butter, Gabrielle HamiltonBlue Nights, Joan DidionCivilization: The West and The Rest, Niall FergusonIndigo Best of 2011 - TeenThe City of Fallen Angels, Cassandra ClareDivergent, Veronica RothThe Death Cure, James DashnerBeauty Queens, Libba BrayMiss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, Ransom RiggsThis Dark Endeavour, Kenneth OppelShine, Lauren MyracleThe Scorpio Races, Maggie StiefvaterDaughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini TaylorMonster Calls, Patrick NessWhere Things Come Back, John Corey WhaleyIndigo Best of 2011 - Kids The Son Of Neptune, Rick RiordanAmulet 4: Last Council, Kazu KibuishiWildwood, Colin MeloyWonderstruck, Brian SelznickThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne ValentePress Here, Herve TulletScaredy Squirrel Has A Birthday Party, Melanie WattMe... Jane, Patrick McDonnellStuck, Oliver JeffersI Want My Hat Back, Jon KlassenLiesl & Po, Lauren OliverAbout Indigo Books & Music Inc. With books always at our heart and soul we at Indigo are about telling stories and creating experiences. Indigo is Canada's largest purveyor of ideas and inspiration to enrich your life, with books, specialty toys, gifts and lifestyle enhancing products that affordably offer intrinsic quality, beauty and timelessness of design. Indigo is a publicly traded Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (IDG). As the largest book and specialty retailer in Canada, Indigo operates in all provinces under different banners including Indigo Books & Music; Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids; IndigoSpirit, Chapters, The World's Biggest Bookstore, and Coles. The online division, www.chapters.indigo.ca, features books, eBooks, toys, music and DVDs, and hosts the award winning Indigo Online Community.Indigo Books & Music Inc. founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in 2004 to address the underfunding of public schools, their libraries and the resulting literacy crisis.  Every year the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation commits $1.5 million to high-needs elementary schools so they can rebuild their libraries with the purchase of new books and education resources.  To date the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has committed more than $10 million to 110 schools nationally. For further information: Lisa Huie Manager, Public Relations Indigo Books & Music Inc. 416-646-8926