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The Grimoire of Kensington Market

Lauren B. Davis


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The downtown core of Toronto is being consumed by Elysium, a drug that allows its users to slip through the permeable edges of this world and then consumes them utterly. Peddled by the icy Srebrenka, few have managed to escape the drug and its dealer. But Maggie has. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," The Grimoire of Kensington Market is the story of Maggie, guardian of The Grimoire bookstore, which expands and contracts as stories are born... or die.

Praise For The Grimoire of Kensington Market

“This novel is richly layered. It’s not just a compelling story, but also a treatise on the idea of fighting back when one’s beliefs are challenged from every direction. The way one’s ideals might survive in an ever-changing world, as imperative now as it was thousands of years ago, is at the crux of this expertly rendered parable, and Davis’s colourful… prose keeps the tale flowing nicely towards provocative revelations about love, religion and the human instinct to survive.” —Globe & Mail

 “Set against an otherworldly, intimate backdrop, Davis’s tale vividly brings to life a near-mythic period of British history while speaking to universal human experience.” —Publishers Weekly

“Despite being so far removed from the contemporary worldview, the strength and sumptuousness of the setting is one of Against A Darkening Sky’s major strengths; the world is rich and well-realized... Though it wrestles with big question surrounding how we construct a view of reality, it’s the human connection and the deep intimacy there that gives this novel its magic.” —This Magazine

“Davis brings ancient Northumbria to life... The story’s theme—how to remain true to one’s beliefs when they pose a threat to belonging, and even survival—still resonates today.” —Quill & Quire

Buckrider Books, 9781928088707, 350pp.

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

About the Author

Lauren B. Davis is the author of The Grimoire of Kensington Market; Against a Darkening Sky; The Empty Room, named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by the National Post, the Winnipeg Free Press, Amazon and the Coast; and Our Daily Bread, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by the Globe & Mail and the Boston Globe. Her other books include the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Radiant City, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and The Stubborn Season, one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by Amazon and Books in Canada, as well as two short story collections, An Unrehearsed Desire and Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives. For more information, please visit her website at