Hi, my name is Bharti and I am a Production Editor at Tundra. While I have been with Penguin Random House Canada for just over a year, my association with the bigger Penguin Random House family goes back a decade (before I moved to Canada in 2019, I worked at DK India). Growing up, I never thought that I would land in the publishing industry, but always liked being surrounded by books – as a kid, I liked playing librarian, forcing my family members to check out their own books and stamping crudely made library cards (remember those?). I still have my first handwritten and hand-illustrated storybook hidden at my parents’ house, away from the public eye and embarrassment.
When I am not working, you can find me cleaning or organizing different corners/cupboards at home. When I run out of things to clean, I move to a friend’s home (okay, that just happened once!).
5 Random Facts About Me
- You can find me with a cup of chai at all times – masala chai and ginger chai being my favorites. I even grind the masala at home!
- Before COVID ruined all travel plans, I enjoyed visiting new countries. I have been to 11 countries so far, many as a solo traveler.
- I am True Crime podcast enthusiast (no, I am not starting a version of Only Murders in the Building). Some of my go-to podcasts are RedHanded, Canadian True Crime, and The Desi Crime Podcast.
- Watching Bollywood movies is my guilty pleasure – yes, even the most crappy ones.
- I am not a morning person. Not even with my chai.
Favorite Penguin Random House Titles
Little Witch Hazel
By Phoebe Wahl
96 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover
ISBN 9780735264892 | Tundra Books
Little Witch Hazel is a tiny witch who lives in the forest, helping creatures big and small. She’s a midwife, an intrepid explorer, a hard worker and a kind friend. In this four-season volume, Little Witch Hazel rescues an orphaned egg, goes sailing on a raft, solves the mystery of a haunted stump and makes house calls to fellow forest dwellers. But when Little Witch Hazel needs help herself, will she get it in time? Little Witch Hazel is a beautiful ode to nature, friendship, wild things and the seasons that only Phoebe Wahl could create: an instant classic and a book that readers will pore over time and time again.
By Xiran Jay Zhao
400 Pages | Ages 14+ | Hardcover
ISBN 9780735269934 | Penguin Teen Canada
The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected – she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead. To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way – and stop more girls from being sacrificed.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
256 Pages | All Ages | Paperback
ISBN 9780451528018 | Signet
A country doctor has come to 221B Baker Street, the lodgings of famed detective Sherlock Holmes, with the eerie tale of the Hound of the Baskervilles. The legend warns the descendants of the Baskerville family never to venture out on the moors that surround their ancestral home, for fear that they will meet the devil-beast that lurks there. Such a story sounds preposterous to any man of reason, but now Sir Charles Baskerville is dead – and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend Dr. John Watson agree to investigate the truth of the matter. They will soon learn that in this case, nothing is quite as it seems . . . .
The Kite Runner
By Khaled Hosseini
400 Pages | All Ages | Paperback
ISBN 9780385660075 | Anchor Canada
Amir and Hassan are childhood friends in the alleys and orchards of Kabul in the sunny days before the invasion of the Soviet army and Afghanistan’s decent into fanaticism. Both motherless, they grow up as close as brothers, but their fates are to be different. Amir’s father is a wealthy merchant; Hassan’s father is his manservant. Amir belongs to the ruling caste of Pashtuns, Hassan to the despised Hazaras. This fragile idyll is broken by the mounting ethnic, religious and political tensions that begin to divide Afghanistan further. An unspeakable assault on Hassan by a gang of local boys tears the friends apart; and when the Soviets invade Afghanistan, Amir and his father flee to San Francisco, leaving Hassan and his father to a pitiless fate. Only years later will Amir have an opportunity to redeem himself by returning to Afghanistan to begin to repay the debt long owed to the man who should have been his brother.
The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak
608 Pages | Ages 12+| Paperback
ISBN 9780375842207 | Knopf BFYR
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
Favorite Non Penguin Random House Titles
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Anticipated Penguin Random House Titles
- Kumo by Kyo Maclear, Illustrated by Nathalie Dion
- Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Seaside Corpse by Marthe Jocelyn
- A Different Kind of Normal by Abigail Balfe
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