Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Where Will We Be by 2030?


Robot pharmacists, implanted microchip cellphones, and 3-D printed organ transplants were at once considered zany science-fiction - and are still considered ludicrously far fetched today! But over 800 experts at The World Economic Forum would disagree: according to them, these once-impossible advances could be commonplace within the next 12 years! Check out Tech Insiders awesome vision of the future based on what they learned at The World Economic Forum in the video above. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Go Where Your Stomach Tells You

To Bar-hop on the streets of San Sebastian, or to attend a sushi masterclass in traditional Tokyo? THAT is the real question. Whatever your palette or preference, there is an perfect foodie experience out there for you, and Lonely Planet's Ultimate Eats knows just where you can find it. Still undecided? Take this quiz to find out just what your belly needs! 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Toronto International Film Festival 2018: September 6th- 16th


342 films, eleven days! The world of cinema is heading to Toronto starting today.


If you find yourself in town and are trying to decide which rush line to queue up for, perhaps you should add these films, inspired by great books, to your list! 

  • Beautiful Boy: Read the book, watch the film 
  • Boy Erased: Read the book, watch the film
  • Donnybrook: Read the book, watch the film. Read the sequel, The Savage.
  • First Man: Read the book, watch the film.  
  • The Front Runner: Read the book, watch the film.
  • The Hate You Give: Read the book, watch the film (world premiere!)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk Read the book watch the film.
  • The Old Man and the Gun: Read the book, watch the film.
Be on the look out for not just celebrities, but some pretty excited authors seeing their work depicted on the big screen!
Cover image - The Hate U Give Movie Tie-in Edition First Man - The Annotated Screenplay 9780374532895

Happy film watching!

-Rosalyn 

P.S.- Canadian Caitlin Cronenberg (daughter of director David Cronenberg) is an award-winning photographer and has a new book out called The Endings that she created with Jessica Ennis. Filled with gorgeous shots of iconic female actresses, the book launches at TIFF and will be sold in the TIFF store.
P.P. S.: PRH lists their books on CataList, and has created a catalogue of titles they publish related to TIFF- Follow this link .  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Read Science Books, Win Prizes!

Are you a student or teacher? Do you love science-fiction novels, or are a general lover of all things science? This September 20th is National Science Reading Day, and awesome prizes are up for grabs. All you have to do is read! Readings can include non-fiction books, science-fiction novels, science-themed graphic novels, scientist's biographies, and more! For suggested readings, contest rules, and prize lists, check out details here.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fiction meets Reality

True Crime style? YA fiction? Sign us up for The Girls podcast ASAP! Adapted from Courtney Summers' forthcoming novel Sadie, this podcast  breaks convention by blending elements of true crime with fiction, and stays true to the events of the novel. In Sadie, the 19-year-old titular protagonist narrates the first half of the book, with fictional radio journalist telling the rest via podcast transcripts. Now that podcast is a reality, available now. Check it out, and get up to date before Sadie hits the shelves on September 4th! 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Your Gateway to NYTimes.com

Do you ever get struck by a link to an awesome New York Times article, start scrolling through, and have your heart broken when you're told that the story is for subscribers only? For Toronto Public Library cardholders, those days of frustration are over! TPL has added the NYT to its awesome list of digital subscriptions that already includes the Globe and Mail, the Atlantic, Macleans, and so much more! To access these great sources, via a library computer or your own advice, click here

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Toronto's Best Indies!

Culture Junkie? Second-Hand lover? Activist? What kind of reader are you? Lucky for Torontonians, there is an indie bookstore for just about everybody! Looking to fuel your creative side? Try Page & Panel, or Faith/ Void. Seeking some activist or socially minded reads? Hit up Another Story Book Shop, The Beguiling, or Glad Day. From Steeles to the 401, and everywhere in between, Toronto is packed with great indie bookstores that reflect and celebrate the diversity and passion of the people that live there. Check out NOW's in-depth look at 10 of Toronto's best spots for books

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Harry Potter - House Editions

Courage? Loyalty? Ambition? Wisdom? What's your most valued trait? Which house do you belong to? Better find out soon, because the House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are here! Whether you want the green of Slytherin, the blue of Ravenclaw, the yellow of Hufflepuff, or the red of Gryffindor, there's a copy with your name on it

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Beautiful Boy

David Sheff's touching memoir recounting the harrowing tale of his son's journey through addiction, adapted by Amazon Studios, is hitting the big screen this fall. Initially published in 2009, Beautiful Boy is the haunting and heartbreaking story of a journalist desperately researching ways to help, and a father that refuses to give up on his son. Check out the first full trailer here

Friday, July 13, 2018

Cut in Half


Have you ever wanted to see the inside of your phone? How about a bisected vacuum cleaner? As enticing as it sounds, it might get a little pricey very quickly. No matter - Mike Warren's Cut In Half has you covered! Check out the insides of all these objects, common and weird, in the video above, with even more featured in his book!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Awesome Canadian Authors!

From vivid graphic novels and heart-warming picture books to white-knuckle murder mysteries and profound literary fiction, Canada's Authors are absolutely killing it! CBC Books kicked off July with their list of 100 Canadian writers you need to know, featuring a diverse mix of old favourites and incredible newcomers. Check out the full list here!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Which Anne of Green Gables Character Are You?

Marilla or Matthew? Diana or Gilbert? Or are you Anne all the way? Anyone who's read L.M. Montgomery's classic, or fell in love with any one of the films or T.V. series has a favorite character! Find out who you are with this fun Bookriot Quiz!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

TD Summer Reads

Summer time is for splashing in the pool, playing in the park, and lazy afternoons with great reads! From history and change-making, to hockey players and ninja warriors, TD's summer reading club has it all this season. For books to keep kids of all ages creative, inquisitive, or just flat-out entertained, check out the full list here

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace

There are no easy solutions. This sentiment has echoed throughout the world as the conflict between Israel and Palestine has rumbled along generation through generation. In his new memoir, former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak recounts growing up in this reality, the first seven decades of his country's existence and, through candid assessment of his fellow Israeli politicians, its major successes and its biggest misjudgments. Barak recently joined CBC's The Current to discuss his memoir, as well as current Prime Minister Netanyahu and the future of Israel. My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace is available now.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

#NotYourPrincess

#NotYourPrincess, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, hit bookstores last fall. A collection of poems, essays, interviews, and artwork submitted by Native American women, #NotYourPrincess is a visual anthology that challenges stereotypes and celebrates the diverse voices of the many women who shared their stories.

Teaching Books is now sharing #NotYourPrincess audio resources with over 33,000 schools! Listen to Lisa Charleyboy's clip here, and Mary Beth Leatherdale's clip here, where both editors read an excerpt from #NotYourPrincess and discuss how the book came to be (believe it or not, BeyoncĂ©'s Lemonade had a little something to do with it).

Friday, June 8, 2018

Dave Itzkoff on CBC

From Mork & Mindy, to Aladdin, to Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams's career brought joy to many. His biography, written by New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, was released on May 15. In Robin, Itzkoff attempts to answer some of the lingering questions we have about the beloved entertainer following his death four years ago.

In his interview with Tom Power on CBC q, Itzkoff describes Williams as more subdued and thoughtful than the mania of some of his roles would suggest; he describes Williams as "empathetic" and "generous of self." Williams spoke openly about his battle with addiction and depression, either through his comedy or in interviews. Toward the end of his life, he was plagued by a debilitating condition, the effects of which never fully came to light until after his death. 

Listen to the interview here


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Catherine Hernandez's Scarborough Shortlisted for Trillium Book Award


Catherine Hernandez's Scarborough has been shortlisted for the 2018 Trillium Book Award. Scarborough tells the story of this diverse Toronto neighbourhood through the eyes of several of its inhabitants. It was previously named winner of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Emerging Writers Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the $50, 000 Half the World Global Literati Award for best unpublished manuscript in 2016.

Scarborough is also shortlisted for “One Book, One Brampton” by the Brampton Library (cast your vote here); the 2017 City of Toronto Book Award; and the 2018 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. It was longlisted for Canada Reads.

Read more at the Toronto Star or check out the other nominees here.

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Sisters Brothers Trailer



With over 150, 000 copies sold in Canada since it's release in 2011, The Sisters Brothers will soon be coming to a theatre near you. Eli and Charlie are (you guessed it) brothers. Immersed in a life of alcohol and violence, they follow Hermann Kermit Warm to his gold-mining claim outside San Francisco; along the way, Eli tries to make sense of his life in the face of the job he must carry out.

A new edition of the multi-award-winning title is coming out to coincide with the release of the film. Directed by Jacques Audiard and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, and John C. Reilly, The Sisters Brothers is dark, funny, absurd, and gritty. We can't wait!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

If You Build It, They Will Come


Following in the footsteps of Oslo's Deichmanske bibliotek and Stuttgart's City Library, Calgary's $245 million Central Library is expected to open its doors to the public on November 1st. The library is located in Calgary's historic East Village, itself part of a huge revitalization project. "This [library] doesn't belong only to the rich, or to a university...everybody has access to it," says Calgary Public Library's chief executive officer Bill Ptacek. 
Gone are the days when the public library was thought of as a dying institution. Libraries like the Calgary Central Library, or the 216,000-square-foot "super library" set to be built in Ottawa, prove that, more than ever, we consider libraries a necessary part of our community. 
Check out the Globe and Mail's article here

Friday, May 25, 2018

History, Family, Promises

Through touching narrative and surreal illustration, Margie Wolfe's The Promise tells the true story of two sisters, her Mother and her Aunt, forced into labour at Auschwitz during the holocaust. Before being stolen away, they received from their parents three gold coins and a promise to keep - stay together. Wolfe, co-founder of Second Story Press, recently joined CBC's The Next Chapter to discuss the story behind the story, her family's history, and the making of the book - Listen to the full discussion here

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Black Klansman Movie Trailer




The trailer for the highly anticipated film BlacKkKlansman is here! 
Based on the novel of the same name (albeit spelled differently) Black Klansman tells the true story of Detective Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs Police Department’s first African American detective. Upon discovering an ad in the local paper reaching out to anyone interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan, Stallworth responds with a yes, thereby launching himself into an incredible months-long undercover investigation.   

BlacKkKlansman is directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele. Check it out in theatres August 10th









Friday, May 18, 2018

James Comey in Toronto

It’s been one year since former FBI director James Comey was fired. His recently-released book A Higher Loyalty discusses Comey’s career in the American government as well as ideas surrounding ethical leadership. In his interview with Piya Chattopadhyay on CBC’s The Current, Comey discusses the ways in which leadership should remain focused on truth, integrity and fairness; he also provides us with the one question we should ask before making a significant decision: "How would I explain this to my grandchildren?". 

Listen to the interview here.




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tomi Adeyemi

We’ve all agreed that Tomi Adeyemi is pretty much the greatest right? Her viral reaction to unboxing her first book sure isn’t the only reason! In her phenomenal interview with CBC’s Q with Tom Power she describes her personal relationship with character representation in fiction, and how her debut novel works to change that. In The Guardian she talks empowerment and inspiration from West Africa. And in this review from The Atlantic, her novel is explored for its incredible value in the Black Lives Matter Movement. We can't get enough!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Reading Without Walls

Books have tremendous power in expanding our horizons. So many of us have unique stories, and so many of these stories are told through books! In the spirit of expanding these horizons, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Yang has announced the Reading Without Walls Challenge encouraging readers to explore books of diverse voices, genres, and platforms. If you're a teacher, encourage your students! If you're a bookseller, encourage your customers! If you're a lover of books, take the challenge - and read beyond your comfort zone! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

STEAM guides: Owlkids

Fostering learning and curiosity is so important for students - and to usher forth the next generation of big thinkers! STEAM learning and inquiry works to engage students on a deeper learning,  building on critical thinking, creativity, and innovation that will be critical to tackle the issues the next generation may face. This STEAM guide from Owlkids has all you could need, from simpler classroom activities to in-depth explorations - perfect for any teacher or parent looking to spark the curiosity in their students! 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bookworms to B.C.!

From Galiano to Kootenay, British Columbia is full of Canadian Literary gems! Take in the Galiano Literary Festival from the ocean side Galiano Inn; Get lunch at The Library Lounge in the Hume Hotel; Or grab a coffee at Oso Negro, one of the best coffee shops on the west coast. B.C. is no doubt a must visit destination for every bookworm. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Big Cloud

Camille Seaman has spent years as an environmental photographer; today her book The Big Cloud comes out...and it's a stunner.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Canadian Indie Bookstore Day

Saturday April 28th, Canadian book lovers celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! Head on out to your local independent bookstore to meet authors, participate in activities, shop, and so much more. In an increasingly digital and big-box world, it's amazing how much you can discover and learn by connecting, browsing, and chatting within the book community - Let's make it a great day for our indie bookstores! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Literary London Town

Harry Potter? Shakespeare? Woolf? Shelley? All in the same place?? Only in London! From the George Inn, to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, to the Harry Potter Shop, London is chalk full of any literary lovers dream spots! Check out Buzzfeed’s complete list here

Friday, April 20, 2018

Britain's Great Book History

Talk about a book lovers dream! From Kent to Whitby to the British Library, Britain is filled with breathtaking literary monuments and landscapes. This incredible Mashable list explores Jane Austen’s Bath, William Shakespeare’s Stratford, and everywhere in between, showing that Britain truly is a must visit destination for any bibliophile.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Canada's Best New Picture Books!

Spring is upon us. And what better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curled up with a picture book! CBC has put together a collection of 12 New Canadian Picture Books to look forward to this Spring 2018, and with stories about family, fantasy, adventure, and opportunity. Canada’s picture book authors and illustrators have never looked so good! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Out this Week

World renowned statistician Hans Rosling's Ted Talks have had over 10 million views. Sadly he passed away in 2017. He spent the last two years of his life writing Factfulness:

Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Rosling takes complicated concepts and makes them very palatable to read. It is a fascinating book.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Instant Contest! March Break Thriller Pack

HarperCollins is moving offices next week, and in cleaning out my cupboards, I discovered some hidden gems- several stacks of signed books/ARCs!

So, if you are a Canadian librarian who is a fan of mysteries and thrillers, and think that the stack of books depicted below looks like the perfect way to spend your March Break (or summer holidays), be one of the first 2 people to e-mail me at rosalyn.steele@harpercollins.com and I'll ship you out a set. 

Please include your name and the shipping address of your library in your e-mail. 



Ready...

Set...

Go!




Rosalyn

Sunday, March 4, 2018

54 Years in the Making...


In 1963, a 10 year old Catherine Hand wrote a letter to Walt Disney about her favorite book - one that had given her hope. 54 years later, A Wrinkle in Time is finally set to hit the big screen, and the now movie producer Hand has nearly seen her childhood dream come true. Here, time explores the journey from dream to reality, and why the book to film adaptation has had such a bumpy road along the way. Based on Madeline L'Engle's 1962 award winning, best selling novel, A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters March 9, 2018. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

What Happens Next


Bullying is no easy issue to tackle, but Susan Hughes' newest release, What Happens Next is a fantastic and powerful starting point for discussions on emotions, empathy, and how we can relate to others. With a brand new trailer, and new discussion guides written by a child psychologist with research background in bullying, What Happens Next is a moving and informative read on the difficult issue of bullying. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Shape of Water: Two Stories, One Idea

The novelization of Guillermo del Toro's newest film, The Shape of Water, a collaboration written by the iconic filmmaker and novelist Daniel Kraus, is so much more than a typical adaptation. Born from Kraus' lifelong idea, both the film and novel tell the story of a mute woman and imprisoned, mute creature falling in love in distinctly different ways. For more on this unique tale, and the collaboration of its two writers, check out this gizmodo article. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Against Amazon

Bookshops: A Reader's History author Jorge Carrion, has come out to defend the traditions of books with his original essay "Against Amazon: A Reader's Manifesto." Carrion's insightful, in-depth piece presents seven arguments against the digital "hypermarket," as well as the "hows" and "whys" it's important to support the little guys. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Books to Screen 2018!

Modern classics? Sought after-bachelors? Astral travelers and astrophysicists? 2018 will have some insane book to film adaptations that we are crazy excited for! From Red Sparrow to A Wrinkle in Time and more, check here for Publisher's Weekly's 10 Most Anticipated Book-to-Film Adaptations of 2018.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Showrunner


In the struggle for power in the hyper-competitive television industry, blood feuds are not uncommon. Kim Moritsugu's newest novel, The Showrunner, explores all the nitty gritty and fight needed in struggle to the top. The Showrunner is out June 2, 2018. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Meet our authors at OLA Super Conference!

Be sure to stop by the HarperCollins Canada and Harlequin Booth (# 730 /732 / 734) if you are coming to OLA Super Conference next week! 

We have a great line-up of authors signing in the booth during the conference, plus lots of giveaways!



Thursday,  February  1

  • 10:15 am- JOANNA GOODMAN, The Home for Unwanted Girls
  • 11:00 am- CARSTEN STROUD, The Shimmer
  • 12:00 pm- HADLEY DYER, Here So Far Away (Young Adult novel)
  • 1:30 pm- THOMAS KING, Cold Skies
  • 2:00 pm- HANNAH MARY MCKINNON, The Neighbors


Friday, February 2

  • 10:00 am- KIMBERLY BELLE, The Marriage Lie
  • 11:00 am- KARMA BROWN, The Life Lucy Knew
  • 11:45 am- ROY MACGREGOR, The Ice Chips and the Magical Rink (Chapter Book)
  • 12:30 pm- A. J. FINN, The Woman in the Window
  • 1:15 pm- KRISTEN CICCARELLI, The Last Namsara (Young Adult Novel)



  











Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Furyborn


A cosmic war, royal conspiracy, and fiercely independent female leads? Sign us up! Claire Legrand's Furyborn has it all. Described as "addictive," by NYT bestselling author Sara Raasch, and "alluring," by NYT bestselling author Kendare Blake, this is one novel you will not be able to put down. Furyborn is out May 22, 2018. Check the video above for Legrand's exclusive introduction. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Four Year Olympian


From novice to Olympian in four years? How about winning the silver medal! Jeremiah Brown's incredible journey to becoming a silver medalist in Olympic Rowing is truly inspiring. The Four Year Olympian is out March 24, 2018. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

70 Amazing Facts about Munsch!

His full name? His hobbies? The story behind his coming to Canada? CBC Books has complied a fantastic list of 70 amazing facts about Robert Munsch - Satisfy your curiosity here!

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Man With the Violin

In 2007, violinist Joshua Bell wowed commuters and went viral with his Washington DC busking experiment. It would go on to inspire Kathy Stinson to write The Man With the Violin, and on December 21st his sold-out performance at the Ottawa's National Art Centre wowed thousands. The Canadian premiere of the multimedia suite based on the book was a massive success. For more on the book, check out the trailer here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

We ❤ TPL

Toronto Public Library has done a very cool map showing the most read books by neighbourhood.
Do Not Say We Had Nothing, was a clear favourite. Other top choices were:

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Jumanji


Is anyone else BEYOND excited for this?? With the release of this fresh remake, be sure to also check out the special 30th Anniversary Edition of the original novel. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is out now. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Heather O'Neill's Kreisel Lecture

Heather O'Neill was the speaker at the 2017 CLC Kreisel Lecture. Wisdom in Nonsense, the book based on the series is one of the funniest books I have read this year. It is the life lessons her father gave her growing up and is some of the most unusual advice going!



Monday, November 27, 2017

Short History of a Mighty Press

Dundurn Press, one of Canada's largest independent publishers put together this awesome infographic of their company's history.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Write for Rights

Writing has the power to change the world - and Amnesty International is proud to include all in their efforts to do so. For the past 15 years, the organization's global letter writing campaign has inspired millions of written letters to support those whose basic human rights are being attacked. Check out Amnesty's website to explore how the written word has changed the world, and how you too can get involved

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I Don't Want To Know Anyone Too Well

Celebrated abroad, the late Canadian author Norman Levine was relatively unknown in his home nation. But as The Walrus has described, perhaps with the posthumously I Don't Want To Know Anyone Too Well, that is poised to change. The first-ever full collection of these long out-of-print stories from Levine is a can't miss for lovers of Canadian authors.