Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Despite the heat and humidity, Washington is a great city for a conference - the Convention Centre is located right downtown, the metro is terrific (half an hour after getting off my plane, I was at my hotel) and most of the museums are free which allows quick dipping into those rooms that are of interest. More to come along with photos, hearing Julie Andrews talk, the best place to buy shoes and books and the best Thai restaurant in town!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Now I'll have guilty nightmares where these scary trees gather around my bed threatening me with bad things if they get cut down for another reprint of The Da Vinci Code.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Next it was off to check out the new flagship store of Umbra, a Canadian design company known primarily for its distinctive trash cans and innovative picture frames. Their products have been available in houseware stores across the country, but now they've opened their own two story emporium to showcase their full line of items - they have everything from sheets to furniture to interactive clothing (one t-shirt comes complete with a needle and thread attached, to connect the various dots on the shirt). It's also partly an art gallery as well. Located on John St. just north of Queen. You can hardly miss it.
Perfect store decor for a Dewey Diva isn't it? God, I love this city!
Friday, June 8, 2007
I was thinking of Nick while reading Lewis Buzbee's memoir The Yellow-Lighted Bookstore. This lovely little book is in part a history of bookselling and part a series of meditations on being both a bookseller and then a publisher's sales rep in the days before chain stores and internet commerce. For those already in the business, it's a timely reminder of why we love our jobs; for those curious about the industry, it's a great introductory primer and an ode to the physical bricks and mortar bookstore.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! I'm just thrilled - not only is she the youngest woman to win this annual award but she had tough competition on the shortlist, up against Booker winner Kiran Desai, Anne Tyler, Rachel Cusk, Xiaolu Guo (we're publishing her shortlisted novel this fall) and Jane Harris. Plus the book is fantastic. There's been a wonderful resurgence of books by African writers being published in the West in the last few years, but not that many by women. This novel deals with the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s through the eyes of a houseboy, two sisters and their very different partners. You can read more coverage at the Guardian. Also check out Adichie's first novel, Purple Hibiscus and you can read an online Q & A where she answers questions about both books here. There's always a lot of controversy around the Orange Prize being open only to women, but I'm all for it. Of the many literary prizes out there, this consistently has the most interesting long and short lists. I'm constantly being introduced to great international writers that I would perhaps never have heard of without the attention that this prize gives them. Just check out the list of previous winners, shortlists and longlists here and see how many names are now some of your favourite writers.
Also congratulations to Karen Connelly who won the Orange Broadband Award for New Writers. Her novel The Lizard Cage was one of my Dewey picks a few seasons ago (it was published earlier in Canada) a profoundly moving novel about a man imprisoned for protesting against the government through his songs, and how he endures his solitary confinement, helped by his relationship with a young boy. One would think that not much could happen in a novel set for the most part just in a tiny cell but I found this story completely enthralling. And I promise you that after reading it, you'll never look at a simple ballpoint pen the same way again.
This is one of those days when I'm so proud to be working for the company responsible for publishing these two terrific writers.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Sunday, June 10
11 AM–Noon: Ralph Mellanby, the man behind Hockey Night in Canada, will be signing advance reading copies of his new book Walking with Legends.
Noon–1 PM: Alafair Burke will be signing copies of Dead Connection, her latest electrifying thriller.
1 PM–2 PM: Vanessa Craft will be signing copies of her debut novel, Out of Character.
1 PM–2 PM: Chantel Simmons will be signing copies of Stuck in Downward Dog.
2 PM–3 PM: Massimo Marcone will be signing copies of In Bad Taste?
3 PM–5 PM: Don’t miss your chance to meet international bestselling author James Patterson at his first ever Book Expo appearance. He will be signing copies of his latest Women’s Murder Club mystery The 6th Target.
5 PM: Join us to celebrate H.B. Fenn and Company’s 30th Anniversary with cake and champagne.
Monday, June 11
10 AM–11 AM: Canadian duo Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout will be signing copies of their new book The Black Sheep.
11 AM–Noon: Join Sleeping Bear authors and illustrators Lovenia Gorman, Melanie Rose, Janet Skirving, Mike Ulmer, and Susan Tooke as they sign copies of their latest children’s picture books.
Noon–1 PM: Toronto playwright Sean Dixon will be signing copies of his new YA book The Feathered Cloak.
Noon–1 PM: Carol Matas will be signing copies of her latest book Past Crimes.
1 PM–2 PM: Canadian ER doctor Dan Kalla will be signing copies of his latest medical mystery Blood Lies.
2 PM–3 PM: Meet Hugo and Nebula Award winner Robert J. Sawyer as he signs copies of his latest bestseller Rollback.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Some photos from Saskatoon. Above is a shot during my daily walk to campus across the bridge. You can see a bit of the university poking up behind the bridge.
And then this is on the bridge looking back at the city. The building that looks a bit like a castle is the Bessborough Hotel. My hotel was across the road. And finally below is a shot of the statue of Gandhi in downtown Sasktoon. It was a great Congress but I'm happy to be home after a long stretch on the road. Next up is Book Expo this weekend!
Friday, June 1, 2007
It's day 9 on the road and I'm ready to go home. Feet are hurting. I found myself scanning all the crumpled clothes in my suitcase wondering if I could find anything to match my comfortable lime green running shoes and still look professional.