Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
- At 10:30, Kevin Sylvester, author of Gold Medal for Weird and Sports Hall of Weird, will be signing copies of his new middle grade mystery novel - Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders.
- Starting at 12:00 pm, Toronto author Megan Crewe will be signing copies of her teen novel Give Up the Ghost
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Coming May 4th, 2010 is the first book in The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid, about a brother and sister whose father accidentally awakens the Egyptian gods of old, forcing the duo to run for their lives.
The Disney Book Group is not printing advance reading copies, but the publisher has set up a new series website where you can get a sneak peak at the first chapter.
If you haven't seen it already, you may also want to check out the Percy Jackson official website for wallpaper downloads, activities and more information about the gods and goddesses featured in the series.
If you are coming to the OLA Superconference next week, please stop by the H.B. Fenn and Company booth (215/217) for your chance to win a hardcover boxed set of all five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Courtney's webpage for video trailers, chapter excerpts, interviews with the author, and more information about her latest book, Some Girls Are, which just released in January and has already racked up THREE starred reviews (Kirkus, SLJ, and PW).
Also making the 2009 Cyblis winners list in the Easy Reader category was I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems- part of the excellent Elephant and Piggie series.
Click here for the full list of Cybils winners!
One for the Money, the first book in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is finally going to be made into a movie!!! According to an article in Variety, Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy, The Ugly Truth) has signed on to play the lead role of former lingerie buyer turned inept bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
I'm sure the debate will rage online about the casting, and if you want to get in on the voting for the casting for the supporting characters you can visit Janet Evanovich's Facebook page.
Personally, I would have voted for Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) for the role of Stephanie, as she can do kooky and better fits the physical description of Stephanie from the books. Now, I wonder who they'll get to play Ranger and Morelli??
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I find the whole event incredibly inspiring, for both the human interest stories (I'm sure I was not alone in shedding a few tears when Alex Bilodeau won Gold in Men's Moguls and rushed over to hug his older brother) and the awe-inspiring athletic displays.
I have actually skied down both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and it took me all day to get from top to bottom of each mountain. Mind you, coming from the relative flatness of Ontario, my downhill skiing technique involves a lot of (steadying) arm waving, screaming (usually when the skis start to head toward a tree), and falling to slow myself down. It boggles the mind that gold-medal winner Didier Defago from Switzerland completed the downhill course in 1:54:31 for the gold medal!!
Isn't our Women's Hockey Team fantastic? I just caught about fifteen minutes of their game against Switzerland yesterday, but during that time, they scored 3 goals and seemed to be dancing around the other team.
I even forced myself to watch the pairs figure skating, which to me is as nerve-racking as watching a horror movie. I even watch it the same way- through my fingers or with an afghan on my head (so I can see through the holes)- all those dramatic falls and near-misses with flying skates...
This is definitely an event I'll want to remember forever. Fortunately, I have the inside track to a perfect memento of the Games! Key Porter Books will be publishing a commemorative book written by The Canadian Press called Canada's Olympic Diary, which will release immediately following the end of the games. It will follow the Olympics day-by-day, covering all of the events, but focusing in particular on the achievements of our Canadian athletes- exactly what I want to remember!
Go Team Canada!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Maupassant is quite candid about what to expect right from the beginning:
This diary has no interesting story to tell, no tales of derring-do. Last spring I went on a short cruise along the Mediterranean coast and every day, in my spare time, I jotted down things I'd seen and thought.
In fact what I saw was water, sun, cloud and rocks and that's all. I had only simple thoughts, the kind you have when you're being carried drowsily along on the cradle of the waves.
Of course he's being a bit disingenuous. In his introduction, Parmee suggests that the diary is best read as a work of fiction as it contains, "many entertaining, largely invented stories and anecdotes: in a word, a superb example of his skills as a short-story writer, with an eye as sharp as his brain." Maupassant is fretful when embarking, irritated by the superficiality and boredom of the society he spends most of his time in. His trip is a form of momentary escape and his "eye" delights in the soothing pleasures of nature, the sea, and the moon. He recounts the stories of people he has known or heard about who could easily populate his fiction: the daring escape of a prisoner, the tragic story of a woman who gives up everything for love, only to discover she has been betrayed. He doesn't spend all his time at sea however, frequently going ashore to hike in the hills or visit towns and observe the people. This results in one rather amusing, prideful exposition on French males being the world's best lovers and conversationalists.
Ultimately Afloat - like most travel narratives - is an attempt to hold the world at bay, however briefly. By isolating himself at sea Maupassant can muse philosophically upon the more miserable aspects of life - war, poverty and death - and momentarily escape them. As a writer though, he knows that humanity is the fodder for his work and however much he dislikes society, he can't stay away for long.
This was a nice mini-break from some of the more serious NYRB books I've been reading.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
There was something inspiriting about the atmosphere of that house in Bristol, the almost human voice which had bidden me welcome there. It had caused a predominantly cautious person nearly to forget that such a quality existed. . . I had spent fascinated hours in one department story after another, gazing at kitchen units, bathroom fittings, track-lighting - oh, at all manner of things! I may still have been a dull woman but before I quit London and while there were still a few people left to talk to, my dullness had at least gone down a different route.
We used to eat our meals on trays in front of the fire, but the chill of those meals was increased by the fact that for reasons of economy the fire was laid but never lit.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
For something a little more adult, I'm looking forward to reading Arthur Japin's new novel Director's Cut, out next week. Penelope Cruz nabbed a Best Supporting Actress nod today for her role in Nine, the Rob Marshall musical based on Fellini's iconic film 8 1/2 (and it's worth seeing if you like musicals - it's not as good as Chicago, but I always enjoy watching Daniel Day-Lewis, in pretty much any role he's in and Judi Dench steals the show; her musical number involves the longest feather boa I've ever seen - enough to wrap up all the Dewey Divas and then some!) Japin's novel is based on the last love affair of a director very like Fellini and promises a nice romp through the world of Italian cinema.
Also on deck is a galley of Chuck Palahniuk's new novel Tell-All which is coming out in May. Now, I've never read anything by him before - he frankly scares the heck out of me - but his new book is supposedly a retelling of All About Eve, which is one of my favourite movies (and deservedly won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1950). I have no idea what to expect but I'm fastening my seat belt; it may be a bumpy ride!