Friday, December 30, 2011
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Monday, November 28, 2011
Jane Fonda was nicknamed “Hanoi Jane” after a disastrous trip to Vietnam to protest the war. She was also involved in many other causes and was a mentor for several younger celebrity activists like Sarah Jessica Parker. The chapter about Harry Belafonte describes his deep involvement with the Civil Rights movement and his close friendship with Martin Luther King Jr.
Hollywood Left and Right also includes chapters on Arnold Schwarznegger, Warren Beatty, Charlton Heston, Ronald Regan and George Murphy, Edward G. Robinson and Louis B. Mayer.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Helen Humphreys, author of The Reinvention of Love, will be reading at The Lorenzo Reading series from 7-9pm in Saint John, NB. Details here.
Robin Sharma, author of The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, will be speaking at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, ON. Details here.
Saturday November 26:
Vicki Grant, author of Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret, will be signing copies of her book at the Chapters in the Bayers Lake Power Centre from 12-1pm in Halifax, NS.
Kenneth Oppel, author of This Dark Endeavor, will be signing copies of his book at Chapters Brampton at 2pm in Brampton, ON. Details here.
Sunday November 27:
Jennifer McLagan, author of Odd Bits, will be discussing her book at Books to Cooks at 5pm in Vancouver, BC. Details here.
Arlene Dickinson, author of Persuasion, will be singing copies of her book at Indigo Burlington at 2pm in Burlington, ON. Details here.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Game by Ken Dryden
On A Cold Road by Dave Bidini
Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat
Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre
The Tiger by John Vaillant
There is a good piece from the writer's POV on how Canada Reads has effected them. Click here to listen to Terry Fallis; last year's winner of Canada Reads.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Louis Riel by Chester Brown
The Tiger by John Vaillant
The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown
Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton
The Game by Ken Dryden
On a Cold Road by Dave Bidini
Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat
Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire
Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre
Monday, October 31, 2011
In Ireland he was hired to tutor a very talented young woman, Dorothea Maunsell, who was from a rich and influential Protestant family. The two became very close and eventually eloped, causing a huge scandal. First of all, Tenducci was fifteen years older than Dorothea, he was a castrato, and he was also Catholic. Her family was outraged.
Dorothea’s father hired soldiers to chase the pair and Tenducci was thrown in prison twice, but eventually they made their way to England where they lived happily for five or six years. Then the spirited Dorothea eloped with another man.
The Castrato and His Wife is much more than a biography. It tells the story of a group of men, the castrati, who lived unusual lives at the edges of society. It’s also a fascinating look at the history of opera.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Think Independent Read Independent Buy Independent
Friday, October 14, 2011
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Friday, September 30, 2011
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Friday, September 23, 2011
As a publishers’ sales rep I spend a lot of time in my car driving to libraries and bookstores, or just the office. In January someone gave me a gift of The Room on CD, and since then I’ve become hooked on listening to books in my car. Now, getting caught in traffic on the QEW is much less aggravating.
The Toronto Public Library has a wonderful selection of books on CD. When it comes to listening to books, fiction works best, and one of my recent favourites was The Help. It is performed like a play, with different actresses taking on the voices of various characters. (I think I developed a slight southern drawl during the week I spent listening to this). A surprise hit for me was a spiritual book called, The Shack. It’s a story about a man who spends a weekend at a shack where he meets and talks with God. I also got very involved in all the Jackson Brody literary mysteries by Kate Atkinson. They’re very dark, but Atkinson is a beautiful writer who is very good at creating characters with a lot of depth. Start with Case Histories and you won’t be able to stop until you’ve listened to all four books in the series.
Unfortunately, non-fiction doesn’t work as well on CD, but the exception is biography because it’s usually got a strong narrative like fiction. I was surprised that I enjoyed My Life by Keith Richards as much as I did – even though I still think the guy’s a jerk. It's read by Johnny Depp, Keith Richards and a British actor. However, my favourite biography on CD is When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man by Jerry Weintraub, a Hollywood producer who started in the music business managing John Denver. He also has some great stories about working with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and many contemporary and actors like George Clooney. With a distinct Bronx accent, Weintraub reads his own story for the audio, and it’s an entertaining, funny and poignant tale of a very interesting and full life.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlist
The six books, selected from the longlist of 13, are as follows:
- Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Random House Canada)
- Carol Birch Jamrach’s Menagerie (HarperCollins Canada)
- Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (House of Anansi Press)
- Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Thomas Allen)
- Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (House of Anansi Press)
- A.D. Miller Snowdrops (HarperCollins Canada)
The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday October 18.
The jury selected 16 titles out of 143 books – a record-setting number of submissions – put forward by 55 publishers from every region of Canada. And for the first time ever, the longlist includes a Reader's Choice nomination:
- THE FREE WORLD by David Bezmozgis (HarperCollins Canada)
- THE MEAGRE TARMAC by Clarke Blaise (Biblioasis)
- THE BEGGAR'S GARDEN by Michael Christie (HarperCollins Canada)
- THE ANTAGONIST by Lynn Coady (House of Anansi Press)
- THE SISTERS BROTHERS by Patrick DeWitt (House of Anansi Press)
- HALF-BLOOD BLUES by Esi Edugyan for her novel (Thomas Allen Publishers)
- THE LITTLE SHADOWS by Marina Endicott (Doubleday Canada)
- BETTER LIVING THROUGH PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES by Zsuzsi Gartner (Hamish Hamilton)
- SOLITARIA by Genni Gunn (Signature Editions)
- INTO THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY by Pauline Holdstock (HarperCollins Canada)
- A WORLD ELSEWHERE by Wayne Johnston for his novel (Knopf Canada)
- THE RETURN by Dany Laferrière for his novel (translation, David Homel) (Douglas & McIntyre)
- MONOCEROS by Suzette Mayr (Coach House Books)
- THE CAT’S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje (McClelland & Stewart)
- A GOOD MAN by Guy Vanderhaeghe (McClelland & Stewart)
- TOUCH by Alexi Zentner (Knopf Canada)
- EXTENSIONS* by Myrna Dey (NeWest Press) *Reader’s Choice
The shortlist will be announced at a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday, October 4th.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
And finally Lev Grossman wrote a very cool history of the book "From Scroll to Screen" also from the NYT.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Hugo (the Hippo) and Bella (the Bird) are best friends, but when they are invited to a costume party they can't agree on what outfits to wear. Hugo wants to wear a princess costume and tries to convince Bella to dress up like a pea, but she refuses. Bella offers several alternative ideas for matching costumes, such as a mermaid and a rock, but Hugo is offended. He does not look like a rock!
Eventually the two friends come up with an innovative solution and have a wonderful time at the party. I don't want to be a pea! is a warm and funny story about the give and take of friendship. The book is illustrated with simple, brightly coloured pictures and it would be great for reading aloud at storytime.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Check out the video trailers below! The first, was filmed just after Jane finished recording the audio edition and will tell you a bit more about the book and the process of writing it.
And now- a special message recorded just for us in Canada!
Are you excited too?!! I have a five galleys up for grabs for the first five Canadian librarians to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use 'Happy Accidents' as the subject of your e-mail and please be sure to include the full mailing address of your library.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
There are also prizes to be won including a trip for two to the Giller Awards. Click here for more information.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Big Nate is back and better than ever! Big Nate On A Roll, the third book in this fun series that Kirkus likened to a 'latter-day Peanuts and a kinder, gentler Diary of a Wimpy Kid is now available in stores & on library shelves.
Nate has always looked forward to his Timber Scout meetings (even the berets are cool). But when the practically perfect foreign exchange student Artur joins his troop, Nate is going to have some serious competition to earn first place in the Timber Scout door-to-door sales competition. And Big Nate REALLY wants the customized skateboard that is the prize… Many laughs ensue as the competition heats up! With its mix of text and comic style panels, this book (and the others in the series) appeal to avid & reluctant readers alike.
I must admit to having had a soft spot for Nate- I do like a mischief maker! So, to celebrate the release of Big Nate on A Roll, I’m running a contest for Canadian teachers & librarians. The winner will receive the prize pack depicted in the picture on the right, consisting of an autographed copy of the first two books in the series (Big Nate in A Class By Himself and Big Nate Strikes Again), as well as a copy of Big Nate on a Roll, Big Nate Boredom Busters, the newly arrived ARC of the new comic strip collection Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? and a Big Nate cardboard standee.
To enter, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com with the subject ‘Big Nate’. Be sure to include your full name and the mailing address of your library or school. I’ll collect entries until Friday September 2nd and contact the winner on Tuesday the 6th.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
To enter and for rules and regulations, follow this link.
Even if you live in Toronto, this prize would be a great 'staycation'. I only wish I could enter too!
The Single Girl's To-Do List was one of my Spring 2011 Dewey Picks. The main character, Rachel, is devastated after being dumped for the first time in her illustrious dating career. An avid list-maker & follower, Rachel starts a practical 'what to do now' list. The fun begins when her two best friends get hold of the list and decide to spice it up a little. Rachel's list begins with a makeover, moves on to tracking down 'the one that got away' (who now lives in Toronto) & includes a challenge that has Rachel facing her fear of heights. This book has great characters, a lot of laughs and is a fun summer read!
Monday, August 8, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Date: Sunday, August 7 (rain date Sunday, August 14th)
This book is awesome and has folks such as Lorraine Johnson and Elizabeth Baird contributing over 100 recipes.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
In many newly settled colonies in what was to become the United States, the tavern was often the first building to be built. In small communities that didn’t have many public buildings, the tavern often doubled as a courtroom, post office, community centre – and sometimes the library.
Many events central to the history of the US took place in bars, including some of the Salem witch trials. Plans for the Boston Tea Party were hatched at the Green Dragon, and the Declaration of Independence was ratified at a tavern in New Jersey. For runaway slaves escaping to Canada, it was often tavern owners who provided food and shelter to the refugees. Even the Star Spangled Banner has a connection to a bar; it was written over a few pints at the Fountain Inn to the tune of an old drinking song.
Monday, July 11, 2011
This book has been everywhere recently...the New York Times, National Post, Good Morning America etc. The author has a new book coming out this fall: Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery...it should be just as much fun!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
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On the Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years
Trudeau and Our Times, Volume 1: The Magnificent Obsession and Volume 2: The Heroic Delusion
While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World
Fights of Our Lives: Elections, Leadership and the Making of Canada
The Best Laid Plans
One-Eyed Kings: Promise & Illusion in Canadian Politics
John A: The Man Who Made Us; The Life and Times of John A. MacDonald, Volume One
Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights
Harperland: The Politics of Control
1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal
A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada
Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper’s Conservatism
Friday, July 1, 2011
The National Post really sums it up: "it is a Canadian document of a pivotal moment in our national history". This is perfect for fans (like me) of Chester Brown's Louis Riel and for Canada Day!