Friday, April 30, 2021

Summer Webinars now open for registration!


The Dewey Divas and Dudes are back with another webinar series presenting our top recommended titles for Canadian libraries. We're thrilled to be able to share with our librarian friends the perfect new releases to dive into and recommend to their customers this summer.

Tune in for these two-hour webinars with our publisher reps booktalking nearly 75 new adult fiction and nonfiction books, and 100 new books for young readers, all publishing between May and August.

The webinars will be livestreamed over Zoom, and attendees must register through Eventbrite:
Each presentation will begin at 1 p.m. ET (2 p.m. AT / 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT).

*New*: Attendees who watch the presentation live will be entered to win a door prize of selected books from our presentation!

Not able to make it that day? No worries! Both presentations will be recorded for later viewing, which will be posted on our blog and emailed to attendees afterwards. (If you missed our last season of webinars... we've got you covered!)

Handouts with our selected titles will be posted here on our blog.

Find all of our webinars listed on Eventbrite here: http://deweydivas.eventbrite.com.

Questions? Email Allie Chenoweth: achenoweth@scholastic.ca

See you on the web!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Indigenous Writing Contest deadline extended

Second Story Press has been hearing that people need more time, so they're giving it! The deadline for submissions to the third Indigenous Writing Contest has been extended by four weeks, to May 14th, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Darcie Little Badger Interview


Elatsoe was on Time's Best Fantasy Books of all time! Darcie Little Badger was interviewed by CBC about her work and this awesome accomplishment! We are super excited for her new book A Snake Falls to Earth coming out this Fall.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Winter Best Bets webinar recordings now available!

Did you miss our winter webinar series of our top picks this February & March? You're in luck! The recordings are now available to watch on demand.
And save the dates for our Summer Best Bets webinars: Adult Picks will be on Tuesday June 15, and Kids & Teen Picks on Wednesday June 16. Links to register coming soon!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

2 More Sleeps til Paper Bag Princess Day!

Annick just released two super fun backgrounds for your zoom meeting!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

March 9th: An evening discussing books with 6 Canadian independent publishers!

We invite you to spend a fun (virtual) evening with six awesome Canadian independent publishers: Annick Press, Biblioasis, Coach House Books, ECW Press, Groundwood Books and House of Anansi Press! 

Join this friendly group of book-lovers as we chat with each other about our favourite upcoming titles and answer your burning questions about our lists. All librarians and bookstore staff are welcome. Feel free to share this invitation with fellow book-loving friends! 

 The event will be held virtually over Zoom on March 9th, 2021 at 8:00 PM EST. Please register to the event and sign up to receive a gift bag of new books and ARCs here (quantities limited)!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Two More Webinars!

A reminder that we have two more webinars coming up this week! 

Tune in this Wednesday to hear our members present our favourite books for K-12 Schools. On Thursday, we'll be talking about our favourite new books for Book Clubs. 

Both webinars run two hours and begin at 1 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. AT / 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT).

You can register for these free events at Eventbrite by following the following links:



Each presentation will be recorded for later viewing, and the link to the recording will be emailed to attendees afterwards. Handouts with our selected titles will be posted on our blog: http://deweydivas.blogspot.com/

For those tuning in live to the webinars, you'll also have the chance to win door prizes! 

We'll be selecting two attendees randomly on March 3rd to win copies of Ground Zero by Alan Gratz and The Fabulous Zed Watson by Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester:


Those tuning into our Book Clubs presentation on Thursday will have the chance to win copies of 
The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec, The Downstairs Neighbor by Helen Cooper, Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams and Detransition Baby by Torrey Petersas well as four tote bags featuring The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. 

      
 

We hope you'll tune in on Wednesday and Thursday!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Canadian Independent Bookseller Association has Arrived!


In January, the Canadian Independent Bookseller Association formally launched and we are all thrilled! This will be the go to place for all things indie as well as the meeting place for booksellers and industry professionals.  To sign up for their newsletter go here: https://cibabooks.ca/Contact-us  

Friday, February 12, 2021

Love is in the Air- Day 5

This is it-our final giveaway! 

Today's prize comes courtesy of Martin and Associates, who are giving away a pack of novels from the queen of romantic fiction, Karen Swan, including an early copy of Hidden Beach from the UK!


  I'm sure you've got it down pat by now, but as a reminder, each day we'll post a new prize for the day on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. Just 'like' the post to enter the contest. 

The contest is open to Canadian teachers and librarians. You may enter up to three times per day by liking our posts on the Dewey Diva Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media channels. All prizes will be drawn on Tuesday February 16th at 9:00 a.m. EST. Winners will be contacted both to verify their school/library name and to confirm their mailing addresses so we can ship out your prizes.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Love is in the Air- Day 4

The week of love-themed giveaways continues with another great prize for Thursday!

Win a collection of board books from Orca Book Publishers that are perfect for reading aloud with your little ones to show just how much you love them!


As a reminder, each day we'll post a new prize for the day on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. Just 'like' the post to enter the contest. 

The contest is open to Canadian teachers and librarians. You may enter up to three times per day by liking our posts on the Dewey Diva Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media channels. All prizes will be drawn on Tuesday February 16th at 9:00 a.m. EST. Winners will be contacted both to verify their school/library name and to confirm their mailing addresses so we can ship out your prizes. 

Good luck! 

-Rosalyn

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Love is in the Air- Day 3!

The week of love-themed giveaways on our social media sites continues!

Our prize pack for Wednesday is from HarperCollins and is the perfect treat for those who binge-watched the Netflix series Bridgerton, and are desperate to know if the other Bridgerton siblings get their own happy ending. The prize pack consists of all 8 books in the original series, including the novella collection 'The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After' which gives updates on all of your favourite couples!

I've thrown in a box of chocolates, because you'll need to keep your strength up- that's a lot of reading! 


 
As a reminder, each day we'll post a new prize for the day on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. Just 'like' the post to enter the contest. 

The contest is open to Canadian teachers and librarians. You may enter up to three times per day by liking our posts on the Dewey Diva Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media channels. All prizes will be drawn on Tuesday February 16th at 9:00 a.m. EST. Winners will be contacted both to verify their school/library name and to confirm their mailing addresses so we can ship out your prizes. 

Good luck! 

-Rosalyn

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Love is in the Air- Day 2!

The week of love-themed giveaways on our social media sites continues!

Our prize pack for Tuesday comes courtesy of Penguin Random House, and features the following books: 


 


As a reminder, each day we'll post a new prize for the day on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. Just 'like' the post to enter the contest. 

The contest is open to Canadian teachers and librarians. You may enter up to three times per day by liking our posts on the Dewey Diva Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media channels. All prizes will be drawn on Tuesday February 16th at 9:00 a.m. EST. Winners will be contacted both to verify their school/library name and to confirm their mailing addresses so we can ship out your prizes. 

Good luck! 

-Rosalyn

Monday, February 8, 2021

Contest Alert: Love is in the Air!

This week we'll be running a love-themed series of giveaways on our social media sites! 

Each day we'll post a new prize for the day on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. Just 'like' the post to enter the contest. 

The contest is open to Canadian teachers and librarians. You may enter up to three times per day by liking our posts on the Dewey Diva Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media channels. All prizes will be drawn on Tuesday February 16th at 9:00 a.m. EST. Winners will be contacted both to verify their school/library name and to confirm their mailing addresses so we can ship out your prizes. 

Our Monday prize comes courtesy of Ampersand Inc, who have offered up a prize pack consisting of the following:




Check out the contest post on each of our social media sites and like it to enter! You can find us here: 

Facebook @DeweyDivasandDudes
 
Instagram @deweydivasanddudes
Twitter (@DeweyDivas) 

Good luck and keep watching as more great prizes are announced!

Rosalyn

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

New Contest Alert!

Win a signed book from an amazing Canadian author!

Head over to the HarperCollins website to enter for your chance to win either a SIGNED copy of Gutter Child by Jael Richardson OR a SIGNED copy of Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson. You'll find the entry form towards the bottom of the Library Services page.

Contest opens February 3, 2021 at 12:00 AM EST and closes February 12, 2021 at 11:30 PM EST

JAEL RICHARDSON is the artistic director of the FOLD literary festival, the books columnist on CBC Radio’s q and an outspoken advocate on issues of diversity. She is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The memoir received a CBC Bookie Award, an Arts Acclaim Award and a My People Award. Watch the video below to find out more about Gutter Child from Jael herself! 


JENNIFER ROBSON is the #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over, Moonlight Over Paris, and The Gown. Inspired by events in her husband's family's history, her new book Our Darkest Night is an moving and unputdownable story about a young Jewish woman in Italy who must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife in order to survive the Holocaust.



Best of luck! 

Rosalyn

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tune in for our winter webinar series!



The Dewey Divas and Dudes are back with another season of webinars presenting our top recommended titles for libraries! We're thrilled to be able to share with our Canadian librarian friends the perfect new releases to recommend and read beside a roaring fire this winter.

This season we are hosting four two-hour webinars that will be live-streamed on Zoom:
Each presentation will begin at 1 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. AT / 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT) 

Attendees must register through Eventbrite, and will be emailed the Zoom link and password the day of the event. You must register for each webinar you would like to watch as it will not be the same link and password. We recommend downloading Zoom, or using Google Chrome, Firefox, or another Zoom-compatible web browser.

Each presentation will be recorded for later viewing, and the link to the recording will be emailed to attendees afterwards.

Handouts with our selected titles will be posted here on our blog.

Find all of our webinars listed on Eventbrite at http://deweydivas.eventbrite.com.

Questions? Email Allie Chenoweth: achenoweth@scholastic.ca

See you on the web!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Canada Reads is Back!

It's the 20th anniversary of Canada's favourite book reading challenge and the shortlist is in!  Check it out to add a whole new pile of books to your list.


Thursday, December 24, 2020

Bestselling Books in Canada 2020

From our friends at BookNet Canada, the bestselling books of the year. Lots of good stuff on here if you need to add anything to your reading pile :).
Go here for the complete list.




Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Canadian Children's Book Week, May 2-8


The list is out! and what a  list...some of Canada's top creators will be out and about visiting schools and libraries in one way or another. Below are some of them
  • Michelle Barker, My Long List of Impossible Things (9781773213644 PB/ 9781773213651 HC) 
  • Paul Covello, Canada ABC 
  • Kevin Sylvester, Follow Your Stuff (
  • Nicola Winstanley, Mel and Mo’s Marvelous Balancing Act
You can see the full list here.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Keep your eyes and ears open for P.J. O'Rourke! The writer/commentator/satirist was recently on The Current, talking with Matt Galloway about his new book and the current political climate (https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-oct-20-2020-1.5769020), and made an appearance on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin. As witty and entertaining as ever, O'Rourke's latest book is full of observations about the present political absurdity.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

A Musical Tour of Toronto


If you've been missing live music, Jonny Dovercourt's latest work Any Night of the Week (Coach House Books) is the perfect antidote. In this fascinating history of live music in Toronto from the 60's to the 00's, Dovercourt dives into the stories of music venues, promoters, neighbourhoods and musicians themselves. For the Toronto International Festival of Authors, Dovercourt recorded an audio-tour of the music scene in Toronto; there are four podcast episodes currently available, separated by neighbourhood. Check them out here: https://festivalofauthors.ca/event/any-night-of-the-week-a-walking-history-of-toronto-music/ 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

THE BEAR: A Nature-Based Hit

This past summer saw most of us out and about, trying not to get too close to others and getting closer to nature as a result. The Bear by Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press) is almost eerily appropriate for 2020, as it delivers a beautiful story set in a post-post-apocalyptic world with almost no people. Recently winning the Banff Centre’s Mountain Book Competition in Fiction & Poetry, The Bear is about survival, listening to nature, and finding beauty in wild solitude. Author Andrew Krivak's previous book, The Sojourn, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The 99% Invisible City

The 99% Invisible City is based on the uber popular podcast of the same nameCities columnist Shawn Micallef of the Toronto Star did a unique piece this past Saturday discussing certain Toronto architectural and design "tropes", borrowing from the The 99% Invisible City (e.g. electrical substations, the ROM's Liebskind Crystal) and adding his own explorations. 
The online version of the article is "Why even simple sidewalk stamps have a role to play in telling Toronto's complex story" .



Friday, October 23, 2020

Natalie Portman's Fables


Natalie Portman has rewritten three classic stories in Natalie Portman's Fables. Tom Power interviewed her...give it a listen!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Fall Indie Book Social invite: Oct. 20, 8-9 pm ET

Want to hear about the fabulous new books coming from your favourite Canadian publishers? Then sign up for a fun event on Oct. 20, 8-9 pm ET to hear from Annick Press, Biblioasis Press, Coach House Books, ECW Press, Groundwood Books and House of Anansi Press.

The event will be held virtually over Zoom on October 20th, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST. Please register to the event and sign up to receive a gift bag of ARCs and goodies here https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SaB2cSyZTrSqjfnzNWqqZw> (quantities limited)!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown



John Lithgow is at it again with a follow up to last year's hit Trumpty Dumpty with Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown . Check out this hilarious piece on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert with Lithgow reading from the book with his BFF's such as Meryl Streep.



Thursday, October 8, 2020

Latinx History Month


Have you done any reading for Latinx History Month (aka Hispanic Heritage Month)? If the answer is no, you still have a week to correct that! Fiebre Tropical, the debut novel by Juli Delgado Lopera and current finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, is a great place to start. Delgado Lopera is a Colombian writer, historian, speaker, and storyteller, and winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award and 2018 Independent Publisher Award.

Fiebre Tropical is part of The Feminist Press's new imprint Amethyst Editions, which features LGBTQ+ narratives curated by noted author Michelle Tea.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Giller Shortlist 2020


The shortlist for the Giller Prize 2020 has been announced! The five finalists are:
- Gil Adamson, Ridgerunner
- David Bergen, Here the Dark
- Souvankham Thammavongsa, How to Pronounce Knife
- Shani Mootoo, Polar Vortex
- Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel

The winner will be announced on November 9th in a virtual awards ceremony. To read more about the finalists, check out CBC's coverage.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Shuggie Bain author at TIFA


Shuggie Bain
is the heartrending story of a sweet and lonely boy growing up it the 1980's in Glasgow, Scotland. This beautiful novel is currently on the shortlist for the Booker Prize 2020 as well as the Kirkus Prize for Fiction 2020! On top of that, we are lucky enough to have author Douglas Stuart participating in this year's TIFA, which is completely virtual. Join Douglas in conversation with author Alex Pugsley in an event titled "Coming of Age," taking place on October 31st.  If you're planning a spooky night in for Hallowe'en, not to worry--the event will be available for three days following initial release.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Ferrante's Latest Novel to be Made into Netflix Series


The recent HBO adaptation of Elena Ferrante's international bestseller My Brilliant Friend brought even more attention to the beloved author of the Italian bildungsroman, and now her latest work, The Lying Life of Adults, has been pegged for a Netflix adaptation. Ferrante's new novel, like the Neapolitan Quartet, is set in Naples, Italy, and features a young woman on a journey of self-discovery. The Lying Life of Adults is gritty, gripping, and highly addictive...don't wait for the TV series to get your hands on it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020 Booker Authors at TIFA!

The Toronto International Festival of Authors is online this year, and is hosting multiple authors who were shortlisted for the 2020 Booker and Booker International Prizes! Keep an eye out for:

- Maaza Mengiste, author of THE SHADOW KING, appearing in conversation with Emma Donoghue on October 25th for an event titled "Females on the Frontline"
- Fernanda Melchor, author of HURRICANE SEASON, appearing in an event titled "Tradition on Trial" on October 22nd.
- Shokoofeh Azar, author of THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE GREENGAGE TREE, appearing in an event titled "Home Sweet Homelands" on October 22nd, and doing a reading as part of the "Skin Hunger" event on October 27th.
The events will be available on line for three days following their initial release, so mark your calendars!

Monday, September 28, 2020

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day


This Wednesday, September 30th, is Orange Shirt Day! On this day, kids, parents, teachers, and librarians are encouraged to wear orange shirts to represent their belief that Every Child Matters, and to recognize the traumatic legacy of Residential Schools on generations of Indigenous people. Medicine Wheel Education recently published a beautiful book chock full of information and photos to help you prepare for Orange Shirt Day. It explores the historical impact of Residential Schools, looks at the path to reconciliation and healing, and promotes the message that Every Child Matters. Get your copy today and learn about how you can observe Orange Shirt Day with all of Canada!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Toronto International Festival of Authors


Toronto International Festival of Authors has released their line up and it looks great! The authors appearing are phenomenal.. Andre Alexis, Anne Michaels, Catherine Hernandez, Colum McCann, Edwidge Danticat AND SO MANY MORE!!!!!!!!!! They will have order 200 free live stream events. So great!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Susanna Clarke is Back!

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is one of my favourite books of all time; I was thrilled to hear she had a new book coming out this Fall: Piranesi and I can promise you it doesn't disappoint! She did a great interview with the New Yorker which you can read here...enjoy!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Quidditch Through the Ages


Calling all librarians! Raincoast has a very limited number of Quidditch Through the Ages kits. The kits include: double-sided poster, bunting, standees, mobile, tote bag. Please contact melissa@raincoast.com to order one. :)

Friday, September 4, 2020

September is Curious George Curiosity Month!


Request your Curiosity Month event kit from Raincoast and help us celebrate Curious George’s birthday and the magic of learning and discovery through reading. 
The Curiosity Day Event Kit includes:
- activity booklet
- Man with the Yellow Hat headbands
- door hangers
- sticker sheets
Please email melissa@raincoast.com to request a kit.
You can go here for more information: https://www.curiousgeorge.com/curiosity-day

Friday, August 28, 2020

Joe Sacco on The Current

Joe Sacco; award winning cartoonist and journalist was interviewed on The Current about his new book Paying the Land. The interview starts at the 22:50 mark. In the book he takes a look at the Dene and resource extraction. It's a very powerful story and has already gone into reprint.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Dewey Divas Four Livestreams this Fall


The Dewey Divas and Dudes are once again hitting the internet instead of the road! We're thrilled to be able to share with our librarian friends the perfect books to curl up with this fall.

These titles are the must-reads and hidden gems hand-picked by our reps that will warm your spirits like the perfect pumpkin spice latte.

This season we are hosting FOUR two-hour webinars that will be live-streamed on WebEx:
Adult Picks: Tuesday Sept. 15th
Kids & Teen Picks: Wednesday Sept. 16th
Best Books for K-12 Schools: Friday Sept. 18th
Best Books for Book Clubs: Wednesday Oct. 14th

Each presentation will begin at 1 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. AT / 12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT)

Attendees who register through Eventbrite will be emailed the WebEx link to join closer to the date. You must register for each webinar you would like to watch as it will not be the same link. We recommend using Google Chrome, Firefox, or another WebEx-compatible browser.

Each presentation will be recorded, and the link to the recording will be emailed to attendees afterwards. So if you are unable to attend on the day of the presentation but want to watch the recording later, please still register!

Handouts with our selected titles will be posted here on our blog.

Register for our webinars at http://deweydivas.eventbrite.com.

See you on the web!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Seeing Gender Classroom Guide

Here is a cool guide to an awesome book all on gender rolesSeeing Gender 



Thursday, July 23, 2020

Leonard and Hungry Paul

This charming debut is a must-read and one of Lahring's favourite books of the year. This book asks a simple question: Can gentle people change the world? 

This is a book perfect for our uncertain, uneasy times. Listen to author, Ronan Hession talk about his new book and his passion for libraries. 


More About the Book
 
In this charming and truly unique debut, popular Irish musician Ronan Hession tells the story of two single, thirty-something men who still live with their parents and who are ... nice. They take care of their parents and play board games together. They like to read. They take satisfaction from their work. They are resolutely kind. And they realize that none of this is considered normal.

Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends struggling to protect their understanding of what's meaningful in life. It is about the uncelebrated people of this world—the gentle, the meek, the humble. And as they struggle to persevere, the book asks a surprisingly enthralling question: Is it really them against the world, or are they on to something?
Netgalley


Edelweiss


Monday, July 20, 2020

Cone Cat Giveaway!

Who doesn't love cats! This book is super funny and Owlkids is running a contest to give away 2 copies of this hilarious book!

Cone Cat: Chirp Blog

Friday, July 17, 2020

DK Marvel Superheroes!

Hello everyone! DK Books have prepared the perfect quiz to go in tandem with one of their newest books, WE ARE SUPER HEROES. There are some great questions that will help you find out if you're more of a Black Panther than a Ms. Marvel.

Take the quiz HERE

Monday, July 13, 2020

Operation Readaloud

Operation Readaloud was created by Lisa von Drasek (formerly of Bank Street and now directing the Kerlan Collection) in response to the need to aggregate children's book creators read-alouds while children are sequestered at home. Submissions from all authors and illustrators are more than welcome! There are millions of Canadian kids out there who had their school years cut short by the pandemic, and countless more who don't have access to the generous resources our school systems and libraries provide. Spread the word, my friends! You never know how far a virtual read-along can go!

Here is the link to Lisa von Drasek's Facebook page for Operation Readaloud:



https://www.facebook.com/groups/138080447610791/

Monday, June 1, 2020

Paul Bae: CBC Interview

Paul Bae, the comedian-podcaster and author of You Suck, Sir: Chronicles of a High School English Teacher and the Smartass Students Who Schooled Him, published by Arsenal Pulp Press, was interviewed on CBC Radio's "The Next Chapter" with Shelagh Rogers, talking about how his years as an English high school teacher informed his career in comedy (May 15). 

You can find the interview here: