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?


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:

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:

Sunday, May 24, 2020

How will the role of public libraries be changed?

This is an amazing one hour long conversation between some of Canada's awesome librarians. It has some great take aways and sharing of best practices. Well worth the listen.
It was hosted by Canadian Urban Institute; thanks to Edmund and Russ at Whitehots for sharing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Dewey Divas Live Stream on May 26th and 27th

Though the Dewey Divas and Dudes are missing hitting the road and presenting to our fabulous librarian friends in person, we are excited to offer a virtual presentation of the Spring 2020 books that should absolutely not be missed!
These titles are the must-reads and hidden gems hand-picked by our reps that will entertain, absorb, and comfort readers of all ages.

Register for one or both of our two-hour webinars that will be livestreamed on WebEx:
Tuesday May 26: Adult Picks
Wednesday May 27: Kids & Teen Picks
Saffron Beckwith, Ampersand Inc
Allie Chenoweth, Scholastic Canada
Andrea Colquhoun, Penguin Random House Canada
Laureen Cusack, Ampersand Inc
Tim Gain, Canadian Manda Group
Janet Murie, Orca Book Publishers
Rosalyn Steele, HarperCollins Canada
Margot Stokreef, Martin & Associates
Lahring Tribe, Penguin Random House Canada

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 should RSVP via Eventbrite so they will be emailed the WebEx link to join closer to the event date. (We recommend you use Chrome for the Webex. There is no need to download anything.)

The presentation will also 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 and want to watch the recording later, please still RSVP!

The last day for RSVPs on Eventbrite will be Sunday May 24.

Looking forward to hitting the books with you (on the internet)!

Monday, April 13, 2020

DK Canada's "Stay Home, Stay Curious" Campaign

DK Canada is thrilled to share their "Stay Home, Stay Curious" campaign on DK Canada's website.

This hub will house content from across DK Canada's books and divisions. Everything from home learning ideas, recipe extracts to great Canadian content such as a free downloadable teacher's guide for Our Great Prime Ministers. There's also DIY ideas & Gardening tips as well as excerpts to make staying fit at home easy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Blue Spruce Awards Go Virtual!

The Blue Spruce Awards are going virtual! Visit Forest of Reading (see attachment for the link ; read-aloud schedule) to catch this years Blue Spruce Nominees!  These books will enrich young readers learning experiences with beautiful illustrations blended with fun, interesting, and exciting stories.

Friday, March 27, 2020


Let's Commit to Celebrating the Read-Aloud Year-Round - NCTE

Operation Read Aloud is a much needed site to aggregate children's book creators to read-aloud while children are sequestered at home. Join the group to enjoy story-time with your little ones, all while watching some of our favourite authors #readaloud.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Paper Bag Princess Turns 40: A Podcast Primer

The Paper Bag Princess closes with 'the ending it's supposed to have,' Munsch says. (Annick Press)
A classic of children's literature will be celebrating a big birthday in May 2020; its 40th, to be precise. And what a celebration it will be! Robert Munsch's seminal story, The Paper Bag Princess, has been adored by millions of children around the globe, and inspired countless artists over the last forty years to challenge the framework of 'normal' fairy-tales. The CBC recently published an illuminating interview (which you can check out here) on Munsch's creative process and various inspirations for PBP, along with the exclamation that Elizabeth's proud declaration of independence is indeed a happy ending; Munsch adds, "That's the ending it's supposed to have."

Stay tuned for more PBP news & updates - there's going to be plenty this year!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Ken Liu & Chinese Sci-Fi Translations!

Hello to all you lovely Sci-Fi fans. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to read Cixin Liu's SF-revelation The Three-Body Problem which was published by TOR (one of my favorite books in recent memory), please do yourself a favor: head to your nearest Indie Bookstore and buy a copy immediately. If you're like me, and you've read it already (and perhaps more of Liu's work, revolving in and around this series) there's a great article to check out that centers on the book's translator, Ken Liu.

Check out the full article here:

Monday, February 24, 2020

In The Kitchen with Antoni Porowski

Antoni Porowski, best known from the TV Series Queer Eye, has recently published an amazing cookbook called Antoni in the Kitchen. From the official blurb: "Some of the recipes in this book are weeknight healthyish meals, while others are perfect for off-the-cuff entertaining. Visual stunners, they're often composed of fewer than five ingredients. Whether Bastardized Easy Ramen; Malaysian Chili Shrimp; Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto; or Salty Lemon Squares, all are visual stunners and can be carried off with panache, even by beginners."

Click here for an exclusive Antoni interview;

And click here for another one!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

TTC Library Map

Maybe this is going to give you a headache; maybe you'll think it's the coolest thing ever. The reddit user prettydisposable has created a TTC map that includes a listing of every Toronto Public Library Location. If you need help deciphering this behemoth (like most of us do), check out the full article right here:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

So Many ARCs!

We are all set up and can't wait to see everyone at the OLA Superconference Expo! 

Here's a sneak peek of some of the ARCs we have at the HarperCollins Canada booth. Be sure to stop by booth 732/734 early in the day for the best selection!  

We have so many amazing adult fiction titles this year, including new novels from Canadian authors Helen Humphries (Rabbit Foot Bill), Paulette Jiles (Simon the Fiddler), and Janie Chang (The Library of Legends). If you are a nonfiction reader, don't miss the hilarious new book (Open House) from Jane Christmas about the THIRTY TWO houses that she has bought and sold over the years! Can you imagine packing up your book collection that many times? 

We have limited quantities of three of the hottest ARCs on our Summer 2020 YA list- The Betrothed by Kiera Cass, Faith by Julie Murphy, and Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotungo. We also have some summer reads from Canadian authors Sarah Mlynowski (Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe), Toronto-based Wattpad star Alex Light (The Upside of Falling), and a debut fantasy inspired by a Polish fairy tale from Vancouver-based author Aleksandra Ross (Don't Call the Wolf) 

On the middle grade side, don't miss the new magical book from New Brunswick-based author Wendy McLeod MacKnight, The Copycat, and a Shakespeare inspired graphic novel from father-daughter team Jeremy and Hermione Tankard, Yorick and Bones

Hope to see you at the Expo! 


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Infused: Adventures in Tea

2020 is off to a bit of a rough start, so we could all use a steaming cup of tea and a dip into the history and culture of this beloved beverage. Written by Henrietta Lovell, tea expert and founder of the Rare Tea Company, Infused is halfway between armchair travel and a loving ode to the perfect brew, complete with recipes!

Lovell made an appearance on CBC's The Current, which you can listen to or read here. Pour yourself a cuppa and dive in!

Monday, January 27, 2020

OLA Superconference 2020 Author Signings- HarperCollins/Harlequin

Please be sure to visit the HarperCollins (732/734) and Harlequin (730) Booths at the OLA Superconference this week! 

We have some great authors signing throughout the day on Thursday and Friday, and lots of great ARC giveaways and contests in-booth!

Thursday, Jan 30th

 Friday, Jan 31st

Tune in tomorrow for a preview of some of the ARCs we'll have on hand at the HarperCollins booth!

Hope to see you at the conference!


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Child of Glass by Beatrice Alemagna

A tribute to strength and sensitivity, Child of Glass perfectly expresses our dual desires to embrace ourselves and to fit in. Italian author Beatrice Alemagna uses transparent pages and collage-like illustrations to bring her heroine to life in this poignant tale.

Resonating with many, the book has received a starred review in the School Library Journal, and was a 2019 NYT/NYPL Best Illustrated Children's Book.

Kirkus Reviews say it will "reach both small and older readers struggling to conceal, manage, and express complicated inner worlds."

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Highly Anticipated: DISFIGURED by Amanda Leduc

Coming on February 4th: DISFIGURED by Amanda Leduc is a challenging and affirming treatise on disability in fairy tales.

One of the Toronto Star's Twenty Books You Need to Know About In Spring 2020, DISFIGURED has also received a starred review in Library Journal, and author Leduc was interviewed for a piece in the Toronto Star. Leduc is the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Why We Can't Sleep by Ada Calhoun

Sandwiched between Boomers and Millennials are Gen X, a generation many say are underserved. In Ada Calhoun's new book, Why We Can't Sleep, she examines the mid-life crisis facing Gen X women, which she discussed on CBC's The Current.

A January Indie Next Pick and one of the New York Times' 10 Books to Watch for in January.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Award Winner: The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Making lots of 2019 round-ups is Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House. This touching, multigenerational memoir was highly anticipated, and that excitement was justified as it later won the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction and became a New York Times bestseller. Kirkus Reviews calls it, "A tribute to the multitude of stories one small home can contain." Available now!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Coming in January: The Shadow King!

Start 2020 off with a powerful novel about female strength: Maaza Mengiste's The Shadow King. Named one of The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2019, The Shadow King is set in Ethiopia around WWII as Mussolini’s army mobilizes for an invasion. Garnering praise from the likes of Salmon Rushdie, Marlon James, and Aminatta Forna, PW called it an "evocative, mesmerizing account of the role of women during wartime" in a starred review. Available from PGC on January 17th!

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel

Download the Classroom Activities here

Monday, November 25, 2019

We have a winner! A Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Everyone is Falling in Love with The Authenticity Project

Click on the below link to download a digital galley:

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Whodunit in the Library: Someone Keeps Hiding the Anti-Trump Books

A recent article in The New York Times tells a fascinating story of a public library in northern Idaho whose books about gun rights and President Trump keep wandering far from their correct spots on the shelves.

The latest works to be targeted cover a whole range of topics, from gun control and women’s suffrage to LGBTQ issues and the impact of misdemeanor prosecutions on people of color. About half the books specifically deal with President Trump.
Matthew Hamon for The New York Times

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lonely Planet's Top 10 Countries to Travel to in 2020

Lonely Planet has released their list of the top 10 countries to travel to in 2020, based on both sustainability and experience, among other factors. We won't spoil all the surprises and excitement for you, but there are a few destinations on here that you wouldn't expect! All of them, certainly, make you want to rush off to the nearest airport and buy a one-way ticket immediately.

Lonely Planet has also compiled a few more travel lists, grouped by cities, regions, and economic value.

Top 10 Cities: here

Top 10 Regions: here

Top 10 Value: here

Monday, November 11, 2019

Bad Dog

The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! 

In this hilarious new story from the illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frog, a little girl really, really wants a dog . . . but gets a cat instead!

Cat lovers and dog lovers alike will howl with laughter at this little girl's willful insistence that her cat is a dog. The hilarious ways in which cats and dogs are different are brilliantly illuminated with each turn of the page and will leave young readers and their grown-ups giggling.

Don't miss this hilarious Dewey Diva pick!

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Biblio File - An Amazing Bookish Podcast!

The Biblio File, hosted by Nigel Beale, is one of the world's leading podcasts on all things book-nerdy! In Nigel's own words, his podcast "features wide-ranging conversations with authors, poets, book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents and other certified bibliophiles". Recently, he sat down with Leslie Hurtig and Jan Walter to discuss, among other things, their experiences over the years in the Canadian book industry and the lasting impact that Leslie's father, Mel Hurtig, had on the industry.

Check out Nigel's interview with Leslie Hurtig & Jan Walter here

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Last week, climate change activist Great Thunberg appeared on Ellen. 

Ellen announced that her show has created a special section on EllenTube dedicated to Greta’s movement and climate change education.

The show will dedicate $100,000 to promoting the webpage, which includes a link to purchase Greta’s book NO ONE IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Monday, November 4, 2019

Green Eggs and Ham on Netflix!


will air on NETFLIX on November 8th

Based on the beloved book by Dr. Seuss, the new animated series follows opposites Guy and Sam as they venture out on a road trip to save an endangered animal from a far off zoo. Along the way they learn to try new things like hope, friendship, and a certain delectable dish!

Booknet Canada - Innovative Bookselling Podcast

The good data folks over at Booknet Canada have been putting out consistent podcasts for the past couple years that delve into all sorts of Book-Industry topics, hosted by the charming and knowledgeable Zalina Alvi. Recently, one of their podcasts focused on outside-the-box partnerships in book-selling, as well as innovative practices that several interviewed bookstore owners offer. But there's so much more! And if podcasts aren't for you, there's an entire transcript of the conversation to skim through.

Check out the podcast here:

Interested in more Booknet Canada podcasts? There's a whole bunch more here

Thursday, October 31, 2019

John Landis`s Favourite Monsters!

DK Publishing has put together a fabulous interview with John Landis, a revered film director, where he discusses all his favourite monsters in the history of cinema, just in time for Halloween! Of course, Mr. Landis has some esteemed experience in the horror genre, directing both the classic film An American Werewolf in London, and Michael Jackson`s `Thriller` music video, after Jackson saw the movie and was incredibly impressed. His list includes Frankenstein, King Kong, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, and other celebrated monsters in the history of film, coupled with insights both from Mr. Landis`s childhood memories and behind-the-scenes knowledge of how these films and their characters were brought to life on the big screen. Isn`t it so cool to learn where legendary creators take their inspiration from?

To read the full article, click the link here

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Booksellers Association: Leading the Climate Change Battle

BA urges trade to reduce environmental impact in green manifesto

On July 23rd, the Booksellers Association published an extensive Manifesto concerning the state of the environmental impact within the Book Industry. This Manifesto represents "part of [the BA's] ongoing commitment to reducing waste across its membership and throughout the supply chain". Extensive details on both their ideas to reduce waste and studies that include thousands of participants; details too innumerable to fit in this teensy little blog post!

To check out the BA Article, click here

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

"Pumpkinheads" Graphic Novel Trailer!

A collaboration for the ages! Bringing together Rainbow Rowell - the author of Fangirl and Elanor & Park, among other celebrated YA novels - and the beautiful illustrations of Faith Erin Hicks, who won the Eisner award for her work on The Adventures of Superhero Girl, the new graphic novel Pumpkinheads is a perfect fit for the fall season. If you want to read a quick review, check out this article by the Hollywood Reporter; if you're more the visual type, click the link below for a trailer!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Yellowknife's Book Cellar Celebrates 40 Years!

The CBC wrote a piece earlier in the month of August giving due praise to one of Canada's oldest indies, the Book Cellar in Yellowknife. They've been around for 40 years! The article's main interviewee was Judith Drinnan, a long-time owner who shares some of her joys and tribulations while noting that although she was due to retire shortly after the big anniversary, the Book Cellar is still going strong. 

You can read the full article here: