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10 Books to Read this Summer

by Melissa
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + YA Fiction / June 02, 2017


The books you need in your beach bag this summer.
 

Salt Houses

by Hala Alyan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: May 2, 2017
$37.00 cdn · 320 pages
9780544192588 · cl

A stunning debut that spans several generations, Salt Houses is a gorgeous story that explores family, displacement, and identity.

“Moving and beautifully written, Alyan's debut chronicles three generations of a Palestinian family as they face two life-altering displacements—the first after 1967's Six-Day War, and the second following Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait."Entertainment Weekly

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin

by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury

Available: May 2, 2017
$24.99 cdn · 720 pages
9781619634480 · cl

The highly-anticipated conclusion in the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin is the perfect summer read: featuring high political stakes, page-turning action, and a captivating romance, this novel will keep you glued to the edge of your beach chair!

“If you want juicy romance, badass women (and men too!), politics (not the boring kind), magic, and unforgettable characters, then pick up this series ASAP.”PopSugar

 

Fake Plastic Love

by Kimberley Tait
Flatiron Books

Available: May 9, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 352 pages
9781250093899 · cl / 9781250154965 · pb

Debut Canadian author Kimberley Tait tells a Gatsby-inspired coming-of-age tale about 4 millennials as they navigate life after college in Manhattan—an ideal read for when you’re laying poolside.

"With sweeping nods to Fitzgerald and other writers of the Gilded Age, Tait's debut novel sparkles with vitality and conscience … Fluid, graceful, and unfaltering prose highlights this remarkable novel; relatable characters and themes complete the package."Publishers Weekly

 

God-Shaped Hole

by Tiffanie DeBartolo
Sourcebooks

Available: May 16, 2017
$23.99 cdn · 416 pages
9781492646945 · pb

Rediscover the novel that inspires readers to live, and love, as vividly as possible with this 15th-anniversary reissue! This beautiful love story will sweep you away.

"With wit and humor, the author brings these characters and their quirky, artsy friends alive. Bottom Line: You'll dig it"People Magazine

 

Come Sundown

by Nora Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Available: May 30, 2017
$38.99 cdn · 480 pages
9781250123077 · cl

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has a new novel on the horizon for you to fall in love with this summer! Written with Nora Roberts’ deft hand, the romance and suspense will keep you flipping pages until sundown.

“Roberts always tells a good story that balances romance and suspense, but in this title, the narrative is deeper, the mystery is more layered, and with Alice, Roberts moves into another level of exploring physical and emotional trauma and the powerful balm of family and love. [Roberts] is moving into more complex and darker storytelling, to terrific effect."Kirkus starred review

 

Blackout

by Marc Elsberg
Sourcebooks

Available: June 6, 2017
$37.99 cdn cl / $24.95 cdn pb · 320 pages
9781492654414 · cl / 9781492658337 · pb

Looking for a thrilling read while you’re soaking up some rays? Pick up Blackout by Marc Elsberg! This terrifyingly plausible debut about an international hacker attack is sure to capture your attention.

"Fast, tense, thrilling - and timely: this will happen one day. Highly recommended." Lee Child

 

The People We Hate at the Wedding

by Grant Ginder
Flatiron Books

Available: June 6, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 336 pages
9781250095206 · cl / 9781250154910 · pb

Summer is wedding season, so before you attend your next nuptials, make sure to check out this hilarious and entertaining novel about a dysfunctional family gathering together for a wedding, and the problems that ensue.

"Witty and completely absorbing, The People We Hate at the Wedding is family dysfunction at its best— full of heart, humor, and jealous siblings. This novel is addicting and entertaining and I couldn't put it down!" –Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author ofGirls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls

 

The Fourth Monkey

by J.D. Barker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 27, 2017
$37.00 cdn · 416 pages
9780544968844 · cl

“Se7en” meets “The Silence of the Lambs” in this dark and fast-paced novel from J.D. Barker which follows an investigator as he races to find the final victim of a terrifying serial killer before it’s too late. This one will have you sleeping with the lights on!

"Bram Stoker Award finalist Barker ingeniously blends horrific images into a bizarre plotline to create this devilishly dark thriller." Library Journal

 

The Breakdown

by B.A. Paris
St. Martin's Press

Available: July 18, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 336 pages
9781250122469 · cl / 9781250153029 · pb

From New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris comes another unforgettable, suspenseful read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Publishers Weekly’s starred review calls it “another first-rate psychological thriller!”

"This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris' 2016 best-seller debut Behind Closed Doors; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list." Booklist starred review

 

Glass Houses

by Louise Penny
Minotaur

Available: August 29, 2017
$33.99 cdn · 400 pages
9781250066190 · cl

#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louise Penny is a master of mysteries, and her latest installment in the Chief Inspector Gamache Novel series will not disappoint! In Glass Houses, Gamache will confront new trials and face his own conscience. In a book that pushes the boundaries of the genre, Louise Penny’s latest can’t be missed.


#PlayTestShare: Spring Break!

by Melissa
Kids / March 07, 2017

It’s time for another #PlayTestShare! Chronicle, Twirl and Princeton have developed a reputation for quality books, games and colouring books that inspire creativity and imagination for kids of all ages.  And with Spring Break around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to send our favourites to enthusiastic bloggers and book reviewers to play, test and share with their readers!

Check out their reviews during the week ahead and enter to win one of ten offerings at any of these participating blogs: My Little House of Treasures, British Columbia Mom, Frugal Mom Eh, Book Time, Our Happy Place, 3 Plus a Bunny, Fab Book Reviews, The Mommy Mix, Quillable, Working Mommy Journal, Glimpse Reviews, Discovering Parenthood, MBA Mama Musings, and Kinderlit.

Tag us @RaincoastBooks and use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites!

Contest runs from March 9 to March 16.

#PlayTestShare Picks for Spring Break 2017:

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo

A classic family-friendly game gets revved up with a winning combination of construction vehicles and farm animals, featuring artwork from the picture book Old MacDonald Had a Truck. With six illustrated, double-sided game boards plus a set of colorful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site--this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there's nothing they can't do!

Quicktionary

Introducing a new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night.

642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s and Artist’s Edition

A new offering in the wildly popular 642 series, this unique journal encourages young creators to dive deep into the subject they know best-themselves! Packed with quirky, thought-provoking, and imaginative drawing and writing prompts, this journal a fun way for kids to document their lives, jump-start their creative talent, and produce a memorable keepsake-or the first draft of their bestselling memoir.

TouchThinkLearn Fly!

A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable-and movable-characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings.

Space Playing Cards
Featuring Photos from Nasa Archives

Launch into your favorite card games while immersing yourself in deep space! Each playing card features extraordinary NASA photography and two Pantone colors on beautifully designed card backs. Includes a complete 52-card playing deck, plus 2 jokers.

Birds of the World

A beautifully illustrated guide that introduces aspiring ornithologists to fun facts through a range of coloring activities, removable stickers, and a short quiz. In the process, children learn about the rich variety of birds living in our world, including nightingales, swallows, hummingbirds, pelicans, penguins, parrots, toucans, and flamingos, and many more.

Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book

This fresh new coloring book renders foxes, birds, hedgehogs, and more with a prismatic look that makes them as cool to display as they are pleasing to color. With just the right level of detail, these unique designs can easily be completed in one sitting if so desired, but those who want a more involved coloring session can opt for a 3-dimensional look-and make these animals leap off the page.

Ultimate Book of Cities

Featuring 59 flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs and movable parts, this all-you-need-to-know guide provides detailed information about what makes a city tick: from the different ways of getting around and what goes on in all the big buildings, to what traffic signs mean and who are all the people who keep the city in tip-top shape!

Towering Tree Puzzle

Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!


22 Rep Picks to Read this Spring

by Brooke Kosty
Animals & Nature + Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Food & Drink + Graphica + Home & Garden + Humour + Kids + Picture Books + Psychology & Self-Help + Travel + YA Fiction / February 20, 2017



A new year means new books and we've got all of the recommendations you could possibly need! Kick the year off right with these hand-picked selections for the early spring season!
 

Dani Farmer

This Is That
by Chris Kelly, Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring
"Sometimes this great country of ours seems a little too good to be true. You, being Canadian, already know the wonders of Flin Flon’s tropical beaches and how to portage the Rideau Canal (with or without a protective toque) but there may be people in your life that don’t. Thankfully, the This is That: Travel Guide to Canada is both hilarious and faux-informative. You’ve heard the show on CBC, now let it guide you through our magnificent nation!"
 
The River
by Marc Martin
"Ever since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of sailing down a long and winding river, watching the jungles or forests or cities pass me by as I make my way to a faraway sea. I don’t know how, but Marc Martin managed to bring my childish imagining to reality. I only wish I could fall into its lush pages for real!"
 
 

Ali Hewitt

Unf*ck Your Habitat
by Rachel Hoffman
"You have until January to make room on your bookshelf for the only housekeeping and organizational book that acknowledges that you might not even remember what your bookshelf looks like under all that stuff you’ve piled on it. Or possibly even where your bookshelf is."
 
XO, OX
by Adam Rex, illustrated by Scott Campbell
"In this charming epistolary picture book, you and Gazelle will both fall in love with lovelorn Ox. A winner for sure!"

 

Judy Parker

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
by Kathleen Rooney
"We Canadians are lucky enough to have an afforable trade paper edition of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. Lillian is a one of a kind character — an 85 year old Manhattanite who worked in the “Mad Men” era of advertising and who is walking across the rundown Manhattan of 1984. In one novel (and one walk) the reader gets a glimpse into a life that traversed the century and into the city that shaped her.”
 
Caraval
by Stephanie Garber
"The promise of a new fantasy novel with an original magical world, an intense and unbreakable sisterly bond and a mesmerizing romance hooked me immediately. Rights have been sold in over 25 countries, film rights were pre-empted and the early reads and reviews are spectacular. Caraval has all the hallmarks of being a sensation!"
 
 

Lorna MacDonald

Letters to a Young Muslim
by Saif Ghobash
"This is a highly readable manifesto for young Muslims written as informal letters by Saif Ghobash, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Russia. Ghobash explores what it means to be a Muslim in today’s changing world; he seeks to make sense of the violent nature of extreme Islam and separate it from the moderate Islam embraced by the majority of Muslims today. How can moderate Muslims unite and find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world?"
 
The Edge of Everything
by Jeff Giles
"In this sci-fi fantasy debut, the first of a new series, 17 year old Zoe, reeling from her father’s sudden death and her neighbour’s mysterious disappearance, is brutally attacked and then rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter called 'X.' X is from a hell called the Lowlands and has been sent to capture the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker. As Zoe and X learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past and their fate. Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) found this novel, 'Gripping, utterly original, beautifully written.' Now that is an endorsement!"

 

Saffron Beckwith

Terms and Conditions
by Robert Sikoryak
"Wow! What an entirely crazy and brilliant concept. Sikoryak makes one of the most boring documents on the planet unputdownable."
 
The Night I Followed the Dog (new in trade paper)
by Nina Laden
"I loved this book when it first came out and 20 years later it is more awesome than ever!"
 
 

Ryan Muscat

An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist
by Nick Middleton
"The Principality of Sealand was declared in 1967 on an unused air defence platform in the North Sea, about 12 kilometres off the coast of England. It has a population of 27, issues stamps, coins, licence plates, passports, has a national anthem, has been invaded, and fields a football team. It is not a real country. Find out about Sealand and dozens of other non-existent countries with no diplomatic recognition in An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist. The book is a beautifully illustrated and fascinating compendium of weird and wonderful places, and is a perfect gift for friends and family from Christiania to Moreset to Circassia."
 
Noisy Night
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Brian Biggs
"Have you ever wondered who’s making the noises you hear coming from the apartments above you? Mac Barnett, the king of the children’s picture book, has the answers in Noisy Night: sheep, opera singers, babies, and others. This fun book, beautifully illustrated in split-level spreads by Brian Biggs, is a fantastic read-along picture book for little kids."
 
 

Jenny Enriquez

The World's Best Spicy Food (2nd edition)
by Lonely Planet
"Embark on a culinary journey and explore spicy food from all over the world — then make them at home with the 100 recipes included! Because who doesn’t love food and travel? This book seamlessly combines the best of both worlds and is perfect for foodies and those afflicted with wanderlust."
 
The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco
"The first book is a new YA dark fantasy series from Rin Chupeco! You’ll find lots of necromancy, magic, and witches within these pages. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sara Raasch, and Garth Nix’s The Old Kingdom series."
 
 

Laurie Martella

The Forgetting Time (new in trade paper)
by Sharon Guskin
"The Forgetting Time is not a book that can easily be forgotten. It stays with you. It haunts you with thoughts of the after-life. I found myself so engaged with this mother’s quest to do whatever she could to help her son, who did not fully belong to her alone. Chilling. Compelling. Read it!"
 
Frankie
by Mary Sullivan
"Frankie will charm you. Through few words, and speech bubbles, much is expressed about building a new friendship, and learning to share.”
 
Cheryl Fraser
 

Bites on a Board
by Anni Daulter
"A perfect book to show you how to impress your guests with creative food served on unique cutting boards."
 
C is for Canada
by Trish Madson, illustrated by David M. Miles
"A great book for little ones to learn about Canada on our 150th birthday. A perfect addition to a Canadian’s list."
 
 
Karen Stacey
 

Birds of Prey
by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. Karlson
"Stunning photography, well documented and invaluable information — Birds of Prey is a superb book for all book lovers and any popular nature collection. This is much more than an identification guide. It discusses raptor ecology, behavior, conservation, and more. Another great addition to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s valued collection in the field of ornithology."
 
Max
by Sarah Cohen-Scali
"A must read for 14+ and adults. Originally published in France, the subject matter is WW2 Germany and the Lebensborn project, creating and defining a 'pure race.' Unlike The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, our young protagonist is not an innocent; he has been bred and trained to be the prototype of the 'exceptional people' — pure evil. The wonder of this novel and its extraordinary writing is it allows you to understand and grow to love him against all your instincts to despise him. A disturbing, thoughtful and important book for anyone interested in history, fine writing and the wish to understand a perspective other than our own. Compulsive reading, impeccably researched and utterly disturbing."
 
 
Morgen Young
 

In the Great Green Room
by Amy Gary
"Like so many parents before me, I read Goodnight Moon to my son daily, and still have most of it committed to memory. How amazing it is to find out that Margaret Wise Brown was so vivacious, creative and ground-breaking! 70 years after its original publication, we finally get to learn the details of this force to be reckoned with."
 
Mosquitoes Can't Bite Ninjas
by Jordan P. Novak
"A hilarious debut that captures the playfulness of childhood and the aggravation of mosquitoes! I have been looking for the secret to beating those little pests, and I finally have it! A perfect way to distract and retract from those annoying little bugs that buzz in all our ears."
 

Top 30 Book Covers of 2016

by Brooke Kosty
Fiction + Food & Drink + Kids + Politics + YA Fiction / December 20, 2016

 

Take a look at some of our favourite cover designs from the last year!

 

Virgin and Other Stories
by April Ayers Lawson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
 

Hurt People
by Cote Smith
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Beautiful Bureaucrat
by Helen Phillps
Picador

 

Cannibals in Love
by Mike Roberts
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Ramshackle Ode
by Keith Leonard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

The Imperial Wife
by Irina Reyn
St. Martin's Press

 

The Good Lieutenant
by Whitney Terrell
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders
Tor

 

Vinegar Socks
by Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer
Hardie Grant

 

The Other Me
by Saskia Sarginson
Flatiron Books

 

The Guineveres
by Sarah Domet
Flatiron Books

 

Future Sex
by Emily Witt
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

American Philosophy
by John Kaag
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

We Gon' Be Alright
by Jeff Chang
Picador

 

If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo
Flatiron Books

 

Change Your Mind
by Rod Judkins
Hardie Grant

 

Green Kitchen Smoothies
by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Hardie Grant

 

Spoon
by Annie Morris and Johnny Shimmin
Hardie Grant

 

Children of the New World
by Alexander Weinstein
Picador

 

The 100 Year Miracle
by Ashley Ream
Flatiron Books

 

The Lonely City
by Olivia Laing
Picador

 

Mr. Splitfoot
by Samantha Hunt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet
by H.P. Wood
Sourcebooks

 

Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt & Co

 

The Night Parade
by Kathryn Tanquary
Sourcebooks

 

The Moravian Night
by Peter Handke
Krishna Winston

 

Cabo de Gata
by Eugen Ruge
Graywolf

 

The Lost Time Accidents
by John Wray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

With Malice
by Eileen Cook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

A Wife of Noble Character
by Yvonne Georgina Puig
Henry Holt & Co

 


24 Rep Picks to Read this Fall

by Brooke Kosty
Art & Photography + Biography & Memoir + Essays + Fiction + Food & Drink + Graphica + Humour + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / October 03, 2016



Fall is here! And fall = not feeling guilty about staying in all weekend with your books. So if you're ready to curl up with a blanket and a good read, but not sure which book to pair with your pumpkin spice beverage, let some of the pros help you out with some of their favourite books of the fall season.
 

Judy Parker

The Guineveres
by Sarah Domet
"I am eagerly anticipating The Guineveres. The editors at Flatiron Books have not yet let me down as they have introduced me to new voices and new stories in the past. Debut author Domet’s story of the complicated nature of female friendship is already receiving early rave reviews, including a comparison to The Virgin Suicides. I can’t wait!"
 
Waiting for Snow
by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Renata Liwska
"Despite complaints about long winters, we prairie people love the first snow! Waiting for Snow charmingly reflects the excitement and impatience of children waiting for those first snowflakes. Renata Liwska’s adorable illustrations of the cast of animals coming together to try to make it snow and learning that everything happens in its own time are spot on. This is a wonderful celebration of snow and an ode to the virtues of patience!"

 

Dani Farmer

Bad Girls Throughout History
by Ann Shen
"I’m a fan of any book that puts historical figures like Ada Lovelace alongside modern heroines like Malala Yousafzai. These 100 women deserve to be remembered for challenging the establishment with their politics, innovations and talents; after all, in the immortal words of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, 'Bitches get stuff done.'”
 
Vassa in the Night
by Sarah Porter
"Urban fantasy and Russian folklore make for page-turning magic when Brooklyn is plunged into darkness and Baba Yaga is to blame."
 
 

Ryan Muscat

We Gon' Be Alright
by Jeff Chang
"Jeff Chang is one of America’s most astute cultural observers, and in We Gon’ Be Alright, he turns his attention to race in America in light of police killings of unarmed civilians, Ferguson, and Black Lives Matter. Chang is the acclaimed author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation, and Who We Be. Built around a central essay on Ferguson and the killing of Michael Brown, We Gon’ Be Alright is an impassioned and charged look at the most contentious issues in the current discussion of race in America."
 
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
"In what’s sure to be an instant classic in the vein of Ramona Quimby, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness is a sweet and heartwarming story about a precocious and sassy young girl trying to be the best fifth grader ever, in order to show her absent mother what she’ll be missing if she leaves town. This is a masterful debut novel for Kate Beasley, and the book is also filled with gorgeous illustrations by the fantastic Toronto cartoonist Jillian Tamaki, a Governor General’s Award and Caldecott-winning veteran."
 
 

Laurie Martella

The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict
"This is the untold story of Mileva Maric Einstein, a brilliant math scholar and Albert Einstein’s first wife. It’s the subject of debate just how much scientific contribution she had made to her husband’s famous works. A little more recognition would be nice."
 
The Trap (new in trade paper)
by Steven Arntson
"It’s A Wrinkle in Time set in the 1960s, small town Iowa. A sci-fi mystery that has four friends who travel through the “subtle plane” (sound familiar?) and discover that they are not the only ones with this amazing ability to have out-of-body experiences. Fun middle grade read!"

 

Lorna MacDonald

Table Manners
by Jeremiah Tower, illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg
"An entertaining and practical guide to manners for everyone and every occasion by Jeremiah Tower — a larger than life celebrity chef and food entrepreneur. Tower has advice on everything: food allergies, RSVPs, iPhones, running late, thank-yous, restaurant etiquette, even what to do when you are served something disgusting. Witty design and line drawings, couples with practical bits of advice make this an ideal gift for anyone of any age. This is Strunk & White for the table."
 
The Storybook Knight
by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty
"From the author illustrator team who brought us the best-selling Snatchabook, The Storybook Knight celebrates the power of reading and the love of a good book. Leo is a gentle knight — a reader not a fighter. But his parents want him to battle griffins and trolls and slay dragons. Leo sets out on a quest with a sword and a shield and plenty of books. He manages to tame a number of unruly beasts in his own way — through the power of a good story. Written in rhyming text and richly illustrated, this is a story to delight children and parents alike."
 
 

Saffron Beckwith

Small Victories
by Julia Turshen, foreword by Ina Garten
"This is a fantastic book filled with tricks and tips and more importantly, yummy things to eat!"
 
The Odyssey: A BabyLit Monsters Primer
by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver
"What a great addition to this awesome series... finally I can get all those mythical creatures straight!"
 
 

Jenny Enriquez

Mooncop
by Tom Gauld
"I absolutely loved Tom Gauld’s Goliath so I’m very excited for Mooncop, the story of the last policeman on the moon. This may be a sci-fi tale, but at its core it’s a very human story about looking to connect with others that’s perfect for both sci-fi fans and the general reader."
 
Bunny Slopes
by Claudia Rueda
"This very entertaining interactive picture book is like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, but with an adorable skiing bunny! Tilt, turn, and shake the book to help Bunny make it down the hill and avoid dangerous obstacles. Lots o’ fun!"
 
 

 Karen Beattie

Ont-Pot Pasta
by Sabrina Fauda-Role
"This cookbook is the answer to every exhausted-at-the-end-of-the-day person’s dreams. Find 1 pot. Put the simple and few ingredients into the pot. Cook this pot over a medium heat for 15 minutes. Let pot rest off the heat for 5 minutes. Pour yourself a glass of wine and dinner is ready. No kidding! The design is fresh and hip with each recipe shown in arty before and after full colour photos. The yummy solution for workweek meals."
 
Other-Wordly
by Yee-Lum Mak, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
"Here’s this season’s gift book for word nerds: an illustrated collection of words and definitions for unexpected things — like the sunlight that filters thru’ the leaves of trees. The illustrations are done in a dreamy palette of soft pinks, greys and blues, giving this wee gem a wistful vibe."
 
 
Cheryl Fraser
 

The Travel Book
by Lonely Planet
"With 800 new images in this third edition, The Travel Book features images from every country in the world. A perfect gift for anyone curious about the world. The interior pictures are compelling and the updated cover demands that you pick up this beautiful edition."
 
Busy Builders: Airport
by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
"A book, and airport set and model pieces — what a great way to start a trip, or just learn about busy airports. Little travelers can read all they need to know about airports on the plane, and have a total entertainment package when they arrive at their destination."
 
 

Ali Hewitt

A Beauty Collected
by Rachel Garahan
"Graceful and meditative, the abecedarium of photos for adults encourages all of us to find the beauty in the natural world."
 
Muddle & Mo
by Nikki Slade Robinson 
"This charmingly illustrated picture book shows what happens when you realize that your friend isn’t the same as you. Fortunately Muddle and Mo learn that even though one is a duck, and the other a goat, they can still be best friends!"
 
 
Karen Stacey
 

The Other Paris (new in trade paper)
by Luc Sante
"The Other Paris is a cross between Brassai’s and Bresson’s world, albeit a slightly grittier side of Parisian life; the cabarets, the bohemian world, the darker side of the city of lights. With vivid narration, impeccable research and an aesthete’s taste for anecdotes, Luc Sante’s newest collection will intrigue. Highly recommended for all history and culture collections."
 
How Cities Work
by Lonely Planet
"For fans of David McAuley’s How Things Work, another fabulous book for kids (ages 6+) to discover the inner workings of their world!"
 
 
Scott Fraser
 

The African Svelte
by Daniel Menaker, illustrated by Roz Chast
"An illustrated collection of malapropisms, eggcorns, and unintentional wit, sure to please all lovers of language."
 
Apocalypse Bow Wow
by James Proimos
"Many dog parents wonder what their fur babies get up to when they’re not home. But what if there were no humans around at all? The dogs in Apocalypse Bow Wow are learning to live in a world without people. What will they do now that they’re the leaders of the pack?"
 

#PlayTestShare: Family Game Night Will Never Be the Same!

by Melissa
Kids / September 07, 2016

The creative teams at Chronicle Books and Laurence King have delivered another great selection of entertaining games and colouring books bound to become favourites on Family Game Night. Your teens will set aside their smart phones for the thought-provoking Listography. To the Ocean Deep is filled with the most absorbing images, and bonus!—it’s 15 feet long so squabbling siblings can colour at opposite ends. And Cat Bingo? It’s meow-ve-lous! 

There are nine terrific offerings and we’re putting them through the toughest test of all: Satisfying the discerning eyes, hearts and minds of Canadian parent bloggers!

Check out their reviews and enter to win your choice of two items at any of these participating blogs: British Columbia Mom, Discovering Parenthood, Fab Book Reviews, Frugal Mom Eh!, Glimpse Reviews, The Koala Mom, Life on a Canadian Island, My Little House of Treasures, The Pampered Baby, and Quillable.ca.

The #PlayTestShare giveaway will run from September 12 to 20th.  Use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites and let the games begin!

Alain Grée Animals Matching Game
It's an animal menagerie! Kids will delight in this classic matching game, featuring the timeless art of beloved French picture book illustrator Alain Grée. It's the perfect opportunity to identify favorite animals, and to discover new ones. Large, sturdy cards are ideal for small hands, and the game play of discovering 18 different animals builds memory, concentration, and matching skills.

Punch Out & Play Game Book
One book, so many ways to play! Acclaimed artist and designer Laura Ljungkvist invites children to punch out 10 different puzzles and 13 classic games, such as Memory, Go Fish, and Dominoes. Packed with fun, graphic artwork, a variety of games, and plenty of colorful envelopes for easy storage, this book provides hours of play for kids of all ages—all in an attractively priced package.

Cat Bingo
A beautifully illustrated bingo game featuring 64 breeds of cat from around the world. Spot all kinds of cats—from Tonkinese to Siamese, and from Bengals to Birmans—mark them off on your card and BINGO!

642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition
This new oversized journal is packed with peculiar and provocative prompts that encourage young writers to think BIG. Whether imagining big objects or pondering big ideas, budding writers will find this HUGELY entertaining book of prompts the perfect tool for kick-starting their ENORMOUS creative potential—and perhaps their next EPIC masterpiece.

Members of the Raincoast marketing team, disguised to elude capture, slipped away from their desks to play a round of Za Za Zoom!

 

Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination
One part matching game, one part dominoes, plus loads and loads of fun, this game is both a clever challenge to hone memory skills and a make-your-own visual adventure of colorful play pieces. With the tour-de-force inventiveness—which fuels his already-classics Press Here, Mix It Up!, and Let's Play!—Herve Tullet's open-ended game stimulates creative thinking and fosters imagination.

To the Ocean Deep
Climb down to the depths of the ocean in this amazing fold-out coloring book, the longest in the world! Color an amazing tower, all the way from a boat bobbing in the waves, past sea dragons, mermaids, aqua robots, and sharks, to reach the deep ocean floor. Hours of fun for coloring enthusiasts of all ages.

Missing Socks Go Fish Card Game
Experience the classic Go Fish card game in a sock-inspired way! The perennial post-laundry problem of the search for the missing sock becomes a playful quest to collect the most pairs of sock-shaped cards. Forty cards feature an array of bright colors and patterns that will encourage young players to learn new words and hone concentration skills while they play.

Fantastic Collections
In this newest coloring book by the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald uses his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to color.

Listography: The Game
A new twist on the bestselling Listography journal series (almost 900,000 titles sold), this game invites players to create and share lists based on fun and thought-provoking topics—from geography and pop culture to toothpaste and constellations! With the goal of being the first around the game board, players score points according to the number of similar or unique answers. Every round in the game results in creative thinking, surprise outcomes, and lots of laughs.


Meet the Scott Brothers from W Network’s Property Brothers!

by Alisha
Events + Home & Garden / August 08, 2016

The stars of W Network's Property Brothers are coming home! Maple Ridge twins Jonathan and Drew Scott are back in town for two events this August. Don't miss your chance to meet the twins as they greet fans and sign copies of their bestselling book Dream Home

Upcoming Events
Chapters Metrotown • Friday, August 19 at 6PM
Click here for details.

Black Bond Books • Sunday, August 21 at 2PM
Click here for details.

Dream Home

Dream Home
The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House
Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
9780455715677 • $42.00 cl

"It's about time these guys published a book! In Dream Home, Drew and Jonathan Scott prove to be an authority on all things related to the home space. It's very informative, easy to navigate, and answers all the questions for those looking to fix or find their perfect home. Drew and Jonathan's personalities shine throughout, giving the guide a fun energy while also providing relatable advice and solutions for the homeowner."—Rachael Ray

Click here to read an excerpt!



10 Books to Read this Summer

by Brooke Kosty
Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + YA Fiction / July 07, 2016


The books you need in your beach bag this summer.
 

Truly Madly Guilty

by Liane Moriarty
Flatiron Books

Available: July 26, 2016
$34.99 cdn · 432 pages
9781250069795 · cl

Selected as Entertainment Weekly's "Best Beach Bet," this is the new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot and recent Reese Witherspoon productions recruit. It explores the aftermath of a summer barbeque gone wrong, and how sometimes we don't appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it's too late. 

"The author of Big Little Lies doing what she does best: unraveling people's public selves with an urgency that keeps you reading." - Glamour Magazine
 

The Weekenders

by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press

Available: May 17, 2016
$38.99 cdn cl / $20.99 cdn pb · 464 pages
9781250065940 · cl / 9781250109729 · pb

Told with Mary Kay Andrews's trademark blend of humour and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can't help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.

"This book has all the makings of a beach read… The perfect blend of drama, humor, intrigue, and just a touch of murder." - Bustle

 

Behind Closed Doors

by B. A. Paris
St. Martin's Press

Available: August 9, 2016
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 304 pages
9781250121004 · cl / 9781250122162 · pb

Already a blockbuster bestseller in the UK and now an Indie Next Pick for August, this story of a seemingly perfect marriage is being coined as the psychological thriller you can't miss!

"A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive.… A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night." - Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

 

With Malice 

by Eileen Cook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 7, 2016
$25.99 cdn · 320 pages
9780544805095 · cl

For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive, psychological YA thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the fatal and mysterious accident during her study abroad in Italy.

"Cinematic scene breaks and propulsive reveals will keep the pages furiously turning in this slow-burning but explosive thriller." - Booklist starred review

 

All Is Not Forgotten

by Wendy Walker
St. Martin's Press

Available: June 30, 2016
$37.99 cdn cl / $23.99 cdn pb · 320 pages
9781250097910 · cl / 9781250119681 · pb

An Indie Next Pick for July and another Reese Witherspoon scoop, All Is Not Forgotten is a powerful, psychological novel that takes on a controversial treatment that erases the memories of trauma victims, and all that can come to light when the past is trying to be recovered.

"Captivating and bold, Wendy 
Walker takes an incisive look at the importance of memory and the power of manipulation. Fascinating and at times shocking, All Is Not Forgotten is one book you won't easily forget. Not to be missed!" -Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl

 

The Square Root of Summer

by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Roaring Brook

Available: April 22, 2016
$24.99 cdn · 304 pages
9781626723733 · cl

A stunning debut YA novel that the New York Times calls a "delectable romance," The Square Root of Summer follows Gottie's journey through love, loss, and even time travel.

"Novelist Harriet Reuter Hapgood's electric YA debut, The Square Root of Summer, reminds us that time is a healer." - Buzzfeed

 

Marrow Island

by Alexis M. Smith
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 7, 2016
$33.00 cdn · 256 pages
9780544373419 · cl

The sleeper hit of the summer, Marrow Island has been selected as an Indie Next Pick for June, one of Bookriot's Most Anticipated Books of 2016, and by a long list of publications as a feature on their summer reading lists. The new novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Glaciers, Marrow Island tracks a young woman's return home to investigate a secretive community that has mysteriously rescued an island devastated by natural and chemical disaster - as well as taken hold of one of her oldest friends.

"Smith's excellent command of language gives life to arresting characters and their creepy surroundings, keeping the suspense in this dark environmental thriller running high."- Elle Magazine's "19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About"

 

Everybody Behaves Badly

by Lesley M. M. Blume
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 7, 2016
$39.00 cdn · 352 pages
9780544276000 · cl

For anyone craving a non-fiction summer read, this biography follows the captivating Ernest Hemingway and the true story behind his masterpiece The Sun Also Rises.

"[A] must-read.. In Lesley M.M. Blume's latest release, escape to the real-life world of Hemingway's groundbreaking piece of modern literature, The Sun Also Rises. The boozy, rowdy nights in Paris, the absurdities at Pamplona's Running of the Bulls and the hungover brunches of the true Lost Generation come to life in this intimate look at the lives of the author's expatriate comrades." - Harper's Bazaar

 

The Children

by Ann Leary
St. Martin's Press

Available: May 13, 2016
$37.99 cdn · 256 pages
9781250045379 · cl

From New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary comes the captivating story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet.

"[Leary's] characters are a delightful blend of strong personalities, all with their own little touch of delicious evil, and her darkly comic send-ups of New England wealth, nouveau riche, and Internet culture should keep readers absorbed until the final, most shocking secrets are revealed." - Publishers Weekly

 

I've Got Sand In All the Wrong Places 

by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
St. Martin's Press

Available: July 12, 2016
$30.99 cdn · 320 pages
9781250059956 · cl

If you're looking for a light and humourous beach read, Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. 

"The perfect book to pass from mother to daughter." - Booklist on the previous book in the series, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?


Oprah’s New Cookbook

by Brooke Kosty
Food & Drink / June 16, 2016

Flatiron Books has announced that the first book to launch Oprah's new imprint will be a cookbook called Food, Health and Happiness: "On Point" Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life, on sale January 3, 2017.

The book will "discuss her lifelong relationship with food and share recipes for the meals she loves." This will be the first title in her as yet-unnamed publishing imprint, which is expected to release several non-fiction titles a year, personally chosen by Oprah.

In her announcement of the book Winfrey said, “In the past several months on Weight Watchers, I have worked with wonderful chefs to make healthier versions of my favorite meals. When people come to my house for lunch or dinner, the number one thing they ask is, ‘How is this so delicious and still healthy?’ So I decided to answer that question with recipes everyone can enjoy.” 

Flatiron Books had previously announced that Winfrey's memoir, The Life You Want, would be the first title to launch the imprint, but the memoir is currently on hold and its release will be pushed back while Winfrey continues to work on the book.

Read the full press release here!


May Long Weekend Must-Haves

by Alisha
Food & Drink / May 20, 2016

Fire up the grill this May Long Weekend with these must-have BBQ books.

   

Weber's New American Barbecue

by Jamie Purviance
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: 05/03/16
8.68 x 10.92 · 304 pages
9780544715271
CDN $34.99 · pb

Through stories and essays, hundreds of photos, crystal-clear techniques, and 100 exceptional and fool-proof recipes, Weber's New American Barbecue™ celebrates what's happening at the grill today. From chefs creating new classics to everyday backyard heroes melding flavors to pitmasters setting new standards of excellence at competitions, this book explores the delicious evolution of our true American pastime-barbecue.

 

Meathead

Meathead

by Meathed Goldwyn
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: 05/10/16
8.45 x 10.28 · 400 pages
9780544018464
CDN $50.00 · cl

For succulent results every time, nothing is more crucial than understanding the science behind the interaction of food, fire, heat, and smoke. This is the definitive guide to the concepts, methods, equipment, and accessories of barbecue and grilling. The founder and editor of the world's most popular BBQ and grilling website, AmazingRibs.com, Meathead" Goldwyn applies the latest research to backyard cooking and 118 thoroughly tested recipes.

 

Grilling with House of Q

Grilling with House of Q 

by BBQ Brian Misko
Figure 1 Publishing
Available: 02/23/15
8.1 x 9.54 · 192 pages
9781927958100
CDN $24.95 · pb

BBQ Brian has spent more than a decade smoking and grilling foods, competing against other pit masters and learning from some of the best in the business. And not only does he regularly win awards for his barbecue and House of Q BBQ sauces, but he’s now one of the most sought-after teachers around. Why? Because he tells a great story, makes learning fun and easy and freely shares his recipes and his love of good food. 

 

Flavorize

Flavorize 

by Ray "Dr BBQ" Lampe
Chronicle Books
Available: 04/21/15
7.38 x 8.3 · 192 pages
9781452125305
CDN $32.95 · cl

In his latest lip-smackin' cookbook, Dr. BBQ shows how to dress up meat, vegetables, and fruits with 120 brand-new recipes for tantalizing marinades, mouthwatering injections, savory brines, flavorful rubs, delectable glazes, and full recipes for what to make with them. Whether folks want to test their talents at the grill or whip up a stove-top dinner, these flavor-enhancing recipes will take every meal to the next level.


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