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24 Rep Picks to Read this Fall

by Brooke
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
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
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.


26 Rep Picks to Read this Spring

by Brooke
Art & Photography + Fiction + Food & Drink + Graphica + Humour + Picture Books + YA Fiction / May 04, 2016



Looking for something to read this spring? In a reading slump? Let some of the pros help you out with some of their favourite books of the season.
 

Cheryl Fraser

Spill Simmer Falter Wither
by Sara Baume
"A man and a dog — a who-rescues-who tale told in a beautiful language over four seasons. An absolute must read."
 
If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo
"A great teen intro to the topic that left me both afraid for, and proud of, the main
character Amanda. A very honest approach to a very topical subject. This should
be read by all teens and their parents."

 

Dani Farmer

Literary Starbucks
by Nora Anderson Katz, Wilson Isaac Josephson, and Jill Madeline Poskanzer
"What would your favourite author or character order to drink at their local Starbucks? Who would be the most frustrating person to stand behind in line? (Definitely Hamlet.) I am a huge fan of the blog that inspired the book and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy for myself!"
 
D Is For Dress Up
by Maria Carluccio
"Celebrate just how fun clothes and dressing up can be with a cast of culturally diverse boys and girls. This is a great, modern twist on the classic ABC book with pages like 'Y is for Yoga Pants' that both kids and adults can get behind. Plus the art is fantastic!"
 

 Laurie Martella

The Book of Speculation (new in trade paper)
by Erika Swyler
"The Book of Speculation is magical. A book revolving around the circus, historical family sagas, and a mysterious antiquarian bookseller would be magical, of course. But this book had me bewitched with its quirky characters and their quirky house that is literally falling off of a cliff. Nothing to speculate — this is a fantastic read!"
 
Gena/Finn
by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
"Gena/Finn is a book for digitally-minded young adults. It is a story of friendship between two young girls, written with varied forms of electronic communication, such as instant messaging, emails, and blogs. Good for a reluctant reader, and for the lover of fan fiction. This book is a fun read, it’s relatable to teens, and it’s a unique format."
 
 

Judy Parker

They May Not Mean To, But They Do
by Cathleen Schine
"I am always excited about a new Cathleen Schine novel and her upcoming title promises to have the heart and insight of The Three Weissmanns of Westport. As in that wonderful novel, Schine is examining how three generations of a family make the journey through life and into old age. I know that she will handle this “coming of age” in her usual perspective, empathetic and often very funny fashion."
 
The Bear and the Piano
by David Litchfield
"The Bear and the Piano is a beautifully illustrated book about finding a passion and following your dreams but also about the value of friendship and community. The illustrator has created evocative light-filled images that bring to life the bear’s journey from his home in the forest to the big city and the accolades of performing, and back again to the love and support of his forest friends. This is a lovely debut picture book from a very talented U.K. author."
 
 

Saffron Beckwith

The Pharos Gate
by Nick Bantock
"I am so thrilled that there is a new volume in this wonderful series; it is as charming and beautiful as the first three. Yay!"
 
The Square Root of Summer
by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
"Time travel, romance and physics... what more do you need!"
 
 

Karen Beattie

Posh Toast
by Louise Hagger
"Toast is not just for breakfast anymore. Try it at lunch, dinner and snacktime too. Have it with savoury or sweet toppings. Move over cake pops and cupcakes, toast is the new, NEW THING! Pistachio Dukkah and Avocado on Rye anyone?"
 
 
Maybe Something Beautiful
by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
"Mira is a little girl who lives in the heart of a gray city where she loves to draw in colour. She gives her colourful pictures to her neighbours until one day she meets a painter. The painter invites her to help him create a large picture on a city wall. Soon, everyone in the community joins in to create art on the walls and transform gray into beauty and joy. A truly inspiring picture book about how public art can transform the spirit."

 

Mark Penney

The Intelligent Conversationalist
by Imogen Lloyd Webber
"I think everyone has trouble sometimes making small talk — especially if you are a sales rep! This one gives you cheat sheets on all of the most important things in the world you know nothing about. Very handy."
 
Nobody Likes a Goblin
by Ben Hatke
"Except you — after you read this delightful tale of goblin fun! It’s like The Hobbit in reverse."
 
 

Ali Hewitt

I had an interesting French Artist to see me this summer
by Colin Browne
"A beautiful book that explores the relationship between the art of Austrian Wolfgang Paalen, Emily Carr and the monumental art of the Pacific Northwest."
 
Too Many Moose
by Lisa Bakos, illustrated by Mark Chambers
"My dealings with moose have been fairly limited, but this adorable picture book is making me reconsider. Perhaps a (single) moose, delivered by post, would make the perfect pet?"
 
 
Ryan Muscat
 

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers
by Max Porter
"Reviving Ted Hughes’ crow protagonist created in the wake of Sylvia Plath’s suicide, Max Porter’s Grief Is the Thing with Feathers promises to be a profound meditation on grief and loss. A brief book looking at the aftermath of the sudden death of a wife and mother, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is experimental in the best sense of the word — effortlessly moving between prose and poetry. The book has also drawn comparisons to Jenny Offill’s masterful Dept. of Speculation, Heidi Julavits, and Ali Smith."
 
Let’s Play
by Hervé Tullet
"Let’s Play is the latest imaginative book by Hervé Tullet, a veritable rock star for the little kid set. Young readers follow along with an adventurous dot through the book, in typical Tullet fashion — the book is suffused with lots of colour, motion, and shape. Unlike his previous books, Let’s Play also delves into a new theme: emotion. The dot expresses humour, joy, fear, and more in this amazing follow-up to Press Here and Mix It Up!"
 
 

Lorna MacDonald

A History of the World in 500 Walks
by Sarah Baxter
"From prehistory to present day. A History of the World in 500 Walks relates the tales behind trekking routes that have shaped our society. Travel back in time as you read about convicts and conquistadores, silk traders and Buddhists. Whether you are inspired to lace up your boots and get walking or put up your feet and enjoy armchair travel — this book will give you a new perspective on the world. An intrepid walker, author Sarah Baxter writes for Wanderlust magazine and Lonely Planet publications."
 
Gator Dad
by Brian Lies
"A delightful romp about three little gators and their Dad who 'squeeze the day' — finding joy in the daily rhythm of meal times, shopping, household tasks, and of course the playful moments in between. The lyrical text is a perfect accompaniment to the lively illustrations. New York Times best-selling author Brian Lies (Bats at the Beach) captures the very special relationship between a father and his children."
 
 
Jenny Enriquez
 

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus
by Chester Brown
"Best-selling cartoonist Chester Brown is back with a graphic novel that offers a sure-to-be controversial interpretation of the Bible. In Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, Brown posits that the Virgin Mary was actually a prostitute by trade and that biblical stories about sex work were clues to her profession. Compelling, well-researched, and sure to ruffle some feathers!"
 
The Star-touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi
"A beautifully written and vividly imagined young adult fantasy inspired by Indian mythology that’s sure to satisfy readers yearning for diverse books!"
 
 
Scott Fraser
 

The Dog Master (new in paperback)
by W. Bruce Cameron
"I read this book on the couch in the living room with my beloved dog at my side. I don’t know if it was dusty in there, or someone was chopping onions, but there were many moments in this pre-historic action/adventure about the first dog where I had to pause because I guess there was something in my eye. We all know that W. Bruce Cameron knows how to turn on the waterworks. What I didn’t know is that he could spin such a transporting epic adventure. Plus DOGS! What more do you need to know?"
 
Anna & Froga: Out and About
by Anouk Ricard
"The Anna and Froga comics are quite simply hilarious. The adorable cast of characters never learn any life lessons, aren’t particularly nice to one another, and show no sign of self-improvement during the course of the series. They’re all kind of nitwits actually, but somehow you feel like they’ll be okay as long as they have each other. As fun for adults as children."
 
 
Karen Stacey
 

Doing the Devil’s Work (new in paperback)
by Bill Loehfelm
"Bill Loehfelm is the real deal — a lauded thriller writer in the modern tradition of Dennis Lehane, Richard Price, and Michael Connelly. New Orleans is his town and his lead character, Maureen Coughlin, is a tough, smart cop, still in uniform. This is the third in the series and each one just gets better!"
 
Booked
by Kwame Alexander
"Another perfectly pitched novel from poet Kwame Alexander, winner of the Newbery Medal. Soccer is the game, divorce, bullying and first love are the themes, all written in verse. Booked packs the same powerful emotional punch as his previous novel, The Crossover!"
 

#PlayTestShare

by Fernanda
Kids / March 10, 2016

 

Members of the Raincoast team, disguised by Eric Carle Animal Masks, were caught enjoying a quiet moment with To the Moon: The Tallest Coloring Book in the World. 

 

Join us and #PlayTestShare! It’s no secret that Chronicle Books and Laurence King have a wonderful selection of games, activity sets and creative books guaranteed to keep your children engaged and intellectually stimulated. And with spring break around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to send our favourites to bloggers and book reviewers across the country to play, test and share with their readers!

Read the reviews and enter to win the Spring Break Giveaway at any one of these participating testers: Kinderlit, Fab Book Reviews, This West Coast Mommy, Yoyomama, Glimpse Reviews, The Pampered Baby, My Little House of Treasures and Frugal Mom Eh! And don’t forget to share and tag your favourites with #PlayTestShare!

 

#PlayTestShare Picks for 2016

ABC Word Play

A hands-on alphabet extravaganza! The letters of the alphabet come to life in this bright, graphic, and delightfully interactive ABC novelty board book that pairs early learning with captivating play. Just punch out the oversize neon letters and assemble the simple words featured on each spread, or spell new words. It's the perfect way to play, spell, and learn, from A to Z!

 

Flora and Friends Matching Game

From the Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, and the two follow-up books, Flora and the Penguin and Flora and the Peacocks, this classic memory game stars Flora and her feathered friends! Delightful storytelling and artwork from Molly Idle celebrate the joy of friendship, all while building memory, concentration, and matching skills.

 

Make and Move Animals

12 amazing moving animals to press out, slot together and play! From flapping penguins to swimming turtles, and everything in between, create fantastic moving animal 'parionettes' to play with. Each parionette comes with easy-to-follow assembly instructions, and no scissors or glue required!

 

 

Paper Sumo

Japan's centuries-old national sport is the main attraction in this paper-based smackdown where creativity and competition collide. The result? Laughs guaranteed! There is an impressive assortment of 39 characters-from traditional sumo wrestlers to animals to monsters and other eye-catching creatures from Japanese lore.

 

642 Things to Draw: Young Artist's Edition

The perfect addition to the 642 series, this collection of hilarious, wacky, and imaginative drawing prompts provides endless quirky inspiration for young artists of all experience levels. Whether pondering how to sketch a zombie unicorn or filling the page with a magical field of cupcakes, budding artists will relish the chance to jump-start their artistic engines as they draw, sketch, imagine, and create!

 

Dog Domino

This game is for two to four players and contains 28 cute and colorful dog dominoes. Have fun matching seven delightful pooches: Chihuaha, Dachshund, Dalmation, Labrador, Poodle, Pug, and Alsation. Get your last domino down first to win the game and become top dog!

 

Story Box: Create Your Own Fairy Tales

This wonderful game will allow your family to create its own fairy tales. Highly original and with a contemporary twist, this box contains 20 cards, printed on both sides, which can be interchanged, allowing for all kinds of plots. With three alternative endings!

 

 

Let's Play

A brilliant new companion book from the creator of PRESS HERE and MIX IT UP!  It's only a yellow dot… but what a dot it is! Connecting not only to the mind but also to the heart, this dot expresses an extraordinary sense of humor, fear, joy, and more as it pushes, lurches, wiggles, and slides its way through-and even off!-the pages of this glorious companion to Press Here and Mix It Up!

 

Press Here Game

Hervé Tullet has reimagined his groundbreaking book in an entirely new dimension. With two levels of play to choose from-so that it's easy enough for a toddler to grasp, but also complex enough to challenge older siblings and adults-this engaging game delivers hours of entertainment for the whole family.

 

Recess

Recess is the ultimate illustrated guide to the best games of the playground, for inside and outside. This fun and interactive guide includes the rules to over 150 games and variations, including over two dozen international games from schoolyards around the world, plus various tips and strategies not just to play, but also to win!

 

To the Moon

Climb up to the moon with this amazing fold-out colouring book, the longest in the world! Colour an amazing tower, all the way from your house down on the ground, past dragons, witches, space ports, and flying elephants, to reach the moon at the very top!


OLA Super Conference 2016

by Melissa
Fiction + News + YA Fiction / January 22, 2016

Heading to the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto next week? Make sure you stop by the Raincoast booth (#417) and meet some of our fantastic Canadian authors! Take a look at the author signing schedule below:


Thursday, January 28:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: A.M. Dellamonica

A. M. Dellamonica is the author of Indigo Springs, winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and its concluding sequel Blue Magic. Her short stories have appeared in a number of fantasy and science fiction magazines, anthologies and on Tor.com.

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Marina Cohen

Marina Cohen is the author of several fantasy and horror novels for kids and teens. Her novel, Ghost Ride, was nominated for the 2011 Ontario Library Association Red Maple Award and won Honour Book. Cohen has been teaching in the York Region District School Board since 1995.

 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law and is a former adjunct law professor. She was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Colorado with her husband. This is her second novel.

 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Jess Keating

As an author and zoologist, Jess Keating has tickled a shark, lost a staring contest against an octopus, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Her first fiction novel, How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied, received a Starred Review from Kirkus and has been nominated for a Red Maple Award. Visit her online at jesskeating.com.


Friday, January 29:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Catherine Lo and Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Inspired by 12 years working with at-risk teenagers as a teacher in a behavior support program, Catherine Lo is the author of How It Ends. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her family.
 

A former journalist and model, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn has travelled the world and enjoys writing contemporary fiction. She lives in London, Ontario with her husband. Firsts is her debut novel.

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers is the author of seven young adult novels including Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in southern Ontario, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.


Chronicle Books to Distribute Hardie Grant Books in North America

by Melissa
News / January 15, 2016

January 15, 2016

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco-based publisher Chronicle Books LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement to distribute Hardie Grant Books in North America.

Founded in 1997 in Melbourne, and now publishing from both London and Australia, Hardie Grant Books is a leading publisher of illustrated books in a number of categories including food and drink, design and interiors, humor and advice. They count amongst their internationally bestselling authors Greg and Lucy Malouf, Megan Hess, Domonique Bertolucci, Kit Kemp and the Green Kitchen blog authors David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl.

Hardie Grant Books now joins Quadrille Publishing, also part of Hardie Grant Publishing Group, which has just enjoyed its first season with Chronicle Books.

Chronicle Books and its Canadian distributor Raincoast Books will be responsible for selling approximately 40 titles a season, starting with the Fall 2016 season.

Hardie Grant Publishing will hire a marketing and publicity executive to work on both Quadrille and Hardie Grant Books situated at the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco.

"Hardie Grant is a market leader in English language illustrated book publishing,” says Jack Jensen, President of Chronicle Books.  "After a longstanding partnership working with Hardie Grant to distribute our products in Australia, we are thrilled that we can now bring their future lists to the North American market."

“We are delighted that Chronicle Books will now extend its sales expertise to both our imprints Hardie Grant and Quadrille, and we look forward to working closely with them,” says Julie Pinkham, HGP’s Group Managing Director.


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