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Celebrate the Launch of The Chocolate Tasting Kit (And indulge in some chocolate tasting yourself!)

by Melissa
Events + Food & Drink + Vancouver / March 14, 2014

 

Do you live in Vancouver? Do you love chocolate? If you answered yes to these questions, we have the perfect event for you! Come celebrate the launch of Eagranie Yuh's The Chocolate Tasting Kit on March 20, 2014 at Xoxolat.  This will be a fun filled evening of chocolate tastings with the opportunity to meet the author extraordinaire herself. We would love it if you could join us for this event.

Eagranie Yuh
is a local author and chocolate educator who has recently published The Chocolate Tasting Kit with Chronicle Books. Her work has appeared in publications such as Best Food Writing 2012, Edible Vancouver, Flavours and more. She is also a permanent grand jury member of the International Chocolate Awards. In other words, she knows her stuff!

Xoxolat is located at 1271 Homer Street in Yaletown, and the Open House will be from 5-8 PM. This event is free, but you can RSVP here. We'll be selling kits, sampling chocolate, and there will be a cash bar.

We hope to see you there!
 


Meet the Cast of Days of Our Lives!

by Dan
Events / March 14, 2014

Meet select members of the cast of Days of Our Lives for special book signings of Days of Our Lives Better Living in Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton next week. 


Toronto

Tuesday, March 18th at 7:00 PM
Chapters Queensway 

Cast Members & Author:
Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez), Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts), Drake Hogestyn (John Black) and Greg Meng (author and Co-Executive Producer of the show)

 

Edmonton

Thursday, March 20th from 7-9 PM
Chapters West Edmonton Mall, HMV Stage

Cast Members:
Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts) and Drake Hogestyn (John Black)

 

Vancouver

Thursday, March 20th from 7-9 PM
Chapters Metrotown

Cast & Author:
Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez) and Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux) and Greg Meng (author and Co-Executive Producer of the show)


Event Guidelines:

  • Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last.
  • Individuals must have a copy of Days of our Lives Better Living to be in line.
  • Will sign 1 copy of Days of our Lives Better Living per person (no other books). No personalization, autograph only.
  • NO memorabilia or additional items will be permitted for the signing including posters, clothing, other books, DVDs, CDs or any other item. Signing books only.
  • Candid photos only – there will be no posed photography.
  • Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, or Coles. 

Job Posting: Inventory Coordinator

by Dan
Job Posting + News / March 13, 2014

Raincoast is looking for a highly organized individual with a love of spreadsheets to join our inventory team. The position requires strong analytical skills, a good eye for detail and the ability to communicate clearly. Raincoast will provide training on its own systems, but the successful applicant will be very comfortable with Excel and Word.

This position requires communication with client publisher staff, customs brokers and carriers, as well as Raincoast staff in sales, marketing, systems, finance and warehouse.

Regular Duties

Inventory control:

  • place initial seasonal orders with client publishers based on forecasts provided by the field sales director
  • reorder based on sales data
  • identify overstocks and communicate with client publishers regarding their disposal
  • work with warehouse to implement downsize measures

Database maintenance:

  • work with marketing department on new title uploads
  • maintain accurate title level data, particularly as availability dates and prices are subject to change
  • receive stock into the system
  • process stock returns

Research and reporting:

  • track shipments of key titles, including time-sensitive titles
  • investigate missing shipments
  • research discrepancies
  • monitor and sign off on customs and freight chargebacks

Vacation backup for other members of the team

Requirements

  • Proficiency in Excel (level 2) and Word, with a high level of accuracy
  • Some experience with databases
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Related work experience: similar office work or book industry experience
  • Ability to work well with others

Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd, based Metro Vancouver, is one of the largest distributors of books in Canada. We have been in business for more than 30 years, selling, marketing and distributing our clients’ book and gift product to retailers, wholesalers and institutions across the country.

We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phones calls or agencies, please.

To apply, please email your resume to Paddy Laidley by March 25, 2014


New Releases: April 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Art & Photography + Fashion & Textiles + Fiction + History + Humour / March 11, 2014

Here's a sneak-peek at some of the new releases coming to bookstores in April (and be sure to check out our new books for kids and teens as well!)... 

FICTION

Short Stories 

Can't and Won't

Lydia Davis

A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called "the best prose stylist in America."
 

In her fifth collection of stories, Lydia Davis writes with bracing candor and sly humor about the quotidian, revealing the mysterious, the foreign, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the predictable patterns of daily life.

 

 

"Five years after a mammoth, comprehensive collection of stories secured her literary legacy, this unique author explores new directions and blurs boundaries in writing that is always fresh and often funny."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Davis’s bulletproof prose sends each story shooting off the page."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Available April 8


Suspense

Keep Quiet

Lisa Scottoline

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a gripping new novel about family and justice.

Keep Quiet is an emotionally complex story about one man's split-second decision to protect his son— and the devastating consequences that follow.

 

 

 

 

 

"Scottoline keeps the tension high while portraying a family in turmoil. A heck of a twist ending wraps everything up...a satisfying and suspenseful read."—Booklist

"Scottoline brings tension to a boil in her latest novel. Her characters are believable, and her protagonist is sympathetic. This is an intriguing exploration of human frailties, justice and family relationships."—RT Reviews  

Available April 8


Fantasy

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire  

Patrick Weekes

Journey into the darkest and deadliest part of Orlais, where the weight of titles matters less than the strength of blades. In this thrilling tie-in to the award-winning Dragon Age™ games, alliances are forged and promises broken as Empress Celene and Grand Duke Gaspard battle for the throne. But in the end, the elves who hide in the forests or starve in the slums may decide the fate of the masked empire.

Available April 8

 


Thrillers / Crime

Blood Always Tells 

Hilary Davidson

Hilary Davidson returns with Blood Always Tells, a twisted tale of love, crime, and family gone wrong.

The Canadian-born Davidson is the award-winning author of The Damage Done and Evil in All Its Disguises.

 

 

 

 

 

"Davidson has penned an outstanding novel that entertains with its carefully plotted tale of kidnapping, murder and duplicity. Impressive from the outset, the surprises continue throughout until the clincher at the end. Her talent for character development shines as each person blends flawlessly into the story."—RT Reviews

"This could be the Gone Girl of 2014"—MysteryPeople

Available April 15


Literary

The Other Story 

Tatiana de Rosnay

From the author of Sarah's Key, an absorbing new novel about a young writer who, while digging into his family’s deeply buried secrets, finds the key to his future.

Page-turning, layered and beautifully written, The Other Story is a reflection on identity, the process of being a writer and the repercussions of generations-old decisions as they echo into the present and shape the future.

 

 

Available April 15


Literary

In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman

A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century.

In the Light of What We Know takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope—from Kabul to London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, and Princeton—and explores the great questions of love, belonging, science, and war. It is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other.  

 

 

"Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This formidable novel unpacks friendship, betrayal, unknowability – and includes an astute take on Englishness, on class, on mathematical theory, human rights, and whether people can trust their own perception of the world."The Observer (UK)

Available April 22


Science Fiction

Afterparty

Daryl Gregory

A mind-bending and violent chase across Canada and the US, Daryl Gregory's Afterparty is a marvelous mix of William Gibson's Neuromancer, Philip K. Dick's Ubik, and perhaps a bit of Peter Watts's Starfish: a last chance to save civilization, or die trying.

 

 

 

 

"Gregory dashes off his near-future story like a ‘chemjet’ printing out sheets of smart drugs…The tragi-comical satire dispenses with sermons and easy morals, preferring to be entertaining and thought-provoking instead."Publishers Weekly

Available April 22


Suspense

Live to See Tomorrow 

Iris Johansen

Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang. Luke was kidnapped at age two, and now, nine years later, he has astonishingly been returned to her. Catherine vows never to fail him again. But when her job pulls her away from home, she relies on the brilliant and deadly Hu Chang to safeguard Luke in her absence...

Available April 29


NONFICTION

Literary Collections / Essays

The Empathy Exams

Essays

Leslie Jamison

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection of essays by Leslie Jamieson. The book is the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, and Publishers Weekly named it one of the best essay collections of Spring 2014

 

 

 

 

"Novelist Jamison’s... first collection of essays, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, is a heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, and ourselves."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Available April 1


Travel

The World's Great Wonders

Jheni Osman

Go beyond the visual spectacle of the world's 50 greatest wonders, and discover what makes them such amazing places. With stunning images and expert illustrations, experience and appreciate the most famous sights on earth in an exciting new way.

 

 

Available April 1


Art / Popular Culture / Fashion

The WORN Archive 

Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, & History of What We Wear

Edited by Serah-Marie McMahon

The WORN Archive is a manifesto for fashion and clothing, featuring the best content from Worn Fashion Journal's first 14 issues. The articles, penned by a host of unique contributors, touch on topics as wide-ranging as feminism, hijabs, how to tie a tie, the history of flight attendants, and textile conservation. With eclectic photo shoots featuring 'real' models, striking illustrations, and whimsical layouts, every page is a joyful, creative approach to clothing.

Available April 1


Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational

Miracles Now

108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose

Gabrielle Bernstein

Most of us don't have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We're overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn't add to that.

Gabrielle Bernstein has hand-picked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems-stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now. 

 

Available April 8


Art / History

The Book of Trees

Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

Manuel Lima

Michael Lima's critically acclaimed bestseller Visual Complexity was the first in-depth examination of the burgeoning field of information visualization. In this new companion volume, The Book of Trees, data viz expert Lima examines the history of the tree diagram, from its roots in the illuminated manuscripts of medieval monasteries to its current resurgence as an elegant means of visualization.

Available April 8


Art / Canadian

Sister and I  in Alaska 

Emily Carr; edited by David A. Silcox

Full of humour and delight, with a playful text and whimsical full colour illustrations, Sister and I in Alaska documents Emily and Alice's trip to Skidegate, Juneau and places beyond, an adventure that proved seminal in the development of Carr as one of the foremost painters of the last century.

Available April 9


History / Military

War! What Is It Good For?

Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots

Ian Morris

In War! What Is It Good For? renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris tells the gruesome, gripping story of fifteen thousand years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has really done to and for the world. As Morris explains war has created bigger, more complex societies, ruled by governments that have stamped out internal violence. Strangely enough, killing has made the world safer and richer.

 

"A profoundly uncomfortable but provocative argument that “productive war” promotes greater safety, a decrease in violence and economic growth... A disturbing, transformative text that veers toward essential reading."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Available April 15


Humour

Sh*t Rough Drafts

Pop Culture's Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been

Paul Laudiero

Sh*t Rough Drafts collects imagined misguided early drafts of classic books, screenplays, and contemporary literature, creating visions of alternate works that would exist had the authors not come to their senses. 

 

 

 
Available April 15

History / Europe

Hotel Florida

Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

Amanda Vaill

Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe, six people meet and find their lives changed forever. Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage sour, hopes that this war will give him fresh material and new romance; Martha Gellhorn, an ambitious novice journalist hungry for love and experience, thinks she will find both with Hemingway in Spain. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, idealistic young photographers based in Paris, want to capture history in the making and are inventing modern photojournalism in the process. And Arturo Barea, chief of Madrid's loyalist foreign press office, and Ilsa Kulcsar, his Austrian deputy, are struggling to balance truth-telling with loyalty to their compromised cause—a struggle that places both of them in peril.

"War, sex, friendship, betrayal, celebrity, rivalry, jealousy, idealism, foolishness and foppery—all this and more gather in the lobby of Madrid’s Hotel Florida."Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully told, Vaill’s story captures the timeless immediacy of warfront reporting with the universal struggle to stay in love, just before the Nazis permanently changed the European landscape."Publishers Weekly

Available April 22


History / Europe

Kind Mama

A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning

Alicia Silverstone

In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. She helps readers navigate everything from prenatal testing and birth plans to successful breastfeeding and creating a supportive "baby nest." The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone, while helping them embark on a healthy and more vibrant path to motherhood.

 

Available April 22


Cooking / Health & Healing

The Family Cooks

100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That's Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You

Laurie David; foreword by Katie Couric

In The Family Cooks, Laurie David inspires parents and kids to take control of what they eat by making it themselves. With her longtime collaborator, Kirstin Uhrenholdt, David offers more than 100 recipes that are simple, fast, "low in the bad stuff and high in the good stuff," and designed to bring kids into the cooking process.

Available April 22


House & Home / Decorating

Bright Bazaar

Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style

Will Taylor

Dive into a refreshing take on color from one of the world's leading interiors bloggers, Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar: West Elm's "go-to blogger for color inspiration." What began as a popular blog attracting over 400,000 readers a month is now a gorgeous, colour-popping book sure to delight and inspire all.

 

 

Available April 29


I Can Do It Conferences ~ Toronto and Vancouver

by Danielle
Events + Spirituality / March 06, 2014

I Can Do It! 201 - Toronto

Date: March 15, 2014 - March 16, 2014 Sponsored by: Hay House Location: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Canada

 

I Can Do It! 2014 - Vancouver

Date: May 17, 2014 - May 18, 2014 Sponsored by: Hay House Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

 

Tour Description

Join us for a weekend retreat at I Can Do It!® created by Louise Hay to help you heal your life! Unveil the true you, unleash your divine greatness, release pain and fear, and learn how to make the best choices for your mind, body and spirit! Awaken to new possibilities and create a life you love!

In this interactive conference, you'll:

  • Discover your true purpose
  • Experience more intimate and fulfilling relationships
  • Embrace challenges as opportunities
  • Heal your past for a better today and brighter tomorrow
  • Make a plan with lasting changes that stick—choosing food, thoughts and spiritual practices for a healthier, happier you!

All of Hay House's incredibly inspiring titles are available at your local bookshop.

Please check your local listings for Dr. Wayne W. Dyer's new PBS special, I Can See Clearly Now.


From Russia with Pride

by Larisa
Fiction / February 25, 2014

For the last couple of weeks, millions of people from all around the world have been glued to their TVs cheering for athletes, enjoying the performances and counting medals during one of this year’s most spectacular sporting events – the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Our attention was drawn to Russia where athletes were competing from countries all around the globe. I was happy to cheer for both my native Russia as well as my newly adopted homeland – Canada. I was equally moved when athletes from either country ascended the podium. And I was trying to swallow that lump in my throat when either a Russian or Canadian flag were raised or their anthem was played. But now, when Olympics excitement is behind, more than anything else I want my fellow Canadians to learn what a beautiful country Russia is and what outstanding people live there.

Russia has always been a subject of controversy. Forty-years of Cold War and somewhat ambiguous governing for the last two decades established rather a negative image of the country. But let’s put political and historical arguments aside and think about the ordinary Russian people, their lives and their struggles. What is Russia besides being a proud homeland of incredible ballet, magnificent music and great art? Who are these Russians known as ridiculously rich oligarchs, heavy drinkers, and homophobes? Is there another side of Russia and Russians yet to discover? My answer is yes! And there is no better way to do that than reading a good book. With a number of wonderful books coming out this year, we have a unique opportunity to learn more about the country and its people from the work of Russian writers. 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, novelist and historian, is an iconic figure and doesn’t need any special introduction. Four of his books are coming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. First two – August 1914 and November 1916 are parts of 'The Red Wheel', a cycle of novels presenting the epic history of Russian Revolution. Cancer Ward and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich are considered Solzhenitsyn’s greatest achievements and examples of the most significant literary works of the century.

But I was also thrilled to discover the name of one my favorite contemporary writers Ludmila Ulitskaya on Farrar Straus & Giroux 2014 Fall list. Ulitskaya is one of Russia’s most prominent and popular literary figures, author of numerous novels, short stories, plays and tales for children. She has won many Russian as well as international awards including the Russian Booker Prize, Medici Prize of France, Penne Prize of Italy and many others. Her novel The Big Green Tent, which is being published by FSG in December, is about friendship and love, faith and betrayal; all the moral choices people make throughout their lives. It’s about bright personalities in dark times. Ulitskaya’s scientific background (she has a degree in biology and genetics) affects the way she scrutinizes people’s behavior and motivation. She believes there is no certain age or life period to become mature in terms of morality. In her opinion, one might never leave a chrysalis stage of their development, whereas another would push the boundaries and turn into a beautiful butterfly. This allows the person to see, hear and learn more than others, take more responsibility and be free of fear. Ulitskaya is wondering what could possibly cause this transformation – where we were born, how we were raised, who we met or what experiences we had? I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Russian soviet history, human morality or good literature.

In May 2014 Henry Holt & Co introduces the book Snow in May a literary debut by Kseniya Melnik, a young author of Russian origin. Melnik was born in Magadan, a remote city in the Far East region of Russia. Similar to Alaska, Magadan was founded as a port for exporting gold. Sadly, very soon it became infamous for being a major transit centre for the GULAG. Prisoners of all kinds had been settled in Magadan, many of them highly educated and strong in their political beliefs. Later, the Soviet government made several attempts to develop Siberia and the Far East region by welcoming young and offering them work, accommodation and higher wages. These events helped to build a vibrant community of professionals and intellectuals living harsh lives and striving to survive the near-perpetual winters. All these characters come alive in Melnik’s short stories, where she portrays the great drama of the country on a personal scale. Melnik’s characters don’t have to make difficult moral choices. The previous generation went through troubles of slippery moral decision-making for the sake of better future for their kids. Now their descendants are supposed to “reap the fruits of socialism”.  Is this future even close to what their parents were striving for?

This young author has an amazing ability to delineate her characters. She is equally adept at the voice of an excited eighteen-year-old bride or later a complacent old party worker. And Kseniya Melnik is able to weave skillfully between different historical periods of Soviet era and nowadays. She retells the stories of several generations by fictionalizing experiences of her parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours. Despite the fact Melnik’s family immigrated to Alaska when she was only fifteen, she is still able to draw from five decades of Russian history and paint an intimate portrait of people and their troubled lives. Kseniya Melnik is my new favourite author and I hope to see more of the carefully explored and brilliantly depicted characters from Russia in her new books.

Despite or perhaps because of all the sorrows and troubles, Russia continuously produces talents of highest calibre which are valued all around the world. Enjoy the 2014 Olympic Games and great books offered to you from Russia with pride.


New Releases: March 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Biography & Memoir + Current Affairs + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Humour / February 25, 2014

Oh my! There are so many brilliant books coming in out in March! Here's what's hot in fiction, nonfiction, and humour. Make sure you also take a look at our list of new releases for kids and young adults on our Kids & Teen Blog

FICTION

The Black-Eyed Blonde

LA Philip Marlowe Novel

Benjamin Black

Only Benjamin Black, a modern master of the genre, could write a new Philip Marlowe novel that has all the panache and charm of Raymond Chandler's originals while delivering a story that is as sharp and fresh as today's best crime fiction.

Available March 4

 


Be Careful What You Wish For 

The Clifton Chronicles #4

Jeffrey Archer

Be Careful What You Wish For showcases Jeffrey Archer's storytelling talents as never before—when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.

Available March 11


Shotgun Lovesongs

Nickolas Butler

Welcome to Little Wing.

It's a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends - all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town - it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so.

Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition. 

Available March 11


The Cairo Affair

Olen Steinhauer

Espionage master and New York Times bestseller Olen Steinhauer returns with a brilliant international thriller about the aftermath of a diplomat's assassination and his wife's relentless investigation.

Available March 18


Tempting Fate

Jane Green

From the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Another Piece of My Heart and Family Pictures comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships… 

Available March 25


Lockstep 

Karl Schroeder

When seventeen-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he’s orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when Toby wakes again, he’s surprised to discover a thriving planet, a strange and prosperous galaxy, and something stranger still—that he’s been asleep for 14,000 years. Welcome to the Lockstep Empire, where civilization is kept alive by careful hibernation.

Available March 25


The Midnight Witch

Paula Brackston

From Paula Brackston, the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter and The Winter Witch, comes a magical tale that is as dark as it is enchanting. Set in high society Edwardian England, a young witch faces the choice between love and loyalty to her coven…

 

Available March 25


NONFICTION

New in Paperback! 

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

George Packer

Available in paperback for the first time, The Unwinding is a critically acclaimed examination of a nation in crisis by one of the finest political journalists of our generation, George Packer.

 

Available March 4


Falling in Honey 

How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart

Jennifer Barclay

Finding happiness in spanakopita and the sea, set in a dreamy Mediterranean landscape.

Available March 4


New York Jackie

Pictures from Her Life in the City

Edited by Bridget Watson Payne

As familiar as we are with images of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the charming former first lady, fewer know the dynamic woman who called New York City home. Shortly after JFK's assassination in 1964, Jackie moved to Manhattan and lived there for the next three decades. This intimate collection of photographs celebrates her life in the city as a mother, book editor, style icon, and most of all, a New Yorker.

Available March 11


Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _____* I Learned from Monty Python

*History, Art, Poetry, Communism, Philosophy, the Media, Birth, Death, Religion, Literature, Latin, Transvestites, Botany, the French, Class Systems, Mythology, Fish Slapping, and Many More!

Brian Cogan and Jeff Massey

A comprehensive and hilarious guide to understanding the many Monty Python jokes and allusions.

Available March 18


How About Never – Is Never Good For You?

My Life in Cartoons

Bob Mankoff

A memoir in cartoons by the long-time cartoon editor of The New Yorker Bob Mankoff.

Available March 25


HUMOUR

Kids Are Weird

And Other Observations from Parenthood

Jeffrey Brown

The bestselling author of Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess brings his witty comic observations to terrestrial parenting in this perceptive book celebrating the more surreal moments of raising a child.

Available March 18


F This Test

Even More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

Richard Benson

From the same hilarious wellspring of failure as the bestselling F in Exams and F for Effort comes this all-new collection of inventively wrong-yet totally real-test responses by students who don't know the answer, but come up with something better instead.

Available March 18



Hang Out with Marissa Meyer!

by Dan
Events + Vancouver + YA Fiction / February 21, 2014

Bestselling author Marissa Meyer is coming to Canada!

Marissa will be signing copies of Cress, the latest book in the Lunar Chronicles, and talking about her writing and the latest developments in the series in Vancouver on Saturday February 22nd (that's TOMORROW!), and Toronto on Monday February 24th.  

And if you can't come to the events in person (and even if you can!) Marissa will be online this weekend for a very special Google Hangout with fans. All the details are below....


Vancouver February 22:
2:00pm at Chapters Metrotown
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
604-431-0463
Facebook

Toronto February 24:
2:00pm at North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
416-395-5535
Facebook

7:00pm at Indigo Yorkdale
3401 Dufferin Street Unit #29, Toronto
416-781-6660
Facebook

Google Hangout February 22nd

Google+
10:00am PST/1:00pm EST

 

What the fans are saying about Cress:

"A wonderfully plotted series that not only has a gripping plot, but ridiculously endearing characters."A Glass of Wine

"These books exceed all expectations and every one of them has been better and more complex then the last."Conversations of a Reading Addict

"Oh. My. God. Marissa Meyer, you genius."Holes in My Brain

"I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! ... Marissa Meyer really is a storytelling genius, and I am so much in love with these science fiction re-workings of some of my favourite fairy tales."—Melissa, Mables Fables

"Cress is entertaining and thrilling, a brilliant continuation to this series of fairy tale retellings set in a distant future."Me on Books

"Cress is an intricately woven thrill ride that will make the reader want to flip right back to page one and start all over again once they're finished."Omfg!Books

"Oh wow, I didn't think the book would be this good! I'm really used to series dying down slowly after the first one but this series just keeps getting better and better!"Secrets of Lost Words

"This is the kind of series that you hope will never end"Xpresso Reads

 


The Secret Garden and the Joy of Colouring Books

by Chelsea
Art & Photography + Craft / February 21, 2014

There's something magical about Johanna Basford's Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book. The intricate black and white illustrations are gorgeous on their own, but the real beauty is in how everyone who colours in the pages will create something uniquely theirs. When I found out that my very crafty friend Stefanie received a copy for Christmas, I couldn't wait to see her progress through the pages.

Did you use colouring books as a kid? What's it like to come back to it now?

Yes! I was kind of a fanatic. My mom used to come home with stacks of them, mainly Barbie themed. I used to have coloring competitions with my next door neighbour, and I was pretty competitive about it. 

There was a definite sense of nostalgia coming back to a coloring book as an adult, but it's a obviously a little bit different. The pages are so well illustrated that I feel like I'm a part of creating something so beautiful, way beyond my own artistic capabilities. 


What kinds of drawing materials have you used (pencils, pens)? Which do you like best?

So far I've just used pencil crayons. I have a mismatched collection from several years ago, but they do the trick! My husband also gave me a small set of erasable pencil crayons that have been fun to use. One thing I haven't tried yet is coloured pens or markers. I think ink would work really well for some of the illustrations. 


What's your favourite part about filling in the pages?

I feel as though I am making these garden scenes really come to life. They are already so incredibly beautiful as black and white illustrations, but with a bit of colour, they turn into these lively scenes. There's also this scavenger hunt surprise factor to the book - I always end up finding little creatures within the lines of the trees and leaves. 


Do you have a colouring method, or is it random?

I don't have a specific colouring pattern, but I do like to have a plan of action before I start each page. I'll plan out all the colours I want to use before I get going. The illustrations are so detailed, sometimes beginning a page can be overwhelming. There are some really detailed pages I'll probably never touch. Working from the top to the bottom, or the bottom to top is also really fun. 


What do you get out of the experience, other than a pretty picture?

It's a nice way to relax and an easy way to feel creative without getting into a big project.


New Year, New You

by Melissa
Health & Wellness / February 05, 2014

Well, the first month of the new year is officially over. If you’re like me, you had those great intentions to live a healthier lifestyle, but somehow they didn’t quite turn out. Maybe you hit the gym a couple of times—just nowhere near as often as you planned (or if you’re like me, you’re still trying to make yourself go to the gym for the first time this year).  So you’re a tad bit delayed on your new self. But never fear! If your goal was to eat healthier and lose weight, the solution is at your fingertips.  Dr. Ian K. Smith designed the diet book Super Shred for those of us looking to lose weight quickly, and more importantly, safely. 

 

In just four weeks, if you have 20 pounds to lose, you can lose them.  You can be bikini (or speedo!) ready for that Spring Break beach vacation you planned. Super Shred provides a concentrated diet plan that uses the principles of diet confusion, meal replacement, snacking and meal spacing to help you lose weight. 

“It’s just another diet book,” you say? That’s not quite true. The author, Dr. Ian Smith, actually spends time with real dieters while researching his books, and designs his books to help dieters overcome the obstacles they usually face when using a diet plan. 

If you aren’t looking to lose weight in such a short period of time, you can also try Dr. Ian’s 6-week cycle diet, Shred.

Dr. Ian will be in Toronto on February 13th. Be sure to watch him on the Social! He is sure to convince even the laziest most cynical of us that we can change ourselves and our lifestyles.


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