Design*Sponge has started podcasting and their first interviews happen to be with two fantastic designers, who among other projects, create Chronicle gift products: stationery, cards, address books and journals. Find out how they began, how they work and what inspires them.
Design*Sponge's first podcast is an interview with Lotta Jansdotter
See images on the Chronicle website
Here's another podcast from Design*Sponge --an interview with Jill Bliss.
See images on the Chronicle website
In 2004, Raincoast Books published Anosh Irani's first novel, The Cripple and His Talismans. In his bestselling debut novel, a jaded young man wanders the streets of a teeming, mythical Bombay, searching for his lost arm.
Doubleday Canada has now published his second novel, The Song of Kahunsha.
In celebration of BC Book & Magazine Week, Anosh Irani will be part of the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club. The CBC Studio One Book Club is an intimate gathering of only 120 audience members. It is hosted by Sheryl MacKay of CBC Radio and John Burns of the Georgia Straight, and is recorded for broadcast on North by Northwest and other CBC Radio programs. Microphones are set up for audience questions. The only way to get in, is to win! For all the details go to http://www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub/anoshirani.html.
Anosh Irani at CBC's Studio One Book Club
Presented by CBC Radio One
Date: Saturday, April 29, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Location: CBC Radio Studio One, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver.
8-year old Duncan Uszkay and 11-year old Hannah Walsh won the Maple Tree Press contest to Name a New Species.
From over a thousand entries that came in for the Maple Tree Press "Name a New Species" contest, one name was chosen as the favourite by the judges. Surprisingly, the winning name of “Salsolis” was entered twice, separately, by 8-year old Duncan Uszkay and 11-year old Hannah Walsh. To honour this coincidence (surely a testament to the endless ingenuity and intelligence of kids), Maple Tree Press offers the heartiest congratulations to the winners: Duncan Uszkay and Hannah Walsh! The common name for the new species is "Salsolis."
Background on the contest:
In October 2005, Maple Tree Press announced the exciting Name a New Species Contest in conjunction with the publication of Strange New Species: Astonishing Discoveries of Life on Earth by Elin Kelsey.
The contest ran from November 1st, 2005 to March 31st, 2006 giving children across North America the chance to enter a name for a newly identified species and leave a permanent mark on science.
About the newly discovered species:
The new species to be named was found in the Great Salt Lake in Utah. This microbe is part of a group of organisms called extremophiles, so named because of their ability to survive in extreme environmental conditions that would kill humans in seconds flat. More specifically, this organism is classified as a halophile or salt-loving microorganism because it thrives in water ten times saltier than the sea.
The new species was identified in 2004 by 21 year-old college student Ashlee Allred, part of a team of scientists--led by American biochemist Dr. Bonnie Baxter--who are doing research on life in extreme environments, on Earth and other planets.
About the new name “Salsolis”:
To quote the scientist whose team discovered the new species, and who was also one of the judges, Dr. Bonnie Baxter says:
“The scientists on the judging committee were astounded by the variety and numbers of names submitted. Most of us were particularly drawn to the rationale that children used to choose a name. Some of the children took this very seriously and presented names with Latin roots or named by the discoverer. Others decorated these microbes with creative and imaginative names. Still others gave names of compassion: one after her late father, another after Hurricane Katrina. To all of these kids, thanks for participating and helping us name this very important little part of our natural world!”
Hannah and Duncan both chose the name “salsolis” because sal means salt and solis means sun in Latin, which describes two of the defining characteristics of this newly discovered species of halophile (meaning salt-lover).
Salsolis thrives in water ten times saltier than the sea and contains such an abundance of carotinoid pigments that it is completely resistant to ultraviolet rays. Dr. Baxter hopes that these tiny microbes could lead to breakthroughs in understanding how to prevent UV damage to humans.
The winners and 10 lucky finalists will receive a copy of Strange New Species signed by the author, Elin Kelsey. The finalists are:
Jeffrey Martin, "Saladuro"
Cameron Coyle, "Salteenies"
Kate Eppler, "Solsaphilia"
Lindsay McKay, "Lawrence"
Cooper Harcott, "Fire Saltan"
Carly Wood, "Allred"
Kris Mutafov, "Sallum"
Jared Edwards, "Sicro"
Maritza Morales, "Variphile"
Jordan Kovacs, "Salty the Basking Carrot"
Congratulations to all the finalists, the winners, the panel of judges and Maple Tree Press.
New book offers guidance on transition from hospital to home
Press Release (Vancouver)-- An estimated 153,100 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in 2006: 2 out of every 5 men and 1 out of every 3 women. Of those, about 45% will not survive. What will happen to the remaining 82,700?
These cancer survivors are told they are the lucky ones: they beat a horrible disease and can now go back to normal life. But what is normal for someone who has just faced death? Stepping back into everyday life is not as simple as it sounds.
Raincoast Books is proud to publish Picking Up the Pieces: Moving Forward After Surviving Cancer. Written by the leading Canadian experts on life after cancer, Picking Up the Pieces is the first book to offer a practical recovery process that acts as a bridge from hospital to home.
Authors Sherri Magee, Ph.D and Kathy Scalzo, M.S.O.D. have spent a combined 20 years working in cancer care and research, rehabilitation medicine and change and transition management. They interviewed hundreds of cancer survivors and combine these inspiring voices with practical methods to help ease the journey to recovery.
A podcast featuring Sherri Magee and Kathy Scalzo is available at www.raincoast.com/pickingupthepieces
More on Picking Up the Pieces
Content for media, including sample interview questions and author commentary, is also available on the site:
For review copies and interviews, please contact
Selina Rajani, Publicist, Raincoast Books
selina at raincoast dot com
About Raincoast Books
Raincoast Books is a Canadian publisher and distributor based in Vancouver, BC. Raincoast Publishing, which includes the Polestar imprint and key titles from Press Gang Publishers, produces a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children. Raincoast Distribution is the exclusive Canadian distributor for publishers from the U.K., the U.S. and Canada.
Paul William Roberts joins Alison Pick and George Elliott Clarke at this week's Ottawa International Writers Festival.
In advance of one of his 3 events, Embassy Magazine posted this excellent review/interview/profile:
Embasy Magazine book review by Christopher Guly, "Avoiding Bullets and Arrest In Search of the Truth"
"Paul William Roberts has made it his business to uncover what's really going on in Iraq during the U.S. occupation, a career move that's since put restrictions on his passport, but has made him an award-winning journalist and Middle East expert."
The article continues with details on the mysterious disappearance of the Republican Guard and Roberts' suspicions that a nuclear bomb was used to vaporize the 40,000 missing guardsmen.
Paul William Roberts will speak twice at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Check Listings for details.
Matthew Bogdanos, author of Thieves of Baghdad will be lecturing at the ROM tomorrow night.
Crimes Against Culture
Thursday, April 20, 7-9 pm
Classics scholar and lawyer by training, Colonel Matthew Bogdanos also happened to be in Baghdad during the invasion of Iraq and the looting of the Iraq Museum. Bogdanos was instrumental in organizing a recovery of the lost antiquities. Many items were recovered, however, much still remains missing.
Bogdanos will talk about the illegal business of trading stolen cultural property--paintings, sculptures, documents and archaeological artifacts--and why it should be important to all of us.
Book signing after lecture.
Lecturers: Col. Matthew Bogdanos, New York City prosecutor, Marine colonel, head of international investigation into looting of Iraq Museum, author of Thieves of Baghdad.
Bonnie Czegledi, barrister and solicitor, international art and cultural heritage law, and director, Institute of Arts and Cultural Heritage.
Visit the ROM website for tickets and details:
$22 (online $20)
ROM members $18 (online $16)
Globe and Mail article on Bogdanos and the ROM event.
Today San Francisco residents marked the 100 year anniversary of the Great Quake, the 1906 earthquake that shattered the city.
The magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck April 18, 1906, at 5:12 am.
In his novel, 1906, James Dalessandro brings to life the untold scandal and intrigue surrounding the events of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The novel has the pace of a major motion picture. Definitely a historical page-turner.
by monique t
April 17, 2006
Patrick Conlon, author of No Need to Trouble the Heart, will be speaking at a professional development event for the Ontario Hospital Association.
The event focus is on Family- and Patient-Centred Care.
Ontario Hospital Association
Course code: EP107
April 24, 2006 - April 24, 2006
Location: Renaissance Toronto Hotel Downtown
About the event:
The best health care happens when patients, families and health care professionals all share their knowledge. Families, like other members of the health care team, are entitled to complete, understandable, unbiased and timely information offered in a supportive way. Families should be also be active participants in the choices and decisions made for the family member requiring care. In a pro-family and patient centred care environment, practitioners offer suggestions and choices rather than prescriptions and orders. Click here for more info.
0910h "Partners in Care"
Patrick Conlon and Jim O'Neill
Members of the Mount Sinai Hospital's Multi-Disciplinary Adult Critical Care Team
by monique t
April 13, 2006
The Art of Cars Contest: This June, Pixar releases Cars, their latest CGI feature and their last before their sale to Disney. In collaboration with Chronicle Books, fpsmagazine.com is giving away five copies of The Art of Cars, a 160-page examination of the storyboards, photography and sketches that went into the making of the film. For your chance to win, all you have to do is fill out the entry form. The contest closes on April 24, at 11:59 EST.
About The Art of Cars
From the Academy Award-winning studio behind the animated hits Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, comes Cars, the hilarious and heartwarming story of a wily race car who discovers that life begins at the off-ramp. Released in summer 2006, this is the last movie under the Disney/Pixar contract.
The Art of Cars is an overflowing scrapbook of hundreds of pieces of concept art used to convert real life imagery and stories into memorable characters and colourful backdrops. Intriguing storyboards and on-the-road snapshots—a new feature—uncover the origins of a charming and clever automobile-based world.
With an introduction by director John Lasseter, quotes from the artists and production team and lively text by two Route 66 experts, The Art of Cars is a spirited ride behind the scenes of a masterful animated film.
Buy the Book
The Art of Cars, 0-8118-4900-7
Raincoast Books congratulates Brenda Brooks, whose novel Gotta Find Me an Angel has been shortlisted for the 2005 Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award.
About Gotta Find Me An Angel
Our 35-year-old heroine works as a film projectionist at a second-run cinema in Toronto. She finds herself at an existential crossroads, haunted by the ghost of a friend who died long ago. During the course of one dark night, she addresses a passionate, wickedly funny lament to the ghost, recounting her failed attempts at finding true love.
“A deliciously funny, dark swoon of a novel about love in all its guises.”--Emma Donoghue
“When a poet turns her attention to prose, something special can happen ... A heartfelt story told with precise and energetic language.”--Globe and Mail
“Love, longing and loss painted in vividly original language.”--Vancouver Sun
“Brooks writes with a soft, emotionally engaged voice ... An unusual, but delightful, read.”--The Georgia Straight
About Brenda Brooks
Brenda Brooks has published two books of poetry, Somebody Should Kiss You and Blue Light in the Dash (Polestar, 1996). She was born in Rivers, Manitoba, and for over 10 years worked at Canadian Press in Toronto. She now lives on Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Check out Search Inside the Book on Amazon.ca and read an excerpt from Gotta Find Me An Angel.