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Bicentennial of the Arrival of Louis Riel’s Grandparents

by monique t
Graphica + News / July 17, 2006

This Saturday's Globe and Mail reported that later this month hundreds of people--many related to Metis leader Louis Riel--will reunite in Winnipeg to mark the 200th anniversary of his grandparents' arrival in the West.

The bicentennial celebration starts July 28 at the dock near the St. Boniface Cathedral with the re-enactment of the arrival by birchbark canoe of Riel's grandparents, Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Anne Lagimodiere.

The Lagimodieres played a key role in the development of Canada, as did their famous and infamous grandson Louis Riel.

In 2003, critically acclaimed graphic novelist Chester Brown published the comic-strip biography of Louis Riel with Drawn and Quarterly Publications.

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography is a compelling and meticulous retelling of the charismatic 19th-century Metis leader, regarded by some as a martyr and by others as a treacherous murderer.

The Globe and Mail says, "if you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further: Chester Brown's Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good."


The Voices of Iran

by monique t
News / July 17, 2006

On July 16, 2006, The New York Times published a review of Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi. Reviewer Laura Secor calls Shirin Ebadi, "a dissenting voice", and goes on to explain that in 1978 as the fever for revolution swelled, Ebadi, Iran's first female judge, was outspoken in her views of freedom and the rights of women.

By 1980 Ebadi, because she was a woman, had been demoted from judge to clerk and then to secretary. Iran's new Islamic penal code was quickly adopted and the rights of woman eroded overnight.

"In collaboration with the gifted journalist Azadeh Moaveni, Ebadi, who in 2003 became the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, has written a memoir that is both a deft history of postrevolutionary Iran and a genuinely intimate recollection. It is fast-paced, suspenseful and spare, its details memorable and well chosen. And it is a story that encapsulates the harsh choices that face those who live and fight for change within the Islamic Republic of Iran."--Laura Secor, "A Dissenting Voice", New York Times, July 16

Ebadi's outrage regarding the changes to the penal code and the status of women parallel statements posted on many Iranian blogs.

In We Are Iran (published by Raincoast) Nasrin Alavi has collected many of these outspoken voices. She's translated from Farsi to English Iranian bloggers talking of conflicts with the law, the condition of women, of repression and its subversion, and of culture, religion and the world.

The book is a surprisingly personal, urgent and unprecedented look at the lives, thoughts and feelings of Iranian people.

We Are Iran provides a momentary glimpse of the challenges Iranians face in their struggle for democracy. If you're interested in background information on the Iranian revolution and the present-day conflict, We Are Iran looks beyond the militias and ayatollahs to the writers, journalists and average citizens who circumvent censorship using the technology of blogs.

We Are Iran by Nasrin Alavi (Raincoast, 1-55192-871-x, $24.95 paper)


Summer Reading Recommendations

by monique t
Fiction + News / July 11, 2006

The following titles are recommended in the July Title Wave newsletter. Each month there is a book draw and chances to win prizes. To subscribe visit: http://raincoast.com/newsletters/

Title Wave: July 2006

Special 3-Part Podcast with Anthony Bourdain

Listen in to A Day in the Life of a Reluctant Celebrity Chef.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN UNCENSORED: During his media day in Vancouver on June 12, Anthony wore a lapel microphone so that Raincoast could capture his on-going witty commentary on life as a celebrity chef. Listen In.

Part 1: Bourdain's World (play now)

Part 2: The Book Signing (play now)

Part 3 starting July 18: Not All Nasty Bits

http://www.raincoast.com/podcast/

Take a Sneak Peak
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Tune into Raincoast.com to watch a video of Katy Hutchison speaking about her upcoming book WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT: One Woman's Journey Through Murder, Justice and Forgiveness (Raincoast, 1-55192-941-4, $32.95 cloth, available September).
http://www.raincoast.com/walkingaftermidnight/

On New Year's Eve in 1997, Katy's husband, Bob McIntosh, was murdered while trying to break up a teenagers' house party. Katy was left a widow with four-year-old twins. Five years later, Ryan Aldridge was charged with manslaughter. Katy then reached out to Ryan, and he now participates in her speaking engagements to teens about the risks arising from the combination of youth, alcohol and lack of supervision. Katy's story is one of social responsibility, restorative justice and the power of forgiveness.

Fiction for the Beach
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THE WHISTLING SEASON by Ivan Doig (Harcourt, 0-15-101237-7, $32.95 cloth)
“Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in fall 1909. And so begins the unforgettable season that deposits the non-cooking, non-biting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn in Marias Coulee, Montana. What transpires is a very funny tale of a vanished way of life and eccentric individuals.

Non-Fiction Beach Reads
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LET ME FINISH by Roger Angell (Harcourt, 0-15-101350-0, $32.95 cloth)
Roger Angell has developed a broad and devoted following through his writings in the New Yorker and as the leading baseball writer of our time. Turning to more personal matters, he takes an unsentimental look at his early days as a boy growing up in Prohibition-era New York with a remarkable father, a mother who was a founding editor of the New Yorker and a famous writer stepfather, E. B. White.

THE GREAT TURNING FROM EMPIRE TO EARTH COMMUNITY by David C. Korten (Berrett-Koehler, 1-887208-07-0, $36.95 cloth)
David Korten is the bestselling author of When Corporations Rule the World. Now Korten addresses the global corporate empire—where it came from, what its effects are and how we can change it—on a greater scale than has ever been done before. The Great Turning is a powerful call for all citizens to reclaim our right to shape an equitable, sustainable and positive future.

THE ART OF SUPERMAN RETURNS by Daniel Wallace (Chronicle, 0-8118-5344-6, $50.00 cloth)
Released in summer 2006, the Superman Returns movie is directed by Bryan Singer with a cast that includes Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor and Parker Posey as Kitty. The Art of Superman Returns is the only art book tied in to the movie. A comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the concept and the developmental art behind the film, it includes exclusive images and illustrations.

It's Berry Season
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LUSCIOUS BERRY DESSERTS by Lori Longbotham (Chronicle, 0-8118-4414-5, $24.95 cloth)
From the author of Luscious Lemon Desserts and Luscious Chocolate Desserts comes a fabulous third book in the series: a loving tribute to the berry. There are recipes for cakes, pies, tarts, shortcakes, cobblers, puddings, ice cream, sauces and more, from Blueberry Marzipan Custard to Raspberry Truffle Tart to Strawberry Crème Fraîche Ice Cream. Author Lori Longbotham—the queen of berries—also provides plenty of tips on buying and storing berries.


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UNCLE JOHN'S SAYS: "First movie star to appear on a postage stamp: Gene Kelly."


Anthony Bourdain Podcast Part 2

by monique t
News + Podcasts / July 11, 2006

ANTHONY BOURDAIN UNCENSORED: Raincoast Books Brings You a Day in the Life of a Reluctant Celebrity Chef

Listen to Part 2 of Raincoast's special 3-part podcast on Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, traveller and author of the bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and The Nasty Bits.

LISTEN NOW
Click here to play the MP3 (Runs: 12:46)

It's 8 a.m. at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks in Vancouver

- Anthony is greeted with a breakfast of champions.
- Why Barbara-Jo had to have Anthony visit her store.
- Anthony meets the fans.
- Anthony's advice on “must sample” street food vendors in New York City.
- Who comes to book signings and why.
- He just doesn't seem like your usual kind of cookbook author ...
- The best hidden cooks in New York.
- Happy 50th birthday wishes and why life is like pinball.

LISTEN NOW (MP3 runs 12:46)

Or subscribe to the podcast series
by iTunes: Searching "Raincoast" on iTunes or
(click here to subscribe directly via iTunes)

by Feedburner: http://feeds.atlargemedia.com/raincoast
........................

WHAT'S PLAYING NOW: 3-Part Podcast on Anthony Bourdain

Part 1: Bourdain's World (Play Now)

Part 2: The Book Signing (Play Now)

Part 3 in this series will be released next week on July 18.
........................

About the Anthony Bourdain Podcast
On June 12, 2006, Anthony Bourdain spent a day in Vancouver doing media interviews and bookstore appearances (see photos). He wore a lapel microphone during the entire day, allowing Raincoast Books and At Large Media to record Bourdain's casual conversation with fans, private moments in the car, and regular interview style questions. It's Bourdain as you've never heard him before.

Listen to the Raincoast Podcast


Anthony Bourdain Podast: Part 1

by monique t
News + Podcasts / July 05, 2006

ANTHONY BOURDAIN UNCENSORED
Raincoast Books Brings You a Day in the Life of a Reluctant Celebrity Chef

Listen to Part 1 of Raincoast's special 3-part podcast on Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, traveller and author of the bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and The Nasty Bits.

LISTEN NOW
Click here to play the MP3 (16.9 MB, MP3 Runs: 14:57)

Or subscribe to the podcast series
by iTunes: Searching "Raincoast" on iTunes or
(click here to subscribe directly via iTunes)

by Feedburner: http://feeds.atlargemedia.com/raincoast

About the Anthony Bourdain Podcast
On June 12, 2006, Anthony Bourdain spent a day in Vancouver doing media interviews and bookstore appearances (see photos). He wore a lapel microphone during the entire day, allowing Raincoast Books and At Large Media to record Bourdain's casual conversation with fans, private moments in the car, and regular interview style questions. It's Bourdain as you've never heard him before.

The Schedule: 3-Part Podcast on Anthony Bourdain
Part 1 starting July 4: Bourdain's World (Play Now)
Part 2 starting July 11: The Book Signing
Part 3 starting July 18: Not All Nasty Bits

Listen to the Raincoast Podcast


Harper Collins Joins Podcasters Raincoast Books and House of Anansi

by monique t
News + Podcasts / July 04, 2006

Marketing Magazine is reporting that Harper Collins Canada will launch a podcast series in mid-July consisting of interviews with Canadian authors to promote their new books. Congratulations to Harper Collins. In late November 2005 House of Anansi joined Raincoast Books as a Canadian podcaster. Here's the original post regarding Anansi. And it was way back on November 15 that Raincoast announced its first podcast. Here's Raincoast's first posting on the podcast series.

UPDATE: By the way, HarperCollins started podcasting in January 2006 with Jay Ingram. Steve Osgoode, Director Online Marketing and New Media, HarperCollinsCanada, (a guy definitely in the know) wrote me a note saying they did 21 episodes. You can hear the first podcast by visiting Jay Ingram's website.

Today Raincoast launched Podcast Edition #5, a 3-part podcast series on Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, traveller and author of the bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and The Nasty Bits.

LISTEN NOW (16.9 MB, MP3 Runs: 14:57)

Part One: Bourdain's World
- Anthony Bourdain's most surprising questions.
- How to train for a career in the entertainment business
- Listener mail
- grossest Canadian Food
- getting sick from food
- how Anthony stays trim
- How to succeed in just about anything you do
- Advice to would-be culinary school students

“Seal eyeball ... quite delicious ... I mean like sushi.”
“Having been a heroin addict is really good training for a career in the entertainment business.”
“I've only been poisoned to the point of needing immediate medical assistance once—in France, of all places.”


LISTEN NOW (16.9 MB, MP3 Runs: 14:57)

Part 2 in this series will be released next week on July 11, Part 3 on July 18.


Raincoast Launches 3-Part Podcast on Anthony Bourdain

by monique t
Food & Drink + News + Podcasts / July 04, 2006

Listen to the Raincoast Podcast
 

ANTHONY BOURDAIN UNCENSORED
Raincoast Books Brings You a Day in the Life of a Reluctant Celebrity Chef

Listen to Raincoast's special 3-part podcast of Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, traveller and author of the bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and The Nasty Bits.

The Schedule: 3-Part Podcast on Anthony Bourdain
Part 1 starting July 4: Bourdain's World (Play Now)
Part 2 starting July 11: The Book Signing
Part 3 starting July 18: Not All Nasty Bits
 

You can LISTEN NOW
Click here to play the MP3, running time: 14:53

Or subscribe to the podcast series
by iTunes: Searching "Raincoast" on iTunes or
(click here to subscribe directly via iTunes)

by Feedburner: feed://feeds.atlargemedia.com/raincoast
 

About the Anthony Bourdain Podcast
On June 12, 2006, Anthony Bourdain spent a day in Vancouver doing media interviews and bookstore appearances (see photos). He wore a lapel microphone during the entire day, allowing Raincoast Books and At Large Media to record Bourdain's casual conversation with fans, private moments in the car, and regular interview style questions. It's Bourdain as you've never heard him before.

About Raincoast Books: Raincoast Books is a Canadian publisher and distributor based in Vancouver, BC. On November 16, 2005, Raincoast officially launched its literary podcast series. Authors interviewed to date include Jim Lynch, Nathan Sellyn, and Sherri Magee and Kathy Scalzo. http://www.raincoast.com/podcast/index.html

About At Large Media: At Large Media works with world-class companies and organizations to build meaningful connections with consumers. They work across a variety of media platforms to provide clients with the strategic support they need to succeed as leaders in today's Information Economy.
See http://www.atlargemedia.com for more information.
 

Media Contact
Monique Trottier
Internet Marketing Manager of Raincoast Books
monique at raincoast dot com


Testing Email Notification

by monique t
June 28, 2006

Hello readers. Please ignore strange test posts today. I'm trying to figure out some of the technical bits of Expression Engine.


Bourdain Turns 50

by monique t
News / June 27, 2006

There's a great post on Megnut.com about Anthony Bourdain's surprise birthday party:

"So attention must be paid. Thursday night a group of about 50 friends and sinister types surprised Tony Bourdain in honor of his half-century on earth. Lured to Siberia on the pretext of an interview with Rolling Stone, Tony had little inkling of the party, judging from the unseemly blubbering that followed the revelation. The heroic drunkenness for which he is highly esteemed, however, was not long in waiting. He'd been out with Mario the night before until dawn; presumably Mario was sleeping it off, but Bourdain himself was as ever in fine form."

Read the full report on Megnut.com

Also, part 1 of the upcoming podcast of Bourdain's visit to Vancouver will be released July 4. For more info see: www.raincoast.com/podcast/


Two Characters Die in Harry Potter 7

by monique t
Harry Potter + News / June 27, 2006

CBC.ca reported yesterday that at least two characters will die in the final installment of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

The CBC was reporting on comments Rowling made in an interview broadcast Monday on Britain's Channel 4.

Rowling is quoted as saying, "The final chapter is hidden away, although it's now changed very slightly ... One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die."

She also notes that she's never been tempted to kill Harry off before the end of book seven, but that main characters are in grave danger for book seven: "A price has to be paid, we are dealing with pure evil here. They don't target extras do they? They go for the main characters ... well, I do. This is a world where some pretty nasty things can happen."

There is no announcement yet on the release date for Book 7. Fans are welcome to subscribe to the Harry Potter News Alert from Raincoast, visit www.raincoast.com/newsletters/ for details.


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