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Inkstuds: A Radio Show About Comic Books

by monique t
Graphica + News / July 27, 2006

Listen to Inkstuds today with host Robin McConnel.

Inkstuds is a radio show about comic books. They had a great line up for July, which featured Fred Grisolm and Jamie Deegaley, creators of Filth, Hole, Hatesong and more; Peter Bagge, creator of Hate, Apocalypse Nerd, neat stuff and more; a retrospective on Krazy Kat with special guest Jeet Heer; AND TODAY Gareth Gaudin, creator of Magic Teeth Comics--he's doing a comic everyday for the rest of his life.

Listen Thursday (today) at 2 pm PST on C.I.T.R. 101.9 FM

Visit http://www.citr.ca/

Or listen to the podcast version of the Inkstuds radio show available on
http://www.crowncommission.com/inkstuds

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Scrapbook Using Magnetic Poetry

by monique t
News / July 26, 2006

Scrapbooks by Design is a very cool Canadian company. The Scrapbooks by Design store first opened in Toronto in 2003, and their website allows you to order online, but it also lets scrapbookers post examples of their scrapbook layouts. I think this is a fantastic idea.

The sample shown here is from the gallery and shows one half of a two-page layout. The little word tiles are from Magnetic Poetry (distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books).


You Are Invited to the World’s Longest Barbecue

by monique t
News / July 25, 2006

Flavours of Canada presents: The World's Longest Barbecue 2006 Edition
5514 kilometres, 6 time zones, 33 million guests

Saturday, August 5 @ 6 p.m.
http://www.flavoursofcanada.ca

This is a call to action…an open invitation to all Canadians everywhere on earth to head to their grills at 6 p.m. Saturday August 5, 2006 and create the largest food event in the nation's history.

Let's celebrate our land, its ingredients and each other.

To join the party log on to http://www.flavoursofcanada.ca
Register by telling us your story; your menu and some of the special ingredients that we can claim as our own.

Cool door prizes will be awarded for the most authentic Canadian BBQ menus.

Prizes include:
BBQ Best Cookbook Special and hard cover Everyday Favourites (Canadian Living Magazine).
10 copies of the new edition of Anita Stewart's book, Flavours of Canada: A Celebration of the Finest Regional Foods (Raincoast Books).
GRAND PRIZE is a Weber Genesis Silver C gas grill valued at $850. ( http://www.weber.com )

Log on, sign up and spread the word.

The time: 6 p.m. no matter what time zone you're in!

The date: Saturday, August 5

The location: Wherever you are ... on a beach or in a northern forest; in your backyard, beside the pool, aboard a fishing boat or on your balcony ... it makes no difference. Just wave the flag while you're cooking Canadian.

Party on!

For more information visit: http://www.flavoursofcanada.ca
Or contact Anita Stewart: http://www.anitastewart.ca

Anita Stewart is the author of Flavours of Canada (published by Raincoast Books.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Available in Paperback

by monique t
Harry Potter + News / July 24, 2006

The Canadian Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is available in paperback tomorrow, July 25.

About the book
It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Durselys' house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys' of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks' time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine ...

Reviews
"... book six has all the magical whizbangery and sorcerous goings-on you could want ...There are enough loose ends to keep us all guessing until the final volume of the saga appears."--Toronto Star

"... the time you take working through this sixth and next-to-last book in J.K. Rowling's remarkable series will be well spent."--Edmonton Journal

"The pace is tight, the content multi-layered with the author packing a myriad minor plots to enhance the overall read."--Vancouver Sun

"Here we go again ... 608 pages of missing your stop and making lame excuses not to go out. It's every bit as heartbreaking and terrifying as you're secretly hoping. The best Potter yet? Could be."--Heat magazine


Book News Round-Up

by monique t
Graphica + News + Podcasts / July 21, 2006

July 19, 2006 article on MarketWatch.com by Frank Barnako, "Why Anthony Bourdain cooked up podcasts"
Link to Article: "Almost 3,000 miles from the book capital of the world, a small Canadian company is using the Internet to compete with the industry's giants ..."

July 21, 2006 article in the Tyee on must-read books on the Middle East--includes Palestine by Joe Sacco (Fantagraphics)
Link to article, "What to Read While the Cradle Burns": "Far from dry policy prescriptions, these compelling narratives stand apart from myriad other books in the field by relating the human story behind the headlines and focusing on fundamental issues that rarely make the news ..."

July 20, 3 Drawn & Quarterly books are shortlisted for the Canadian cartooning award.
Link to Quill and Quire article: In the best book category Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle, Wimbledon Green by Seth and Paul Moves Out by Michel Rabagliati join Dragonslippers: This Is What an Abusive Relationship Looks Like by Rosalind B. Penfold (Penguin Canada) and Scott Pilgrim Volume 2 by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Oni Press).

July 19: The Art of Superman Returns give-away on Jack FM
For info visit: www.m2omedia.com and scroll down to THE ART OF SUPERMAN RETURNS
"This is a must-have for true Superman fans. Daniel Wallace's The Art of Superman Returns features exclusive interviews and background detail alongside photos, sketches, storyboards and production art covering everything from the iconic 'S' logo and Metropolis, to the Fortress of Solitude and beyond!

July 18: ELLE's best books "From serious to sexy and everywhere in between, here are some hot summer reads" by Kat Tancock.
Link to the article: Featured books include Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faiza Guene (Harcourt), "... for a taste of what has been called the Bridget Jones of the Paris suburbs, pick up Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by French writer Faiza Guene ..." and A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson (Princeton Architectural Press), "... Once you've browsed through her selections of Japanese cultural tidbits, from the wide selection of beautiful washcloths to illustrations of plum, apple and cherry blossoms, you'll come away with a deeper appreciation of Japanese culture--not to mention a gorgeous book to brighten your coffee table."

July 17: New York City: 4th Edition (Lonely Planet) by Beth Greenfield & Robert Reid reviewed on the BookLoons website. Link to the article:"There's a certain quality to travel guides, an element that makes these types of books informative and instructional, but rarely entertaining. Lonely Planet's New York City guide breaks that mold. It is as full as charm, energy, and engaging, provocative attitude as the inhabitants of New York themselves."


The World’s Longest Barbecue

by monique t
News / July 21, 2006

Flavours of Canada presents: The World's Longest Barbecue 2006 Edition
5514 kilometres, 6 time zones, 33 million guests

From the Flavours of Canada press release:

Wherever they live on earth Canadians are being challenged to log on, register, then head to their grills on Saturday August 5 at 6 p.m. to create The World's Longest Barbecue--one of the largest food events in Canada, if not globally. They are then asked to spread the word.

Barbecue creator and culinary activist, Anita Stewart says: "The World's Longest Barbecue was, and is, a pride-filled grass roots celebration of our extraordinary agricultural bounty. It gives Canadians a chance to barbecue Canadian food and quaff Canadian beverages — usually of the frosty sort and share their stories."

It's all about Canada! Support Canadian agriculturalists. Cook Canadian on August 5.

Registered participants have an opportunity to win dozens of cookbooks and a grand prize of a Weber Silver C gas grill valued at $850. Selections will be based on the most interesting example of a Canadian menu and a random draw.

For more information visit: http://www.flavoursofcanada.ca
Or contact Anita Stewart: http://www.anitastewart.ca

Anita Stewart is the author of Flavours of Canada (published by Raincoast Books.


Frank Barnako Writes on Why Anthony Bourdain Cooked Up Podcasts

by monique t
News + Podcasts / July 20, 2006

Raincoast Books and the Anthony Bourdain podcasts were featured yesterday in Frank Barnako's Internet Daily column.
Read the article here.

Mr. Barnako and I had a very interesting conversation earlier in the day about Anthony Bourdain, Raincoast's online program and how podcasts fit into the mix.

Here's one of my quotes from the article: “I don't see the Raincoast podcasts as a replacement to mainstream media,” she [Monique Trottier] continued. “I see them as an augmentation to the existing book coverage on radio, TV, and print. More people are gravitating online after hearing a book recommendation from a friend, or listening to a radio interview with the author, or seeing a TV spot. I want to make sure they can find what they're looking for, including the extras like a podcast, a chapter excerpt, an interview with the author.”

What I love about the Bourdain podcasts is that intimacy you get listening into his private conversations vs. hearing him speak at an author event.

If you haven't had a chance to listen to the 3-Part Podcast: Anthony Bourdain Uncensored, have a listen.

Part One: Bourdain's World

Part Two: The Book Signing

Part Three: Not All Nasty Bits

And thank you again to Frank Barnako for his fine article on Anthony Bourdain and the Raincoast podcasts.


Final Anthony Bourdain Podcast Now Available

by monique t
News + Podcasts / July 18, 2006

Raincoast Books--Podcast Edition 7--The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain

The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Useable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain

LISTEN NOW (23.4 MB, MP3 Runs: 16:10)

This is the final installment of Raincoast's 3-part podcast series with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, the best selling author of Kitchen Confidential and The Nasty Bits, and host of the TV show No Reservations.

On June 12, 2006, Anthony Bourdain spent a day in Vancouver doing media interviews and bookstore appearances to talk about his new book The Nasty Bits.
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.
..........

In Part Three--Not All Nasty Bits Anthony Bourdain talks about:
- What chefs have in common
- Whether he misses day to day restaurant work
- and what he's afraid of.

Bourdain also discusses:
- Work ethic
- The Omelette of Truth
- Human nature
- Advice for the fast foodie
- Pub food
- Tattoos
- How he started writing
- and what he's working on next.


LISTEN NOW (23.4 MB, MP3 Runs: 16:10)



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The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury USA, 1-58234-451-5).
Distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.


Anthony Bourdain in Beirut

by monique t
News / July 17, 2006

From the Georgia Straight Views Blog, "Anthony Bourdain has no reservations in Beirut."

Bourdain and his Travel Channel film crew for "No Reservations" are currently stuck in Beirut. They flew in Sunday to film for the show but now, due to the assault on the city, are holed up at the Moevenpick Hotel waiting for evacuation instructions.

There's a discussion forum off the Travel Channel website, which includes updates from Bourdain regarding the situation. Follow the "Talk About It!" links from the Bourdain site:
http://travel.discovery.com/fansites/bourdain/bourdain.html

In other Bourdain news, part 3 of his insider look at cooking and kitchens will be available tomorrow on the Raincoast website and from iTunes:
http://www.raincoast.com/podcast/index.html


Anthony Bourdain Dishes

by monique t
News / July 17, 2006

The final segment of the 3-part Anthony Bourdain podcast goes live tomorrow.

While you're waiting, enter the Abebooks contest to win a signed copy of Anthony Bourdain's latest book The Nasty Bits.

Here's the link to the contest and you can read the Abebooks' interview with Anthony Bourdain as well.

Stay tuned for the podcast:
http://www.raincoast.com/podcast/index.html


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