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Raincoast Launches 3-Part Podcast on Anthony Bourdain

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

Listen to the Raincoast Podcast

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

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)

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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.

World Premiere of Greenpeace: Making a Stand

by monique t
Current Affairs + Environment + Events + News / June 26, 2006

Omnifilm presents the World Premiere of Greenpeace: Making a Stand a documentary by Director, Leigh Badgley.

In 2004, Raincoast published Greenpeace by Rex Weyler. With an historian's insight and a novelist's style, Weyler introduces us to the characters and events that shaped an "eco-navy"--from the first voyage into the Pacific to "stop the bomb" to the risky mission to "save the whales" to the struggles with money and ideology that accompanied success.

Like the book, the documentary film reveals the remarkable achievement of the citizens of Vancouver who started Greenpeace and the world citizens who continue the work today. The book and documentary are a snapshot of the mid-20th-century zeitgeist; a fascinating study of media manipulation; an uncompromising look at the sometimes brutal internal struggles of activist organizations; and above all, an inspiring call-to-arms that deepens our understanding of what it means to be politically engaged.

The evening will be hosted by Terry David Mulligan with some original members of Greenpeace.

Chan Centre, UBC,
Tuesday, June 27,
6:00 reception, 7:00 show.

RSVP to (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The film will be aired again in September on GlobalTV.

Timothy Leary Review in New York Times

by monique t
June 26, 2006

Timothy Leary by Robert Greenfield was reviewed in the New York Times Books section this weekend. Reviewer Luc Sante says, "nearly every page is riveting in Timothy Leary, which unfolds like the great novel Sinclair Lewis might have written had he lived to the age of 120. Greenfield is not one of those biographers who set out to besmirch their subjects and deplore their lives, and for whom every detail is an indictment. Neither, unlike many, does he seek foreshadowing in every trespass of his subject's youth."

To read the full review visit, NYTimes.com.

Beat Boredom with a Book

by monique t
News / June 26, 2006

The early days of summer are often filled with pool hopping and play groups, but when the heat sets in and the regular routine becomes watching tv and wandering about the house, it's time for a book diversion.

Here are some tips for keeping kids active and reading during summer, as suggested by Akron Beacon Journal (part of Knight Ridder Newspapers):

Hang out at the library. It's air-conditioned, kid-friendly, and most offer summer programs aimed at children.

Give your child a book allowance/budget, perhaps in the form of a bookstore gift card.

Give kids as much leeway as possible in making their own choices about what to read.

Place books around the house where kids are likely to welcome a diversion.

Introduce kids to many kinds of books, including biographies, mysteries, fantasies, literary novels and poetry. Some readers may find age-appropriate comic books and graphic novels especially engaging.

Encourage kids to view a variety of materials as "reading," including magazines, newspapers and reference books.

Pack a "booknic." Add some books to a picnic lunch and read outdoors.

Form a kids' book club, or a "movie and book" club in which kids read books that have been made into movies. When they've finished the books, rent the movies and talk about the differences and similarities and which they liked better and why. Examples include Holes, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Chronicles of Narnia, Hoot, the Princess Diaries series and, of course, the Harry Potter series.

Make it a contest. Let siblings, cousins or friends challenge one another to see who can read the most books over the summer. Variations might include who can read the most or who can be the first to finish a series.

Put on a show. Help kids stage a play based on a book they read together.

Make reading a part of the family vacation. Kids can read brochures about destinations before you go and listen to books on tape on the way there. Find a book in the gift shop that reinforces what you've seen. Or plan a vacation to a place featured in a favorite story.

Sources: Scholastic, Woman's Day

This is My Experiment with Suzanne

by monique t
News / June 23, 2006

See how easy.

PGC Books

UPDATE: My colleague from PGC Book is visiting the Raincoast office today and we're talking about the miracle of blogs, and just how easy it is to maintain a website that is run on blog software.

Here are some of the Raincoast and PGC publishers who also blog:

Soft Skull Press

This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you are a book publisher and would like to list your blog, please enter the link into the comments field and I'll update the main list.

Saudi Women Bloggers Speak Out

by monique t
News / June 22, 2006

Poynter Online published an article yesterday, Saudi Women Bloggers Push Limits by Amy Gahran, about Saudi female bloggers who are expressing political and social opinions on blogs. In Canada, that would be nothing extraordinary, but in many parts of the world this type of public free speech is frowned upon, censored or illegal.

Gahran points out the value of blogs to free speech using the example of a citizen-journalistic blog by Saudi female "Ruba": "It exposes people to a perspective they probably wouldn't encounter through media, or in open conversation. More importantly, it gives voice to a woman--a young woman--from a society where female voices are hushed or actively suppressed."

The article also links to GlobalVoicesOnline.org, a non-profit citizen' media project whose editors work to find and aggregate and track the conversation of "bridge bloggers", people who are talking about their country or region to a global audience.

We Are Iran by Nasrin Alavi, published by Raincoast, also reflects the importance of blogs to citizens of Iran and the risks they take by blogging.

"The worst that could happen to a blogger in the West is that they might be looked upon as self-absorbed 'cyber-geeks' or 'anoraks', but in Iran--a country that Reporters san Frontieres called 'the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East'--honest self-expression carries a heavy price. In the last six years as many as 100 print publications, including 41 daily newspapers, have been closed by Iran's hardline judiciary ... In April 2003 Iran became the first government to take direct action against bloggers."

For more on We Are Iran, visit www.raincoast.com/weareiran/

Quilt of Belonging Finds a Home

by monique t
News / June 19, 2006

The Quilt of Belonging, a 120 foot long and 10 foot high quilt, featuring 263 quilt blocks, one for each country and culture that makes up the Canadian fabric, will be housed permanently in Cornwall, likely in the city's cotten mill district.

Although plans are not confirmed, a revitalization group, Heart of the City, has engaged the services of a consultant to help develop an implementation strategy for the permanent placement of the quilt, which is currently on a cross-country tour.

Heart of the City project co-ordinator Denis Carr said the location would also serve as a textile museum to showcase the history of Cornwall's cotton mills.

As mentioned, the quilt is currently on tour. The show opened at the Museum of Civilization on April 1, 2005 and is being exhibited across Canada, with plans to continue touring for several years to come. The quilt has garnered much media attention as well as support from government and corporate sponsors, including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Hudson's Bay Company.

Maple Tree Press has published a companion book for children 8-12, with stunning photos of the quilt. The Quilt of Belonging is a highly visual book that tells remarkable stories of Canada's cultural mosaic and shows kids how to make their own quilt of belonging.

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