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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.


The Perfect Present for a President

by monique t
News / June 16, 2006

According to The Vancouver Sun, the U.S. State Department's Office of Protocal published a catalogue of gifts to U.S. government officials in the Federal Register today.

Among the gifts noted are two books distributed by Raincoast.

In "Bush a gifted politician, catalogue reveals" (Vancouver Sun, Friday, June 16, 2006) Brendan Murray and Ryan J. Donmoyer report that "with the U.S. at war in Iraq and engaged in a global battle against terrorists, Bush received The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and a DVD of the musical Singing in the Rain from the sultan of Brunei. The vice president of China gave his U.S. counterpart, Vice President Dick Cheney, and out-of-print copy of Sun Tzu's The Art of War, valued at $3600."

Sun Tzu's The Art of War will be released this September in a new illustrated edition, which will only cost $29.95 (a savings of $3570.05). The Art of War is practical ancient wisdom on how to beat aggression by non-aggression--with key lessons for business.

What do you think of these gift ideas? What book would you give the president?

And just a reminder: if it's perfect for a president, it's also perfect for Father's Day (remember it's this Sunday).


Anthony Bourdain: A Week in Review

by monique t
News / June 16, 2006

Early this week Anthony Bourdain charmed audiences in British Columbia.

Robert Ouimet interviewing readers for the Raincoast podcast. Click here to see more photosDuring his visit to Vancouver, Raincoast recorded an upcoming podcast with Anthony Bourdain. You can also see a couple of photos from the book signing at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks. The doors opened at 7:30 AM and by the time Bourdain arrived at 8 AM, the line-up for the signing went along 3 of the 4 walls of the store.

If you can't wait for the podcast, check out Vanessa Richmond's Tyee article about the day she spent touring around with Anthony Bourdain. You'll also be able to read some of the answers to the questions you submitted for the podcast contest.

Read about what Bourdain has to say:

On whether looking at cooking creates better eating
On how heroin prepared him for celebrity
On authenticity in the midst of the celebrity craze
On women in kitchens
On why New York slackers are fed by Mexican kitchens
On fear of clowns, rats and Paris Hilton
On people who spend $12,000 on barbeques and use them twice, a trend the New York Times called "Pimp My Grill"
On eating locally exclusively
On fast-food "crack for children", which has a hilarious quote from Anthony, "I said once that McDonald's is like crack for children. And eating in proximity to clowns is never a good thing."
On how to start eating better
On fear of food
On cynical cooks and optimistic travellers
and On food and sex

Here's the link to Vanessa's article. Thanks for the insights Vanessa!


Father’s Day Is This Sunday

by monique t
June 14, 2006

What are you going to get for the dad who has everything, including a toddler?

I suggest Crouching Father, Hidden Toddler: A Zen Guide for New Dads.

Crouching Father Hidden Toddler humorously applies the soothing wisdom of the Tao to the chaos and confusion of new fatherhood.

First-time fathers are plagued by challenges, from baby-drool stains on business suits to what to do with a dirty diaper. Solutions to these predicaments come in the form of insights borrowed from Buddhism, the author's wry observations of his own two children and 1960s kung fu movies.


Roy Miki Wins the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize for Controversy

by monique t
News / June 12, 2006

Roy Miki's book Redress won the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize for Controversy at SFU. The prize recognizes the book Redress as well as Roy's work in the redress movement.

Congratulations to Roy.


The Tyee Launches a Books Section

by monique t
News / June 12, 2006

TheTyee.ca announced today the launch of Tyee Books (www.tyeebooks.ca), an interactive forum showcasing and discussing books from B.C. and beyond.

The Tyee is an independent alternative daily newspaper available online. In the upcoming months, I expect to see excerpts of great books, lists of recommended reading, and lively interaction between writers and readers.

You can read more about The Tyee Books site at thetyee.ca and enter to win a collection of great summer reading (including Anthony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits).

http://thetyee.ca/Contests/2006/06/12/ReadingContest/


Great Summer Reads

by monique t
Fiction / June 12, 2006

Are you looking for good books to read this summer? Here's my summer reading list recommendations.

New Fiction

BETWEEN THE BRIDGE AND THE RIVER by Craig Ferguson (Chronicle, 0-8118-5375-6, $29.95 cloth)
Ferguson is best-known as host of The Late Late Show, and moviegoers may recognize him as the Glasgow hairdresser in The Big Tease and the pot-puffing lead in Saving Grace. His strange, funny, profane, surreal, and surprisingly moving first novel is about friends, religion and the entertainment industry.

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 for “A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition” that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in fall 1909. And so begins the unforgettably funny season that brings the non-cooking, non-biting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn to small-town Montana.

New in Paperback
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THE HIGHEST TIDE by Jim Lynch (Bloomsbury USA, 1-58234-629-1, $17.95 paper)
Thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley lives on Puget Sound and knows everything there is to know about the sea and its creatures. When he becomes the first person to sight a live giant squid he is hailed as some sort of prophet. It's one freakish summer for Miles.
Listen to the podcast: http://raincoast.com/highest-tide/

THE MYSTERIOUS FLAME OF QUEEN LOANA by Umberto Eco (Harcourt, 0-15-603043-8, $18.95 paper)
Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book dealer who lives in Milan, has suffered a memory loss--he can remember the plot of every book he has read, but he no longer knows his own name. He searches through his family home for old newspapers, comics, photos and diaries, reliving the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon.

Non-Fiction Summer Reads

RIVER IN THE DESERT by Paul William Roberts (Raincoast, 1-55192-963-5, $24.95 paper)
Paul William Roberts explores ancient and modern Egypt, encountering magicians, politicians, monks and archaeologists. He spends a terrifying night in the central chamber of the Great Pyramid and is smuggled into the clandestine gathering of a sufi tariqa. He is carried by boat to the great temple of Isis and reads Death on the Nile while sleeping in Agatha Christie's bed. Over several visits, Roberts discovers and reveals a country that is as rich and enduring as the Nile itself.

HIPPO EATS DWARF by Alex Boese (Harcourt, 0-15-603083-7, $18.95 paper)
Hippo Eats Dwarf demystifies hoaxes, urban legends, fake news, fake photos and fake bodies--and presents the rules for navigating the world of b.s. This is the entertaining, illuminating and essential field guide to reality.

An Otto Penzler Mystery
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LEARNING TO KILL: Stories by Ed McBain (Harcourt, 0-15-101222-9, $32.95 cloth)
Kids in trouble and women in jeopardy. Gangs and private eyes. Loose cannons and innocent bystanders. Cops and robbers. These stories prepared Evan Hunter to become Ed McBain and to write the beloved 87th Precinct novels. In individual introductions, McBain tells how and why he wrote the stories that started his legendary career.

RED LEAVES by Thomas H. Cook (Harcourt, 0-15-603234-1, $17.95 paper)
Eric Moore has a prosperous business and a stable family life in a quiet town. Then his teenage son babysits Amy Giordano, the eight-year-old daughter of a neighbouring family. The next morning Amy is missing, and Eric isn't sure his son is innocent.

2006 World Urban Forum (June 19-23, Vancouver)
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THE CITIES BOOK by Lonely Planet (1-74104-731-5, $62.50 cloth)
A Journey through the best cities in the world, The Cities Book is a pictorial coffee-table book that ventures into the top 200 cities in the world, as voted by Lonely Planet travellers, authors and staff.

CODE GREEN: Trips of a Lifetime That Won't Cost the Earth by Kerry Lorimer (Lonely Planet, 1-74104-791-9, $25.95 paper)
Sustainable travel and responsible tourism are practices that are gaining popularity around the world as people recognize the fragility, as well as the wonders, of our planet. Code Green offers a guide for people who are looking for unique and culturally authentic travel experiences that protect and preserve the ecological and cultural environment.

The above titles were also featured in Raincoast's June Title Wave Newsletter. The Title Wave Newsletter is a monthly email newsletter about new fiction and nonfiction titles. Each newsletter includes a contest draw for a featured title. To sign up for the Raincoast newsletter visit, Raincoast.com/newsletters/


Anthony Bourdain Podcast

by monique t
Food & Drink + News + Podcasts / June 12, 2006

UPDATE: Listen to Part 1 of the 3-part podcast with Anthony Bourdain. For all three parts visit www.raincoast.com/podcast/

Robert Ouimet is currently on location with Anthony Bourdain. He is recording the upcoming Raincoast podcast of Tony's BC tour.

Here's a sample of the questions you wanted to ask Tony:

What was the most interesting/gross Canadian dish you have tried and what words of wisdom would you give a young traveller looking for a culinary adventure?
Sherrie from Kemptville, ON

Have you ever gotten ill from the food in any of the exotic locations you have visited?
Sandra from Cornwall, PEI

How did you get started in writing?
Wanda from Winnipeg, Manitoba

What was your first job?
Ken of Vancouver, BC

I would like to know how Mr. Bourdain stays to slim. I know his whole life is food, and he has admitted he does not exercise, so how in the sweet moses does he stay so thin? And handsome?
Jen in the Chicago 'burbs.

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for Anthony Bourdain. Listen to the upcoming Raincoast podcast to hear Tony's answers. Previous podcasts are available at www.raincoast.com/podcast/


Cars Opens in Theatres Tonight

by monique t
June 09, 2006

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.

Watch the movie, then find out the story behind the artwork.

The Art of Cars (published by Chronicle Books) 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 uncover the origins of a charming and clever automobile-based world.

See more The Art Of ... books.


Cars Opens in Theatres Tonight

by monique t
June 09, 2006

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.

Watch the movie, then find out the story behind the artwork.

The Art of Cars (published by Chronicle Books) 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 uncover the origins of a charming and clever automobile-based world.

See more The Art Of ... books.


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