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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.

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.

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