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26 Rep Picks to Read this Fall

by Melissa
October 12, 2017

It's the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book, and we have the best fall reading recommendations for you from our sales reps!
 

Judy Parker

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
by Cherise Wolas
"Debut novelist Cherise Wolas has an interesting background as a film producer and lawyer and has used that to create her first novel. Joan Ashby deals with the conflict between the sacrifices demanded by a motherhood she didn’t want and her overriding passion as a writer. The novel has already been praised for its emotional insight, depth and storytelling. Canadian readers are lucky to have a paperback version to buy!"

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King
by Ben Hatke
"Ben Hatke’s first graphic novel, Zita the Space Girl, helped to convert me to a reader of graphic novels. It is really exciting to be able to follow the further adventures of Jack and his little sister Maddy as they battle monsters in other realms in Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. Hatke has a great ability to create compelling characters."
 

Saffron Beckwith

The Cities Book
by Lonely Planet
"An amazing book that makes you want to pack your bags and take off!"

Imagine
by John Lennon, illustrated by Jean Jullien
"One of my favourite songs of all time beautifully illustrated…’nuff said."
 

Dani Farmer

One Line a Day
by Yao Chang
"I keep meaning to start journaling but there never seems to be time! I’m pretty sure even I could manage to write one line a day though. This new version has the same great content of the original with a gorgeous new cover that will look fantastic on my bedside table."

Book or Bell?
by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ashley Spires
"Who amongst us hasn’t gotten caught up in a good book and forgotten about our other responsibilities and the world around us? This book perfectly captures the “Aww Phooey” moment when the real world interrupts our quality reading time. It’ll take more than a noisy bell to pull my nose out of this one!"

 

Karen Stacey

Three Daughters of Eve
by Elif Shafak
"Time — Now. Scene — One evening’s dinner party at a wealthy Turkish mansion. Content — One woman’s recollections of her past. Concerns the role of religion in secular life and what it means to be a woman in contemporary Turkey. This gripping novel from international bestselling novelist Elif Shafak is Bloomsbury’s lead fiction for Fall. A must read."

This Is Where It Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp
"#1 New York Times bestseller, Buzzfeed Best YA of 2016, #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016, Winter ‘15 Kids Indie Next List, Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month. Marieke Nijkamp is an executive member of “We Need Diverse Books” and the founder of DiversifYA. She knows her subject and she understands misfit kids. This is a hard hitting novel that describes 54 minutes of terror in a typical high school and how things can go very wrong with very little warning."
 

Jessica Price

The Solo Travel Handbook
by Lonely Planet
"As an avid traveler, who has never traveled alone, this essential guide gave me the confidence to plan a solo travel adventure. Packed with tips and tricks as well as sound travel advice from experienced travelers, this book is a great resource for novice and experienced travelers alike."

Accident!
by Andrea Tsurumi
"This laugh-out-loud and charming story is a great reminder for children (and adults!) that accidents happen, and provides an excellent teaching opportunity about remorse, empathy and forgiveness."
 

Vanessa Di Gregorio

The Tiger's Daughter
by K Arsenault Rivera
"A lush fantasy set in an Eastern feudal world, where two women from across borders will come together to fight against demons encroaching upon their world? Yes please! Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and N.K. Jemisin."

Retribution Rails
by Erin Bowman
"I’ve been anxiously awaiting this companion to Vengeance Road, where a train-robber in possession of a mysterious coin and an aspiring journalist cross paths and try to manipulate each other to their advantage, in this violent and gritty YA Western."

 

Laurie Martella

Spiroglyphics
by Thomas Pavitte
"I was agog when, like magic through the tip of a sharpie, images come to life by shading within the lines of this graphic puzzle. THIS. IS. GENIUS!"

The Bad Decisions Playlist
by Michael Rubins
"You will be charmed and humoured by Austin, the slacker with half-written songs, in what is cleverly titled The Bad Decisions Playlist. This heartbreakingly funny story is what you would expect from author Michael Rubens, field producer and correspondent on ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,’ and he’s worked with the likes of John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and John Stewart - enough said!"
 

Lorna McDonald

The Un-Discovered Islands
by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott
"Be prepared to be captivated by the astounding tales of two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. From the well-known myth of Atlantis to more obscure tales from around the globe, this fully-illustrated work is an atlas of legend and wonder."

Nobody's Duck
by Mary Sullivan
"A lost duck and grumpy alligator embark on a quest to find out where the duck belongs. From the library to skydiving, from exasperation to laughter, the two make an unexpected discovery about friendship. Told with minimal text and comic strip style illustration, this is a story for parents and kids to enjoy over and over."
 

Jenny Enriquez

Baking with Kafka
by Tom Gauld
"Baking With Kafka collects some of Tom Gauld’s funniest and most engaging strips about literature and pop culture from his weekly series in The Guardian. A book about books?! Sign me up!"

Nothing Rhymes with Orange
by Adam Rex
"A hilarious, charming story about feeling left out and having your best pals swoop in and make you feel included and special in the end. I finished reading it and re-read it immediately. Then I read it to everyone in my office (or whoever would listen)."
 

Morgen Young

Class Mom
by Laurie Gelman
"A less-than-conventional Mom finds herself in a very conventional Mom’s position — married and on the PTA! After raising 2 kids on her own, Jen now has a son entering kindergarten and a husband by her side… but is she ready to deal with the bunk that is rampant in the land of school Moms and PTA politics? A hilarious (and irreverent) read."

Florette
by Anna Walker
"Totally adorable with lovely watercolour illustrations. Friends and flowers, what’s better than that?"
 

Evette Sintichakis

The End of the World Running Club
by Adrian Walker
"This is a very real post-apocalyptic novel set in England. It has all the parts that make a good dystopian thriller – asteroids hit, the earth becomes mostly wasteland, and it’s quickly becoming every man for himself. Amidst these end of the world events, one man has to do the impossible if he wants a chance at reuniting with his family. He must run to them – literally – because he won’t make it in time if he walks. Together with other amateur runners, they begin to run every day, all day. Not all of them will make it. This is for readers who like stories of hope, love, and pushing yourself to your limit. I am very excited for this one!"

The Quiet Crocodile
by Natacha Andriamirado and Delphine Renon
"Sometimes friends can be a bother, especially when you’re Fossil the Crocodile and all you want is some quiet. The Quiet Crocodile will appeal to everyone. The beautiful illustrations will have readers seeing new details each time they read the book. It’s a great book for introverted kids. It’s clever, it’s silly, and kids will love it!"
 

Ali Hewitt

The Fortunes
by Peter Ho Davies
"A beautifully written novel that tells the story of Chinese immigration to America, told through the tales of four characters, living through four different eras. I can’t say enough about how absorbing and impressive I found this book."

Fowl Play
by Travis Nichols
"This book is full of non-stop laughs, as the team at Gumshoe Zoo Detective Agency solve a mystery and speak almost entirely in idioms. The panel illustrations make this perfect for beginning readers, and the jokes are ideal for kids aged 5-8."
 

Laureen Cusack

The Ninth Hour
by Alice McDermott
"The Ninth Hour is a portrait of the Irish-Catholic immigrant community living in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s. At the heart of the story is a young man who suffers great emotional pain and sadly, ends his life. His tragic death casts a dark shadow over his family and the generations that follow."

Herbert's First Halloween
by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Steven Henry
"Halloween night can be a scary time for young trick-or-treaters. But in this charming story a father demonstrates how he helps his son prepare for his first Halloween night."


It’s Time to #PlayTestShare!

by Melissa
Kids / September 18, 2017

With fall right around the corner it’s the perfect time to gather your family around the kitchen table and enjoy one of the many games, activities and interactive books available from Chronicle Books and Laurence King. We sent some of our new fall favourites to a team of bloggers across the country to play, test, and share their findings with the rest of us while offering a chance to enter and win a game or book of your choice from the selection presented below.

The contest will run from September 19th to the 28th and participating reviewers include 3 Plus a Bunny, A Net in Time, Book Time, Discovering Parenthood, Fab Book Reviews, Frugal Mom Eh, Glimpse Reviews, MBA Mama Musings, My Little House of Treasures, Quillable, The Mommy Mix, and Working Mommy Journal.

Tag us @RaincoastBooks and use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites!


After Dinner Amusements: Family Time
This is a fun little twist on classic games and activities and offers easy amusement during family dinners, holiday gatherings and road trips! This miniature deck of cards features fifty thoughtful and playful questions about the past, present, and future – a great way for family members to connect and learn new things about one another.

Animal Friends on Parade Puzzle
From a gorilla in a party hat to a hedgehog rat-a-tat-tatting on his drum, these animal friends from different habitats—the jungle, farm, woodland, and Arctic—know that togetherness is something to celebrate. Featuring twelve double-sided uniquely die-cut pieces by artist Junzo Terada, this fun puzzle offers (nearly) endless combinations, providing hours of entertainment.

Say Zoop!
The newest book from Herve Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page's reaction. Tullet's books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions. The reward is tremendous: a journey of whimsy and sheer fun that extends well beyond the book's pages.

Donner Dinner Party
Who's safe when there are cannibals hiding among you? That's the question at the heart of this fast-paced game of social deduction in which cannibals and pioneers face off in a fight for survival. Set in the winter of 1846, players are members of the ill-fated Donner Party wagon train, stranded atop a mountain with no food. Rowdy, outrageous, and full of deception, this party game packs a delightfully wicked twist!

Ghost Story Box
Based on a unique and original format, this game contains 20 story-telling puzzle pieces printed on both sides. Each piece can be interchanged or flipped over to allow for all kinds of plot twists and turns, and there are even two alternative endings! When all the puzzle pieces are used, they stretch out to over 8-feet long to tell your own mega ghost story!

Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs
Press out, slot together and play with your very own T-Rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Pteranodon. Created by talented paper artist and engineer Sato Hisao, each of these detailed 3D models comes with easy-to-follow assembly instructions. No scissors or glue required!

Star Wars Super Graphic
Graphic design guru Tim Leong presents STAR WARS trivia via playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda's idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin's management decisions, STAR WARS SUPER GRAPHIC shines a new light on the much-adored universe. Equal parts playful and informative, this visual love letter to the vast STAR WARS universe will enchant fans of all ages.

Travel Matching Game
Mix and match with this classic matching game, which includes 36 robust, jumbo-size cards featuring charming illustrations by Greg Pizzoli that will have kids ready to pack up their bags and explore the world! Children will adore pairing colorful images of suitcases, taxis, stop signs, and other classic travel imagery as they develop memory, concentration, and identification skills.

Royal Bingo
This majestically illustrated bingo game features portraits of 64 royal icons from around the world. Spot famous faces like William and Kate, or meet some less familiar figures such as the playboy prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. Each royal is further brought to life in an accompanying booklet, which details their personalities, foibles, gaffes and romances. Who will reign supreme?


10 Books to Read this Summer

by Melissa
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + YA Fiction / June 02, 2017


The books you need in your beach bag this summer.
 

Salt Houses

by Hala Alyan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: May 2, 2017
$37.00 cdn · 320 pages
9780544192588 · cl

A stunning debut that spans several generations, Salt Houses is a gorgeous story that explores family, displacement, and identity.

“Moving and beautifully written, Alyan's debut chronicles three generations of a Palestinian family as they face two life-altering displacements—the first after 1967's Six-Day War, and the second following Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait."Entertainment Weekly

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin

by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury

Available: May 2, 2017
$24.99 cdn · 720 pages
9781619634480 · cl

The highly-anticipated conclusion in the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin is the perfect summer read: featuring high political stakes, page-turning action, and a captivating romance, this novel will keep you glued to the edge of your beach chair!

“If you want juicy romance, badass women (and men too!), politics (not the boring kind), magic, and unforgettable characters, then pick up this series ASAP.”PopSugar

 

Fake Plastic Love

by Kimberley Tait
Flatiron Books

Available: May 9, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 352 pages
9781250093899 · cl / 9781250154965 · pb

Debut Canadian author Kimberley Tait tells a Gatsby-inspired coming-of-age tale about 4 millennials as they navigate life after college in Manhattan—an ideal read for when you’re laying poolside.

"With sweeping nods to Fitzgerald and other writers of the Gilded Age, Tait's debut novel sparkles with vitality and conscience … Fluid, graceful, and unfaltering prose highlights this remarkable novel; relatable characters and themes complete the package."Publishers Weekly

 

God-Shaped Hole

by Tiffanie DeBartolo
Sourcebooks

Available: May 16, 2017
$23.99 cdn · 416 pages
9781492646945 · pb

Rediscover the novel that inspires readers to live, and love, as vividly as possible with this 15th-anniversary reissue! This beautiful love story will sweep you away.

"With wit and humor, the author brings these characters and their quirky, artsy friends alive. Bottom Line: You'll dig it"People Magazine

 

Come Sundown

by Nora Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Available: May 30, 2017
$38.99 cdn · 480 pages
9781250123077 · cl

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has a new novel on the horizon for you to fall in love with this summer! Written with Nora Roberts’ deft hand, the romance and suspense will keep you flipping pages until sundown.

“Roberts always tells a good story that balances romance and suspense, but in this title, the narrative is deeper, the mystery is more layered, and with Alice, Roberts moves into another level of exploring physical and emotional trauma and the powerful balm of family and love. [Roberts] is moving into more complex and darker storytelling, to terrific effect."Kirkus starred review

 

Blackout

by Marc Elsberg
Sourcebooks

Available: June 6, 2017
$37.99 cdn cl / $24.95 cdn pb · 320 pages
9781492654414 · cl / 9781492658337 · pb

Looking for a thrilling read while you’re soaking up some rays? Pick up Blackout by Marc Elsberg! This terrifyingly plausible debut about an international hacker attack is sure to capture your attention.

"Fast, tense, thrilling - and timely: this will happen one day. Highly recommended." Lee Child

 

The People We Hate at the Wedding

by Grant Ginder
Flatiron Books

Available: June 6, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 336 pages
9781250095206 · cl / 9781250154910 · pb

Summer is wedding season, so before you attend your next nuptials, make sure to check out this hilarious and entertaining novel about a dysfunctional family gathering together for a wedding, and the problems that ensue.

"Witty and completely absorbing, The People We Hate at the Wedding is family dysfunction at its best— full of heart, humor, and jealous siblings. This novel is addicting and entertaining and I couldn't put it down!" –Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author ofGirls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls

 

The Fourth Monkey

by J.D. Barker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 27, 2017
$37.00 cdn · 416 pages
9780544968844 · cl

“Se7en” meets “The Silence of the Lambs” in this dark and fast-paced novel from J.D. Barker which follows an investigator as he races to find the final victim of a terrifying serial killer before it’s too late. This one will have you sleeping with the lights on!

"Bram Stoker Award finalist Barker ingeniously blends horrific images into a bizarre plotline to create this devilishly dark thriller." Library Journal

 

The Breakdown

by B.A. Paris
St. Martin's Press

Available: July 18, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 336 pages
9781250122469 · cl / 9781250153029 · pb

From New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris comes another unforgettable, suspenseful read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Publishers Weekly’s starred review calls it “another first-rate psychological thriller!”

"This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris' 2016 best-seller debut Behind Closed Doors; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list." Booklist starred review

 

Glass Houses

by Louise Penny
Minotaur

Available: August 29, 2017
$33.99 cdn · 400 pages
9781250066190 · cl

#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louise Penny is a master of mysteries, and her latest installment in the Chief Inspector Gamache Novel series will not disappoint! In Glass Houses, Gamache will confront new trials and face his own conscience. In a book that pushes the boundaries of the genre, Louise Penny’s latest can’t be missed.


#PlayTestShare: Spring Break!

by Melissa
Kids / March 07, 2017

It’s time for another #PlayTestShare! Chronicle, Twirl and Princeton have developed a reputation for quality books, games and colouring books that inspire creativity and imagination for kids of all ages.  And with Spring Break around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to send our favourites to enthusiastic bloggers and book reviewers to play, test and share with their readers!

Check out their reviews during the week ahead and enter to win one of ten offerings at any of these participating blogs: My Little House of Treasures, British Columbia Mom, Frugal Mom Eh, Book Time, Our Happy Place, 3 Plus a Bunny, Fab Book Reviews, The Mommy Mix, Quillable, Working Mommy Journal, Glimpse Reviews, Discovering Parenthood, MBA Mama Musings, and Kinderlit.

Tag us @RaincoastBooks and use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites!

Contest runs from March 9 to March 16.

#PlayTestShare Picks for Spring Break 2017:

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo

A classic family-friendly game gets revved up with a winning combination of construction vehicles and farm animals, featuring artwork from the picture book Old MacDonald Had a Truck. With six illustrated, double-sided game boards plus a set of colorful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site--this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there's nothing they can't do!

Quicktionary

Introducing a new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night.

642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s and Artist’s Edition

A new offering in the wildly popular 642 series, this unique journal encourages young creators to dive deep into the subject they know best-themselves! Packed with quirky, thought-provoking, and imaginative drawing and writing prompts, this journal a fun way for kids to document their lives, jump-start their creative talent, and produce a memorable keepsake-or the first draft of their bestselling memoir.

TouchThinkLearn Fly!

A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable-and movable-characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings.

Space Playing Cards
Featuring Photos from Nasa Archives

Launch into your favorite card games while immersing yourself in deep space! Each playing card features extraordinary NASA photography and two Pantone colors on beautifully designed card backs. Includes a complete 52-card playing deck, plus 2 jokers.

Birds of the World

A beautifully illustrated guide that introduces aspiring ornithologists to fun facts through a range of coloring activities, removable stickers, and a short quiz. In the process, children learn about the rich variety of birds living in our world, including nightingales, swallows, hummingbirds, pelicans, penguins, parrots, toucans, and flamingos, and many more.

Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book

This fresh new coloring book renders foxes, birds, hedgehogs, and more with a prismatic look that makes them as cool to display as they are pleasing to color. With just the right level of detail, these unique designs can easily be completed in one sitting if so desired, but those who want a more involved coloring session can opt for a 3-dimensional look-and make these animals leap off the page.

Ultimate Book of Cities

Featuring 59 flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs and movable parts, this all-you-need-to-know guide provides detailed information about what makes a city tick: from the different ways of getting around and what goes on in all the big buildings, to what traffic signs mean and who are all the people who keep the city in tip-top shape!

Towering Tree Puzzle

Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!


#PlayTestShare: Family Game Night Will Never Be the Same!

by Melissa
Kids / September 07, 2016

The creative teams at Chronicle Books and Laurence King have delivered another great selection of entertaining games and colouring books bound to become favourites on Family Game Night. Your teens will set aside their smart phones for the thought-provoking Listography. To the Ocean Deep is filled with the most absorbing images, and bonus!—it’s 15 feet long so squabbling siblings can colour at opposite ends. And Cat Bingo? It’s meow-ve-lous! 

There are nine terrific offerings and we’re putting them through the toughest test of all: Satisfying the discerning eyes, hearts and minds of Canadian parent bloggers!

Check out their reviews and enter to win your choice of two items at any of these participating blogs: British Columbia Mom, Discovering Parenthood, Fab Book Reviews, Frugal Mom Eh!, Glimpse Reviews, The Koala Mom, Life on a Canadian Island, My Little House of Treasures, The Pampered Baby, and Quillable.ca.

The #PlayTestShare giveaway will run from September 12 to 20th.  Use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites and let the games begin!

Alain Grée Animals Matching Game
It's an animal menagerie! Kids will delight in this classic matching game, featuring the timeless art of beloved French picture book illustrator Alain Grée. It's the perfect opportunity to identify favorite animals, and to discover new ones. Large, sturdy cards are ideal for small hands, and the game play of discovering 18 different animals builds memory, concentration, and matching skills.

Punch Out & Play Game Book
One book, so many ways to play! Acclaimed artist and designer Laura Ljungkvist invites children to punch out 10 different puzzles and 13 classic games, such as Memory, Go Fish, and Dominoes. Packed with fun, graphic artwork, a variety of games, and plenty of colorful envelopes for easy storage, this book provides hours of play for kids of all ages—all in an attractively priced package.

Cat Bingo
A beautifully illustrated bingo game featuring 64 breeds of cat from around the world. Spot all kinds of cats—from Tonkinese to Siamese, and from Bengals to Birmans—mark them off on your card and BINGO!

642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition
This new oversized journal is packed with peculiar and provocative prompts that encourage young writers to think BIG. Whether imagining big objects or pondering big ideas, budding writers will find this HUGELY entertaining book of prompts the perfect tool for kick-starting their ENORMOUS creative potential—and perhaps their next EPIC masterpiece.

Members of the Raincoast marketing team, disguised to elude capture, slipped away from their desks to play a round of Za Za Zoom!

 

Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination
One part matching game, one part dominoes, plus loads and loads of fun, this game is both a clever challenge to hone memory skills and a make-your-own visual adventure of colorful play pieces. With the tour-de-force inventiveness—which fuels his already-classics Press Here, Mix It Up!, and Let's Play!—Herve Tullet's open-ended game stimulates creative thinking and fosters imagination.

To the Ocean Deep
Climb down to the depths of the ocean in this amazing fold-out coloring book, the longest in the world! Color an amazing tower, all the way from a boat bobbing in the waves, past sea dragons, mermaids, aqua robots, and sharks, to reach the deep ocean floor. Hours of fun for coloring enthusiasts of all ages.

Missing Socks Go Fish Card Game
Experience the classic Go Fish card game in a sock-inspired way! The perennial post-laundry problem of the search for the missing sock becomes a playful quest to collect the most pairs of sock-shaped cards. Forty cards feature an array of bright colors and patterns that will encourage young players to learn new words and hone concentration skills while they play.

Fantastic Collections
In this newest coloring book by the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald uses his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to color.

Listography: The Game
A new twist on the bestselling Listography journal series (almost 900,000 titles sold), this game invites players to create and share lists based on fun and thought-provoking topics—from geography and pop culture to toothpaste and constellations! With the goal of being the first around the game board, players score points according to the number of similar or unique answers. Every round in the game results in creative thinking, surprise outcomes, and lots of laughs.


OLA Super Conference 2016

by Melissa
Fiction + News + YA Fiction / January 22, 2016

Heading to the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto next week? Make sure you stop by the Raincoast booth (#417) and meet some of our fantastic Canadian authors! Take a look at the author signing schedule below:


Thursday, January 28:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: A.M. Dellamonica

A. M. Dellamonica is the author of Indigo Springs, winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and its concluding sequel Blue Magic. Her short stories have appeared in a number of fantasy and science fiction magazines, anthologies and on Tor.com.

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Marina Cohen

Marina Cohen is the author of several fantasy and horror novels for kids and teens. Her novel, Ghost Ride, was nominated for the 2011 Ontario Library Association Red Maple Award and won Honour Book. Cohen has been teaching in the York Region District School Board since 1995.

 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law and is a former adjunct law professor. She was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Colorado with her husband. This is her second novel.

 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Jess Keating

As an author and zoologist, Jess Keating has tickled a shark, lost a staring contest against an octopus, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Her first fiction novel, How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied, received a Starred Review from Kirkus and has been nominated for a Red Maple Award. Visit her online at jesskeating.com.


Friday, January 29:

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Catherine Lo and Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Inspired by 12 years working with at-risk teenagers as a teacher in a behavior support program, Catherine Lo is the author of How It Ends. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her family.
 

A former journalist and model, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn has travelled the world and enjoys writing contemporary fiction. She lives in London, Ontario with her husband. Firsts is her debut novel.

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers is the author of seven young adult novels including Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in southern Ontario, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.


Chronicle Books to Distribute Hardie Grant Books in North America

by Melissa
News / January 15, 2016

January 15, 2016

San Francisco, CA - San Francisco-based publisher Chronicle Books LLC announced today that it has entered into an agreement to distribute Hardie Grant Books in North America.

Founded in 1997 in Melbourne, and now publishing from both London and Australia, Hardie Grant Books is a leading publisher of illustrated books in a number of categories including food and drink, design and interiors, humor and advice. They count amongst their internationally bestselling authors Greg and Lucy Malouf, Megan Hess, Domonique Bertolucci, Kit Kemp and the Green Kitchen blog authors David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl.

Hardie Grant Books now joins Quadrille Publishing, also part of Hardie Grant Publishing Group, which has just enjoyed its first season with Chronicle Books.

Chronicle Books and its Canadian distributor Raincoast Books will be responsible for selling approximately 40 titles a season, starting with the Fall 2016 season.

Hardie Grant Publishing will hire a marketing and publicity executive to work on both Quadrille and Hardie Grant Books situated at the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco.

"Hardie Grant is a market leader in English language illustrated book publishing,” says Jack Jensen, President of Chronicle Books.  "After a longstanding partnership working with Hardie Grant to distribute our products in Australia, we are thrilled that we can now bring their future lists to the North American market."

“We are delighted that Chronicle Books will now extend its sales expertise to both our imprints Hardie Grant and Quadrille, and we look forward to working closely with them,” says Julie Pinkham, HGP’s Group Managing Director.


#12DaysofBookmas!

by Melissa
Contests / December 08, 2015

We're celebrating the holidays with #12DaysofBookmas! Stop by our Twitter or Facebook and follow the #12DaysofBookmas hashtag for daily giveaways. Retweet your favourite posts on Twitter or share your favourite posts on Facebook for opportunities to win some fabulous books!

See below for giveaway rules and regulations.

  1. No purchase is necessary to participate.
  2. Entry is limited to persons aged 16 and above who are Canadian residents. Grand Prize entry is limited to Canadian residents aged 16 and above, excluding Quebec.
  3. To enter, retweet the post on Twitter or share the post on Facebook for your chance to win the prize that day. No other entry method will be accepted. Raincoast Books Distribution Ltd. is not responsible for late or misdirected entries or transmission errors.
  4. Winner selection is based upon random draw, and each giveaway will close 24 hours after the original posting time. Any entries received after the 24 hour window will be excluded from the draw. There will only be one winner selected for each prize offered. Winners will be announced the day after each post, unless the giveaway is posted on a Friday, in which case the winner will be announced on a Monday. There will be no posts or winners announced on weekends.
  5. The Grand Prize giveaway will end at 11:59 PM PST on December 26th, 2015. Any entries received after this time will be excluded from the draw. The winner will be announced on December 28th, 2015.
  6. Odds for winning the prizes will depend on the number of entries received.
  7. Prize value will range between $5 and $100 (Canadian dollars) depending upon the book(s) being given away, with the exception of the Grand Prize which is valued at over $400. Prizes have no cash value and must be accepted as awarded.
  8. The prize will be shipped via standard post at no cost to the winner.
  9. Entry information collected by Raincoast Books Distribution Ltd. will not be used for any purpose other than to provide the winners with their prizes.
  10. Entry limited to one entry per sweepstakes offer per person. Void where prohibited by law.
  11. Giveaway Sponsor: Raincoast Books Distribution Ltd. 2440 Viking Way, Richmond, BC, Canada V6V 1N2
  12. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or Twitter.

Fierce Reads Takes TO!

by Melissa
Events + YA Fiction / October 02, 2015

Get excited! The Fall Fierce Reads Tour is stopping in Toronto, and it’s sure to be a fun-filled afternoon with four fabulously fierce authors.

Josephine Angelini, Leigh Bardugo, Emma Mills and Leila Sales will be at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton on Saturday, October 17th at 3:00 PM.  These four ladies will chat about their books, share stories and answer audience questions before signing their upcoming novels. And if you thought this event couldn’t get any better, I’m happy to tell you that Ariel Bissett—founder of BookTubeAThon and an overall fantastic YouTuber—will be hosting.

Unfortunately, I will be stuck here in Vancouver and will not be able to fangirl with the rest of you lucky Toronto dwellers, so if you are able to attend the event, we would love it if you could keep us in the loop by using the hashtag #FierceReadsTakesTO on social media. I will be living vicariously through you!

Just in case you are unfamiliar with these authors (FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF IMMEDIATELY), you can click the links below to learn more about these wonderful books and their writers.

Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (Worldwalker, #2)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

First & Then by Emma Mills

Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales

If you can’t make it to Toronto for this event (I empathize completely…), make sure you stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages next week as the #FierceReadsTakesTO Blog Tour commences! 10 of our lovely bloggers will be posting reviews, as well as Q&As with these authors, starting on Monday. You won’t want to miss this!


Celebrate the Launch of The Chocolate Tasting Kit (And indulge in some chocolate tasting yourself!)

by Melissa
Events + Food & Drink + Vancouver / March 14, 2014

 

Do you live in Vancouver? Do you love chocolate? If you answered yes to these questions, we have the perfect event for you! Come celebrate the launch of Eagranie Yuh's The Chocolate Tasting Kit on March 20, 2014 at Xoxolat.  This will be a fun filled evening of chocolate tastings with the opportunity to meet the author extraordinaire herself. We would love it if you could join us for this event.

Eagranie Yuh
is a local author and chocolate educator who has recently published The Chocolate Tasting Kit with Chronicle Books. Her work has appeared in publications such as Best Food Writing 2012, Edible Vancouver, Flavours and more. She is also a permanent grand jury member of the International Chocolate Awards. In other words, she knows her stuff!

Xoxolat is located at 1271 Homer Street in Yaletown, and the Open House will be from 5-8 PM. This event is free, but you can RSVP here. We'll be selling kits, sampling chocolate, and there will be a cash bar.

We hope to see you there!
 


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