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Top 30 Book Covers of 2016

by Brooke Kosty
Fiction + Food & Drink + Kids + Politics + YA Fiction / December 20, 2016

 

Take a look at some of our favourite cover designs from the last year!

 

Virgin and Other Stories
by April Ayers Lawson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
 

Hurt People
by Cote Smith
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Beautiful Bureaucrat
by Helen Phillps
Picador

 

Cannibals in Love
by Mike Roberts
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Ramshackle Ode
by Keith Leonard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

The Imperial Wife
by Irina Reyn
St. Martin's Press

 

The Good Lieutenant
by Whitney Terrell
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders
Tor

 

Vinegar Socks
by Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer
Hardie Grant

 

The Other Me
by Saskia Sarginson
Flatiron Books

 

The Guineveres
by Sarah Domet
Flatiron Books

 

Future Sex
by Emily Witt
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

American Philosophy
by John Kaag
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

We Gon' Be Alright
by Jeff Chang
Picador

 

If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo
Flatiron Books

 

Change Your Mind
by Rod Judkins
Hardie Grant

 

Green Kitchen Smoothies
by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Hardie Grant

 

Spoon
by Annie Morris and Johnny Shimmin
Hardie Grant

 

Children of the New World
by Alexander Weinstein
Picador

 

The 100 Year Miracle
by Ashley Ream
Flatiron Books

 

The Lonely City
by Olivia Laing
Picador

 

Mr. Splitfoot
by Samantha Hunt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet
by H.P. Wood
Sourcebooks

 

Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt & Co

 

The Night Parade
by Kathryn Tanquary
Sourcebooks

 

The Moravian Night
by Peter Handke
Krishna Winston

 

Cabo de Gata
by Eugen Ruge
Graywolf

 

The Lost Time Accidents
by John Wray
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

With Malice
by Eileen Cook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

A Wife of Noble Character
by Yvonne Georgina Puig
Henry Holt & Co

 


Our Top 30 Book Covers of 2015

by Brooke Kosty
Fiction + Food & Drink + History + Kids / December 10, 2015

 

Take a look at some of our favourite cover designs from the last year!

 

The Girl With the Nine Wigs
by Sophie van der Stap
St. Martin's Press
 

The Man Who Couldn't Stop
by David Adam
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

A Manual for Cleaning Women
by Lucia Berlin
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

All That Followed
by Gabriel Urza
Henry Holt & Co

 

The Sellout
by Paul Beatty
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Withces of America
by Alex Mar
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Gamelife
by Michael W. Clune
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

KL
by Nikolaus Wachsmann
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Home Is Burning
by Dan Marshall
Flatiron Books

 

Jesus' Son
by Denis Johnson
Picador

 

Art and Fashion
by E.P. Cutler and Julien Tomasello
Chronicle Books

 

Wilberforce
by H. S. Cross
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Cancer Ward
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Way Things Were
by Aatish Taseer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Find Me
by Laura van den Berg
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac
by Sharma Shields
Henry Holt & Co

 

Radiance
by Catherynne M. Valente
Tor

 

A Poet of the Invisible World
by Michael Golding
Picador

 

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
by Kimberly Karalius
Feiwel and Friends

 

A Darker Shade of Magic
by V. E. Schwab
Tor

 

Furiously Happy
by Jenny Lawson
Flatiron Books

 

The Big Green Tent
by Polly Gannon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

The Unfortunates
by Sophie McManus
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

One Thing Stolen
by Beth Kephart
Chronicle Books

 

The Big Trip
Lonely Planet

 

The Wake
by Paul Kingsnorth
Graywolf Press

 

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt & Co

 

One Thousand Things Worth Knowing
by Paul Muldoon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Book
by David W. Miles, illustrated by Natalie Hoopes
Familius

 

Tesla: a Portrait with Masks
Vladimir Pistalo
Graywolf Press

 


Hervé Tullet in Toronto October 8, 2014!

by Dan
Events + Kids / October 02, 2014

Mix It Up with Herve Tullet

Join Small Print Toronto in conjunction with Chronicle Books, the Avenue Road Arts School and Mabel's Fables on October 8th for a live event for kids with artist Hervé Tullet, the New York Times bestselling author of Press Here and Mix It Up!

Mix It Up! A Live Art Event for Kids 3-7 with Hervé Tullet
October 8 4:00PM - 5:00PM
The Great Hall

1087 Queen Street West
> Toronto, ON M6J 1H3
Tel: 647-341-5526

For FREE tickets go to: www.smallprinttoronto.org


New Releases: September 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Art & Photography + Fiction + Psychology & Self-Help / September 08, 2014

This month's releases include new books from Oprah Winfrey, New York Times bestselling authors Iris Johansen and Archer Mayor, as well as Toronto CooksPetcam, and more...

FICTION

MYSTERY & THRILLERS

The Perfect Witness

Iris Johansen

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an explosive new thriller...

When Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift: the ability to read people’s memories. But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her as a secret weapon to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence. Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected. She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run...

 

Available September 30


Proof Positive

A Joe Gunther Novel

Archer Mayor

Ben Kendall was a troubled man. Coming back from Vietnam with PTSD and scars that no one else could see, he hid away from the world, filling his house with an ever-increasing amount of stuff, until finally, the piles collapsed and he was found dead, crushed beneath his own belongings. But what at first glance looks to be a tragic accidental death of a hoarder, may be something much more-and much deadlier. Ben's cousin, medical examiner Beverly Hillstrom, unsettled by the circumstances of his death, alerts Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team...

Available September 30


ROMANCE

Son of No One 

Sherrilyn Kenyon

In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it's not easy being life's own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they're even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted-out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcements.

 

Available September 2


SCIENCE FICTION

Good House

Peyton Marshall

A bighearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love.

From the far reaches of the D'Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives… sooner rather than later.

Available September 30


NONFICTION

FOOD & DRINK

Huckleberry

Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen

Zoe Nathan with Laurel Almerinda and Josh Loeb

"Everything in generosity" is the motto of Zoe Nathan, the big-hearted baker behind Santa Monica's favourite neighbourhood bakery and breakfast spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Café. This irresistible cookbook collects more than 115 recipes and more than 150 colour photographs, including how-to sequences for mastering basics such as flaky dough and lining a cake pan. Huckleberry's recipes span from sweet (rustic cakes, muffins, and scones) to savory (hot cereals, biscuits, and quiche). True to the spirit of Los Angeles, these recipes feature whole-grain flours, sesame and flax seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, natural sugars, and gluten-free and vegan options—and they always lead with deliciousness. 

Available September 9


Toronto Cooks 

100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants

Edited by Amy Rosen

There has never been a more exciting time to eat in Toronto. While always known for its vibrant and varied food scene, over the past few years the city has been experiencing a culinary explosion. Innovative, globally minded, locally focused restaurants have been cropping up all over town as Toronto evolves into one of the world's greatest places to eat. Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants captures this evolution specifically with the home cook in mind. 

Available September 30

 


HEALTH

On Immunity

An Inoculation

Eula Biss

Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man's Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In this bold, fascinating book, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, and the world, both historically and in the present moment. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is a moving account of how we are all interconnected-our bodies and our fates.

Available September 30


SELF-HELP & INSPIRATION

What I Know of Sure

Oprah Winfrey

The inspirational wisdom Oprah Winfrey shares in her monthly O, The Oprah Magazine column updated, curated, and collected for the first time in a beautiful keepsake book.

After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life," Oprah has penned one column a month over the last fourteen years.

Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful book packed with insight and revelation.

Available September 2


Happiness Is...

500 Things To Be Happy About

Swerling Lisa and Lazar Ralph

From Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling, illustrators and the authors of Me Without You, this adorable gift book illustrates 500 things to be happy about. Happiness is... an unexpected bouquet, cheese, fixing something, a good high-five, and so much more! The charming, make-you-smile illustrations hit just the right note—not too sappy, not too sweet—and remind us that there are dozens of things to be happy about every day. 

Available September 2


Daily Love

Growing into Grace

Mastin Kipp

In Daily Love, Mastin shares some of his personal stories of darkness and light, embracing them all as part of his journey to becoming who he really is. He also speaks of various spiritual leaders who have influenced his life, such as Joseph Campbell, Caroline Myss, Tony Robbins, George Lucas, Oprah, his parents and Jenna (his girlfriend). Through detailed accounts of various spiritual principles introduced by these teachers, Mastin shares how his inspirations and mentors have helped to guide him to success and self-discovery. With the signature voice of TheDailyLove.com and Mastin's youthful and engaging spirit, readers gain a new perspective on what it means to be spiritual for the next generation.

Available September 9


Empower Yourself

Miranda Kerr

Following the overwhelming response to Treasure Yourself, Miranda Kerr continues to explore similar themes in her latest title, providing insight on what she believes it means for young, modern women to be empowered in all areas of life and how this can be achieved. For Miranda, one of the most powerful tools to facilitate change, both in her own life, and in the lives of others, is the use of positive affirmations. Here, she has written over 250 personal affirmations that can be used to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, harmonious relationships, fulfilling career, and happiness.
 

Available September 9


E-Cubed

Nine More Energy Experiments That Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles Is Your Full-Time Gig

Pam Grout

E-Squared, the international hit sensation described by one reader as "The Secret on crack," provided the training wheels, the baby steps, to "really getting it" that thoughts create reality.

In E-Cubed, Pam Grout takes you higher and deeper into the quantum field, where you'll prove that blessings and miracles are natural and that joy is only a thought away.

 

Available September 9


BIOGRAPHY

You Might Remember Me 

The Life and Times of Phil Hartman

Mike Thomas

The revealing and at times harrowing biography of beloved comedian and actor, Phil Hartman. 

Both joyous tribute and serious biography, Mike Thomas' You Might Remember Me is a celebration of Phil Hartman's multi-faceted career and an exhaustively reported, warts-and-all examination of his often intriguing and sometimes complicated life—a powerful, humour-filled and disquieting portrait of a man who was loved by many, admired by millions and taken from them far too early.

Available September 23


ART & DESIGN

Collage 

Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform

Danielle Krysa

Collage has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity during the twenty-first century, resulting in an explosion of creativity. This showcase of cutting-edge contemporary art from across the globe features galleries of collage by 30 practitioners, from the surreal landscapes of Beth Hoeckel to Fabien Souche's humourous appropriations of pop culture. This collection is visual inspiration for art lovers and an appreciation of the transformation of old into new.

Available September 16


The Art of Box Trolls 

Phil Brotherton

LAIKA, the studio behind the hit films Coraline and ParaNorman, introduces audiences to a new breed of family: the Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. The Art of The Boxtrolls features the amazingly detailed artwork that went into this film's creation, including character sketches, puppets, textiles, set dressing, and 3-D printed facial models, alongside the story of the film's development.

Available September 23


STYLE

Worn Stories 

Emily Spivack

Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers. First-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, such as artist Marina Abramovic on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China; musician Rosanne Cash on the purple shirt that belonged to her father; and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley on the Girl Scout sash that informed her business acumen.

Available Now


PHOTOGRAPHY

Petcam 

The World Through the Lens of Our Four-Legged Friends

Chris Keeney

How does the world look from the point of view of our dogs and cats—or our chickens and goats? Petcam, by photographer Chris Keeney, author of Pinhole Cameras, presents a collection of striking and amusing images created by an international roster of animal photographers. With small, lightweight cameras attached to their collars and cowbells, they document what they see as they go about their daily routines—lounging under parked cars, scaling rooftops, jumping fences, relaxing in a neighbor's tall grass. 

Available September 2


Nocturne

Creatures of the Night

Traer Scott

In Nocturne: Creatures of the Night, celebrated animal photographer Traer Scott takes the viewer on a journey through nighttime in the animal kingdom, revealing some of nature's most elusive creatures. Bats, big cats, flying squirrels, tarantula, owls, kangaroo mice, giant moths, sloth, several species of snakes, and a Madagascar hissing cockroach are only a few of the animals illuminated in these lushly detailed portraits. 

Available September 2


New Releases: May 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Art & Photography + Current Affairs + Design & Typography + Fiction + Health & Wellness / April 14, 2014

May is a great month to be a reader—there are so many great books coming out! Here's a quick look at just a few some of our new titles releasing next month.  

FICTION

Historical Fiction 

The Forgotten Seamstress

Liz Trenow

Page-turning and heartbreaking, The Forgotten Seamstress weaves together past and present in an unforgettable journey.

Before World War I casts its shadow, Maria catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace. 

Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic. When she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery, the puzzle that only seems to grow.

Available May 13

"this is a page-turner with eye-opening details about the conditions of mental hospitals in the 20th century, as well as the provenance of royal fabrics, the art of quilting, and the vagaries of modern interior design."Publishers Weekly

"Trenow meticulously stitches each piece of this engrossing story into a unified—and heartwarming—whole."Kirkus Reviews


Short Stories

Snow in May: Stories

Kseniya Melnik

A remote Siberian town with a darkly fascinating history teems with life in this luminous linked debut collection. 

Weaving in and out of the last half of the twentieth century, Snow in May is an inventive, gorgeously rendered, and touching portrait of lives lived on the periphery where, despite their isolation-and perhaps because of it-the most seemingly insignificant moments can be beautiful, haunting, and effervescent.

Available May 13

 

"Achingly beautiful, this collection signals a writer to watch."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Melnik tackles tragic subject matter while dramatizing daily struggles, giving equal weight to both. With dry humor and detailed description, Melnik creates a historically enlightening time capsule of an unfamiliar world."Publishers Weekly


Literary Fiction

Lost for Words 

Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade. Ecstatic praise came from a wide range of admirers, from literary superstars such as Zadie Smith, Francine Prose, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Michael Chabon to pop-culture icons such as Anthony Bourdain and January Jones. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award.

Available May 20

 


Science Fiction

My Real Children 

Jo Walton

The new novel from the author of the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning Among Others is a powerful tale of one woman with two lives.

It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. 

Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. Jo Walton's My Real Children is the tale of both of Patricia Cowan's lives… and of how every life means the entire world.​

Available May 20

"My Real Children is the rarest sort of novel – one that transcends genre. It is a book that, one surmises, will be eagerly reread as the years pass."Quill & Quire (starred review)

"a deeply poignant, richly imagined book about women’s lives in 20th- and 21st-century England, and, in a broader sense, about the lives of all those who are pushed to the margins of history: the disabled, the disenfranchised, the queer, the lower middle class."Publishers Weekly


Literary Fiction

Dark Aemilia 

A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady

Sally O'Reilly

A tale of sorcery and passion in seventeenth-century London—where witches haunt William Shakespeare and his Dark Lady, the playwrights’s muse and one true love. 

In rich, vivid detail, Sally O’Reilly breathes life into England’s first female poet, a mysterious woman nearly forgotten by history. Full of passion and devilish schemes, Dark Aemilia is a tale worthy of the Bard.

 

Available May 27

"First-rate historical fiction: marvelously atmospheric and emotionally engaging."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"a lush what-if about the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets that mesmerizes with its descriptions of the Bard’s London from 1592 to 1616, the year of his death."Publishers Weekly


NONFICTION

Family & Relationships / Parenting

Is That Me Yelling?

A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool

Rona Renner (foreword by Christine Carter)

Being a parent is hard work! And when your child refuses to do even the little things—like picking up their toys, taking a bath, or getting in the car to go to school—it's easy to become frustrated. But what if there was a gentle, effective way for you to improve your kid's behaviour without losing your cool or raising your voice? In Is That Me Yelling? leading authority on parenting, Rona Renner outlines effective communication strategies that focus on your child's unique temperament.

Available May 1


New Series from Laurence King

Art History

This is Warhol

Catherine Ingram & illustrated by Andrew Rae

This book penetrates the surface and explores Andy Warhol's art from his beginnings as a commercial artist to his apotheosis as a society portrait painter. Vivid illustrations reveal Andy's worlds: his childhood in Pittsburgh, his chaotic Manhattan mansion, and the Silver Factory, where New York's bright new things hung out and had fun.
 

 

This is Dali

Catherine Ingram & illustrated by Andrew Rae

This is Dali tells the story of the artist's life and explores the meaning of his Surrealist paintings. It goes beyond his fine art practice and discusses his venture into the commercial world. Surrealism is revealed as a way of life. Fun, provoking, and endlessly frustrating, Dalí is brought under the spotlight.

 

 

This is Pollock

Catherine Ingram & illustrated by Andrew Rae

Pollock's iconic paintings stretch out with the generosity and scale of America's Western landscape where the artist grew up. This book traces the artist's career and discusses how his loose, individual style was used as a political weapon in the Cold War, representing America as the free, democratic nation. Illustrations simplify the theory and reveal the hidden meaning behind the mesh of painted lines.

 

Available May 6


Art History

The Supermodel and the Brillo Box 

Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art

Don Thompson

A look at the contemporary art market and the economics and psychology that first produced a market crash, and then two years later resulted in astronomical prices. The Supermodel and the Brillo Box looks at the increasing dominance of Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and a few über dealers; the hundreds of millions of new museums coming up in cities like Dubai, Abu Dabai, and Beijing; the growing importance of the digital art world; and the shrinking role of the mainstream gallery.

Available May 6


NEW IN PAPERBACK

Body, Mind & Spirit

All is Well

Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition

Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz

Best-selling authors Louise L. Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz have teamed up for an exciting reexamination of the quintessential teachings from Heal Your Body.

All Is Well brings together Louise's proven affirmation system with Mona Lisa's knowledge of both medical science and the body's intuition to create an easy-to-follow guide for health and well-being. And, for the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work. 

Available May 6


Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction 

Andre the Giant

Life and Legend

Box Brown

Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. 

Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre's life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century's most recognizable figures.

Available May 6

"A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"It’s the sort of book that I knocked out in one sitting, and it lived up to every hope I had for it. It’s not just one of my favorite graphic novels of the year, but it’s also one of my favorite comic biographies of all time."Comics Alliance


Art / History

Age of Ambition

Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Evan Osnos

A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation.

Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Evan Osnos, Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail. 

Available May 13

"Osnos combines scintillating reportage with an eye for telling ironies that illuminate broader trends; without downplaying the uniqueness of Chinese society, he makes its tensions feel achingly familiar for Western readers."Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Family & Relationships / Parenting

This is Ridiculous This is Amazing

Parenthood in 71 Lists

Jason Good

Blogging sensation and family man Jason Good delivers a laugh-out-loud reminder that everything is easier and more fun when approached with a sense of humour—especially parenting. Sweet, sincere, and oh-so-true, this is the ideal gift for parents who could use a laugh. And isn't that every single one of us?

Available May 13


Design

Type on Screen

A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students

Ellen Lupton and Maryland Institute College of Art

The long awaited follow-up to Thinking with Type is here! Type on Screen is the definitive guide to using classic typographic concepts of form and structure to make dynamic compositions for screen-based applications. An essential design tool for anyone seeking clear and focused guidance about typography for the digital age.

Available May 13


Take a look at a preview of next month's new releases for kids, middle grade, and teens.


The Secret Garden and the Joy of Colouring Books

by Chelsea
Art & Photography + Craft / February 21, 2014

There's something magical about Johanna Basford's Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book. The intricate black and white illustrations are gorgeous on their own, but the real beauty is in how everyone who colours in the pages will create something uniquely theirs. When I found out that my very crafty friend Stefanie received a copy for Christmas, I couldn't wait to see her progress through the pages.

Did you use colouring books as a kid? What's it like to come back to it now?

Yes! I was kind of a fanatic. My mom used to come home with stacks of them, mainly Barbie themed. I used to have coloring competitions with my next door neighbour, and I was pretty competitive about it. 

There was a definite sense of nostalgia coming back to a coloring book as an adult, but it's a obviously a little bit different. The pages are so well illustrated that I feel like I'm a part of creating something so beautiful, way beyond my own artistic capabilities. 


What kinds of drawing materials have you used (pencils, pens)? Which do you like best?

So far I've just used pencil crayons. I have a mismatched collection from several years ago, but they do the trick! My husband also gave me a small set of erasable pencil crayons that have been fun to use. One thing I haven't tried yet is coloured pens or markers. I think ink would work really well for some of the illustrations. 


What's your favourite part about filling in the pages?

I feel as though I am making these garden scenes really come to life. They are already so incredibly beautiful as black and white illustrations, but with a bit of colour, they turn into these lively scenes. There's also this scavenger hunt surprise factor to the book - I always end up finding little creatures within the lines of the trees and leaves. 


Do you have a colouring method, or is it random?

I don't have a specific colouring pattern, but I do like to have a plan of action before I start each page. I'll plan out all the colours I want to use before I get going. The illustrations are so detailed, sometimes beginning a page can be overwhelming. There are some really detailed pages I'll probably never touch. Working from the top to the bottom, or the bottom to top is also really fun. 


What do you get out of the experience, other than a pretty picture?

It's a nice way to relax and an easy way to feel creative without getting into a big project.


My Favourite Books of 2013, Alisha Whitley

by Alisha
Art & Photography + Fashion & Textiles + Fiction / December 17, 2013

I have fallen prey to a fascination with the ‘20s, and if the number of Pinterest boards devoted to this era is any indication, I am definitely not alone. Here are a few of my favourite ‘20s-themed titles from 2013:

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Z depicts all the glitz, glam, and debauchery of the Roaring Twenties, as well as the romance, scandal, and ultimate demise of the infamous Fitzgeralds. Told from the point of view of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s spunky wife and muse—the quintessential flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald—Z follows the literary couple’s romantic start to their notorious ruin. Inspired by letters exchanged between the two, as well as correspondence between Scott and his editor, agent, and friends (notably, Ernest Hemingway), Z offers a glimpse into the Jazz Age and features glamorous members of the Lost Generation, including Gertrude Stein, Gerald and Sara Murphy, and Ezra Pound (to name a few). From smoky speakeasies in New York to glitzy hotels in Paris and bootleg champagne in Hollywood, I was transported to an era in which everything was new and possible but success—particularly for the ambitious wife of a successful but doomed novelist—was ultimately fleeting.

Well-Read Women

If Z gets you in the mood for some Gatsby, look no further than Samantha Hahn’s Well-Read Women. This stunning book features portraits of literature’s most iconic heroines—including Daisy Buchanan—in pen and watercolour. Paired with hand-lettered quotations from the characters’ dialogue, each spread evokes the spirit and sensibility of its heroine as she was written. It’s unique, it’s gorgeous, and I can’t get enough of it.

Victoria & Albert Museum 1920s Fashion Notecard Set

If you’re feeling the flapper fashion, turn your attention to Victoria & Albert Museum 1920s Fashion Timeline Notecards from Chronicle Books. These retro-glam notecards capture the essence of 1920s fashion and make me want to chop my hair into a bob, don a headpiece, and rock a drop-waisted, beaded dress.

      

Alisha Whitley, Marketing Coordinator


My Favourite Books of 2013, Chelsea Newcombe

by Chelsea
Art & Photography + Food & Drink / December 16, 2013

Well-Read Women

Well-Read Women

It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I love Well-Read Women so much, because it draws from the many reasons why certain books become important to me: liveliness, nostalgia, sadness, beauty, and memorable characters. Samantha Hahn's ethereal watercolour portraits of literature's leading ladies are juxtaposed against one of their signature quotes, and it makes for a gorgeous read. Anne Shirley is my absolute favourite ("Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?")

Burgoo

There is a special place in my heart for the Burgoo restaurant. I have memories of being there with friends, family, and even right after I graduated from college. Half-starved after the long ceremonial affair that is a UBC English Department graduation ceremony (there were many of us), my parents asked where I wanted to get lunch. Easy answer: "Burgoo!" No one does comfort food better, and thanks to their cookbook now everyone can bring it home. We're in Raincouver after all, and sometimes the only cure for the grey sky blues is cheesy biscuits and a hearty stew.

Chelsea Newcombe, Sales Associate


Sign Painters Vancouver Screening

by Dan
Design & Typography + Events / May 28, 2013

 
The documentary Sign Painters is getting its Canadian premiere next week at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver!
 
The screenings, arranged by Got Craft?, start at 7:30pm on Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th, and directors Sam Macon and Faythe Levine will be there to answer questions afterwards. There is limited seating and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 
 
Sign Painters
 
The documentary is accompanied by a book of the same name, and Faythe and Sam will be signing copies Sign Painters at Smash Gallery on the Saturday afternoon (June 8th) starting at 2pm. The book signing is part of the 'One Shot at Glory: The Art of the Sign Painter' exhibition, opening this weekend, which features work of local west coast sign writers. 
 
Tickets for the screenings can be bought via the Got Craft? website. More details on the 'One Shot of Glory' exhibition can be found on the Smash Gallery site

Julie Morstad at Lucky’s This Weekend!

by Dan
Events + Graphica + Vancouver / October 30, 2012

Julie Morstad The Wayside Launch

Join award-winning, Vancouver-based illustrator Julie Morstad launch The Wayside, her new book from Drawn + Quarterly, on Saturday evening at Vancouver comics store Lucky's starting at 7pm! 

Julie Morstad
Saturday November 3rd, 7pm
Lucky's Comics
3972 Main Street, Vancouver
T: 604-875-9858

PS: If you don't live in Vancouver, Julie will also have events in Toronto at TYPE, and at the Librairie D+Q in Montreal next month! (Yay!)


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