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New Releases: November 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Design & Typography + Fiction + Film + Health & Wellness + Travel / November 07, 2014

I refuse to discuss Christmas yet, so here are just some of the new (non-festive) books available this month from Raincoast Books! 

FICTION

The Three-Body Problem

Cixin Liu

With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author.

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

Available November 11


THRILLERS

Sons of Anarchy: Bratva

Christopher Golden

With half of the club recently released from Stockton State Penitentiary, and the Galindo drug cartel bringing down heat at every turn, the MC already has its hands full. Yet Jax Teller the V.P. of SAMCRO has another problem to deal with. He just learned that his Irish half-sister Trinity has been in the U.S. for months entangled with Russian BRATVA gangsters. Now that she's abruptly gone missing, he's sure the brewing mafia war is connected to her disappearance. Jax heads to Nevada with Chibs and Opie to search for her and seek revenge. Trinity may be half-Irish, but she's also half-Teller and where Teller's go, trouble follows.

Available November 11


Betrayed

A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel

Lisa Scottoline

Judy Carrier finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Her best friend, Mary DiNunzio, has just become partner and is about to become a bride, leaving Judy vaguely out of sorts. To make matters worse, she is shocked to discover that her beloved Aunt Vicky has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She races to her aunt's side, and so does Judy's mother, only to find that her aunt is dealing with the sudden death of a friend who had been helping her through chemo. The friend, Emelia Juarez, was an undocumented worker at a local farm, but her death doesn't look natural at all, to Judy. Judy begins to investigate, following a path that leads her into an underground world far more dangerous than she ever imagined. 

Available November 25


NONFICTION

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

Fully Alive

Discovering What Matters Most

Timothy Shriver

As chairman of Special Olympics, Timothy P. Shriver has dedicated his life to the world's most forgotten minority—people with intellectual disabilities. And in a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, when we've lost our sense of what's ultimately important, when we hunger for stability but get only uncertainty, he has looked to them for guidance. Fully Alive chronicles Shriver's discovery of a radically different, and inspiring, way of life. We see straight into the lives of those who seem powerless but who have turned that into a power of their own, and through them learn that we are all totally vulnerable and totally valuable at the same time.

Available November 11


DESIGN

Beautiful Users

Designing for People

Edited by Ellen Lupton

In the mid-twentieth century, Henry Dreyfuss—widely considered the father of industrial design—pioneered a user-centered approach to design that focuses on studying people's behaviours and attitudes as a key first step in developing successful products. In the intervening years, user-centered design has expanded to undertake the needs of differently abled users and global populations as well as the design of complex systems and services. Beautiful Users explores the changing relationship between designers and users and considers a range of design methodologies and practices, from user research to hacking, open source, and the maker culture.

Available November 18


ESSAYS

The Unspeakable

And Other Subjects of Discussion

Meghan Daum

In her celebrated 2001 collection, My Misspent Youth, Meghan Daum offered a bold, witty, defining account of the artistic ambitions, financial anxieties, and mixed emotions of her generation. The Unspeakable is an equally bold and witty, but also a sadder and wiser, report from early middle age.

Combining the piercing insight of Joan Didion with a warm humor reminiscent of Nora Ephron, Daum dissects our culture's most dangerous illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and compassion. Through it all, she dramatizes the search for an authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple and never complete.

Available November 18


Men 

Notes from an Ongoing Investigation

Laura Kipnis

It's no secret that men often behave in confusing ways, but in recent years we've witnessed so many spectacular public displays of male excess-disgraced politicians, erotically desperate professors, fallen sports heroes-that we're left to wonder whether something has come unwired in the collective male psyche.

In the essays collected here, Kipnis revisits the archetypes of wayward masculinity that have captured her imagination over the years: the scumbag, the con man, the lothario, the obsessive, cheaters, gropers, self-deceivers, and many others.

Available November 18


FOOD & DRINK

Bar Tartine

Techniques and Recipes

Cortney Burns and Nick Balla with Jan Newberry

Bar Tartine—co-founded by Tartine Bakery's Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt—is obsessed over by locals and visitors, critics and chefs. Helmed by Nick Balla and Cortney Burns, it draws on time-honoured processes, and a core that runs through the cuisines of Central Europe, Japan, and Scandinavia to deliver a range of dishes from soups to salads, to shared plates and sweets. With more than 150 photographs, this highly anticipated cookbook is a true original.

Available November 25


HEALTH & FITNESS

Make Your Own Rules Diet 

Tara Stiles

In Make Your Own Rules Diet, Tara Stiles introduces readers to easy and fun ways to bring yoga, meditation, and healthy food into their lives. As the designer and face of Reebok's first yoga lifestyle line, author of Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga, and the founder of Strala—the movement-based system that ignites freedom, known for its laid-back and unpretentious vibe—Tara has long been a proponent of creating a tension-free healthy life by tapping into the unique needs of her clients. In this new book, she teaches readers how to apply this inward-looking philosophy to themselves.

Available October 15


HUMOUR

Texts From Jane Eyre

And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters

Mallory Ortberg

Hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O'Hara to Jessica Wakefield. Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mash-up that brings the characters from your favourite books into the twenty-first century.

 

 

Available Now


MUSIC

Mark Motherbaugh: Myopia 

Adam Lerner

Mark Mothersbaugh is a legendary figure for fans of both street art and music culture. Co-founder of the seminal New Wave band DEVO, he was a prolific visual artist before the band's inception moving seamlessly between multiple mediums creating bold, cartoonish, strangely disturbed works of pop surrealism that playfully explore the relationship between technology and individuality. In the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia features a lifetime of his creative inventions from the beginning of his artistic career in the 1970s to his most recent work.

Available Now


Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression

75 Years of the Finest in Jazz

Richard Havers

Published for Blue Note's seventy-fifth anniversary, this landmark volume is the first official illustrated story of the legendary jazz label, from 1939 roots to its renaissance today. Featuring classic album artwork, unseen contact sheets, rare ephemera from the Blue Note Archives, commentary from some of the biggest names in jazz today, and feature reviews of seventy-five key albums, this is the definitive book on the legendary label.

 

Available November 14


POPULAR CULTURE

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey

Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes

Jessica Fellowes; foreword by Julian Fellowes

This gorgeous book explores the seasonal events and celebrations of the great estate—including house parties, debutantes, the London Season, yearly trips to Scotland, the sporting season, and, of course, the cherished rituals of Christmas. Jessica Fellowes and the creative team behind Downton Abbey invite us to peer through the prism of the house as we learn more about the lives of our favorite characters, the actors who play them, and those who bring this exquisite world to real life.

Available Now


Inside HBO's Game of Thrones #2

Seasons 3 & 4

C.A. Taylor

Each episode of HBO's Game of Thrones draws millions of obsessed viewers who revel in the shocking plot twists, award-winning performances, and gorgeously rendered fantasy world. This official companion book reveals what it takes to translate George R. R. Martin's bestselling series into a wildly popular television series. With unprecedented scope and depth, it showcases hundreds of unpublished set photos, visual effects art, and production and costume designs, plus insights from key actors and crew members that capture the best scripted and unscripted moments from Seasons 3 and 4.

Available November 11


TRAVEL

 

The World

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has taken the highlights from the world's best guidebooks and put them together into one 960-page whopper to create the ultimate guide to Earth.

This user-friendly A-Z gives a flavour of each country in the world, including a map, travel highlights, info on where to go and how to get around, as well as some quirkier details to bring each place to life. In Lonely Planet's trademark blue-spine format, this is the ultimate planning resource. From now on, every traveller's journey should start here…

 

Available Now


New Releases: October 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Fiction + Food & Drink + Spirituality + Travel / October 01, 2014

Here are just a few of the new books available from Raincoast Books in October! 

FICTION

An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War 

An Irish Country Novel

Patrick Taylor

Doctor O'Reilly heeds the call to serve his country the new novel in Patrick Taylor's beloved Irish Country series. Shifting deftly between two very different eras, An Irish Doctor in Peace and At War reveals more about O'Reilly's tumultuous past, even as Ballybucklebo faces the future in its own singular fashion. 

 

Available October 14


HORROR

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent

Jay Bonansinga

Written by Jay Bonansinga, based on the original series created by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead: Descent follows the events of The Fall of the Governor (book one and two), and Lilly Caul's struggles to rebuild Woodbury after the Governor's shocking demise.

The Governor's legacy of madness haunts every nook and cranny of this little walled community, but Lilly and a small ragtag band of survivors are determined to overcome their traumatic past… despite the fact that a super-herd is closing in on them.

Available October 14


NONFICTION

BIOGRAPHY

Seven Letters from Paris

A Memoir

Samantha Verant

At age 40, Samantha Verant's life is falling apart—she's jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck… until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she'd met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn't faded with time and distance.

Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy—but it's the kind of crazy she's been waiting for her whole life...

Available October 15


Limonov

The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia

Emmanuel Carrère

Eduard Limonov isn't fictional—but he might as well be. This pseudobiography isn't a novel, but it reads like one: from Limonov's grim childhood to his desperate, comical, ultimately successful attempts to gain the respect of Russia's literary intellectual elite; to his immigration to New York, then to Paris; to his return to the motherland. Limonov could be read as a charming picaresque. But it could also be read as a troubling counternarrative of the second half of the twentieth century, one that reveals a violence, an anarchy, a brutality, that the stories we tell ourselves about progress tend to conceal.

Available October 21


CREATIVITY

Syllabus 

Notes From an Accidental Professor

Lynda Barry

The award-winning author Lynda Barry is the creative force behind the genre-defying and bestselling work What It Is. For the past decade, Barry has run a highly popular writing workshop for nonwriters called Writing the Unthinkable. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor is the first book to make her innovative lesson plans and writing exercises available to the public for home or classroom use. Collaged texts, ballpoint-pen doodles, and watercolor washes adorn Syllabus's yellow lined pages, offering advice on finding a creative voice and using memories to inspire the writing process.

Available October 21


FOOD & DRINK

The Bread Exchange

Tales and Recipes from a Journey of Baking and Bartering

Malin Elmlid

A busy fashion-industry professional with a bread-baking obsession, Malin Elmlid started offering her loaves to others in return for recipes, handmade goods, and, above all, special experiences that come from giving generously of yourself. The Bread Exchange is a book of tales and reflections, of wanderlust connections, and more than 50 recipes for Malin's naturally leavened breads and other delicious things. 

Available October 7


My Little Paris Kitchen

More than 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares, and Shores of France

Rachel Khoo

The world fell in love with Rachel Khoo through her cookbook and television show The Little Paris Kitchen, and immediately began to covet her Parisian lifestyle, fashion sense, and delicious recipes. In My Little French Kitchen, Rachel leaves Paris and travels to the mountains, villages, and shores of France, sampling regional specialties and translating them into more than 100 recipes.

Available October 14


Calgary Cooks 

Recipes from the City's Top Chefs

edited by Gail Norton and Karen Ralph

Designed with the home cook in mind, Calgary Cooks offers recipes for every occasion. Enhanced with an insightful introduction to Calgary's food scene, full-colour images by celebrated food photographer John Sherlock and short profiles of the featured chefs, Calgary Cooks is the definitive guide to the best recipes from the city's most acclaimed restaurants.

Available October 14


The Dirty Apron Cookbook 

Recipes, Tips and Tricks for Creating Delicious, Foolproof Dishes

David Robertson

Want to impress your dinner guests? Need to diversify your regular menu? Nervous about trying a new cooking technique? Tired of eating alone? The Dirty Apron Cooking School caters to a range of students—both beginners and more experienced cooks—looking to come away with delicious menus and more confidence in the kitchen. The Dirty Apron Cookbook brings together the best of these recipes along with many of the tips and tricks shared in the school’'s classes.

Available October 14


HEALTH

Older, Faster, Stronger 

What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, Longer

Margaret Webb

One part personal quest to discover running greatness after age 50, one part investigation into what the women's running boom can teach athletes about becoming fitter, stronger, and faster as we age, Older, Faster, Stronger is an engrossing narrative sure to inspire women of all ages. A former overweight smoker turned marathoner, Margaret Webb runs with elite older women, follows a high-performance training plan devised by experts, and examines research that shows how endurance training can stall aging. She then tests herself against the world's best older runners at the world masters games in Torino, Italy.

 

Available October 7


MIND BODY SPIRIT

Walking Home 

A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed

Sonia Choquette

Within the space of three years, New York Times best-selling author Sonia Choquette suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues.

In order to regain her spiritual footing, Sonia turned to the age-old practice of pilgrimage and set out to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago, an 800-kilometer trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. 

In this riveting book, Sonia shares the intimate details of her gruelling experience, as well as the unexpected moments of grace, humour, and companionship that supported her through her darkest hours. While her journey is unique, the lessons she shares are universal. 

Available October 15


POP CULTURE

Homeland Revealed

Matt Hurwitz

Known for its heart-pumping plot and phenomenal acting, Homeland has garnered fabulous reviews and legions of devoted fans. This richly visual book unpacks the complex show, delving into favorite characters, plot lines, and behind-the-scenes detail, while also examining how real-world technology and techniques inspire and inform Homeland. Hundreds of photos capturing the intense onscreen action complement veteran writer Matt Hurwitz's narrative as he weaves in and out of the past three seasons using interviews with the creators, cast, and crew. 

Available October 14


The Art of Big Hero 6

Jessica Julius

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Big Hero 6 is the story of Hiro Hamada, a brilliant robotics prodigy who must foil a criminal plot that threatens to destroy San Fransokyo. This new title in the popular 'The Art of...' series, published to coincide with the movie's North American release, features concept art from the film's creation—including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, and much more—illuminated by quotes and interviews with the film's creators.

 

Available October 21


Star Wars Costumes

Brandon Alinger

Who can forget the first time Darth Vader marched onto Princess Leia's ship, in his black cape and mask? Or the white hard-body suit of the stormtroopers? Or Leia's outfit as Jabba's slave? These costumes—like so many that adorned the characters of that galaxy far, far away—have become iconic. For the first time, the Lucasfilm Archives is granting full access to the original costumes of episodes IV, V, and VI, allowing them to be revealed in never-before-seen detail. In over 200 new costume photographs, sketches, and behind-the-scenes photos and notes, based on new interviews, fans will get a fresh perspective on the creation of the clothes and costume props that brought these much-loved characters to life.
Available October 28


TRAVEL

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2015

Lonely Planet

The best places to go and things to do all around the world in 2015! Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles travelled by Lonely Planet's staff, authors and online community, we present a year's worth of travel inspiration to take you out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.

Whether it's thanks to a sporting event, a revitalised infrastructure, a special anniversary or just that aura of 'right now', each destination featured has passed through our agonising selection process to win a place on Lonely Planet's hallowed Best in Travel list ­­—now in its 10th edition.

Available October 21


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: August 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Business & Careers + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Humour / July 28, 2014

Next month brings new books from Canadian authors Louise Penny and Guy Delisle, as well as international favourites Charles Cumming, Terry Goodkind, John Scalzi, and a certain Grumpy Cat. Here's our August preview of some of the big new books available from Raincoast:

FICTION

MYSTERY & THRILLERS

Indie Next List August 2014

A Colder War

Charles Cumming

A brilliant novel of MI6 and modern espionage by the New York Times bestselling author of A Foreign Country and The Trinity Six.

A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is arrested and imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. These three incidents, seemingly unrelated, have one crucial link. Each of the three had been recently recruited by Western intelligence. Then MI6’s most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate.

Available August 5

"It’s hard not to root for a character like Kell—deeply cynical but still very much an idealist—and the bombshell plot twists toward the novel’s conclusion will have spy fiction aficionados eagerly awaiting the next installment."Publishers Weekly


★ Indie Next List September 2014

The Long Way Home 

Louise Penny

The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, How the Light Gets In.

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. But when his neighbour Clara Morrow tells him that Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home, he gets up and joins her. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow.

Available August 26

"The emotional depth accessed here is both a wonder and a joy to uncover"Kirkus Reviews


Contemporary Fiction

Indie Next List August 2014

Small Blessings

Martha Woodroof

Readers will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had.

A heartwarming story with a charmingly imperfect cast of characters to cheer for, Small Blessings' wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life has veered irrevocably off track, the track shifts in ways we never can have imagined.


 

Available August 12


FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

Severed Souls

Terry Goodkind

From Terry Goodkind, author of the Sword of Truth series, comes a sweeping new novel of Richard Rahl, Kahlan Amnell, and their world.

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 August 5


The Bounty Hunter Code 

From The Files of Boba Fett

Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham and Jason Fry

Legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett bound together two volumes of great personal significance: an edition of The Bounty Hunter's Guild Handbook, and a recruiting booklet issued by Death Watch, a secretive splinter group of Mandalorians. Together, these volumes make up The Bounty Hunter Code, detailing the skills needed to make a living beyond galactic law as well as the little-known history, philosophy, and gear of Death Watch. With notes from the books' former owners, this collection serves as a crucial guide to the bounty hunter's essential tools and techniques.

Available August 19


Lock In

John Scalzi

A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

In the near-future, a highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. For its unlucky victims—nearly five million people in the US alone—the disease causes 'Lock In': a state of being fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. 

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what's now known as 'Haden's syndrome,' two FBI agents are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder, with a suspect who is an 'integrator'someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. Naming the murderer has never been more complicated. 

Available August 26

"Hugo-winner Scalzi (Redshirts) successfully shifts away from space opera with this smart, thoughtful near-future thriller resonant with the themes of freedom, ethics, and corporate greed."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi (The Human Division, 2013, etc.) is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 


NONFICTION

Humour

I Knead My Mommy

And Other Poems by Kittens

Francesco Marciuliano

Just when we all thought things couldn't get any cuter, from the author of the New York Times bestselling I Could Pee on This comes I Knead My Mommy, a book of confessional poems about the triumphs, trials, and daily discoveries of being a kitten. From climbing walls to claiming hearts, these little cats bare all in such instant classics as "And Then You Said 'No,'" "Ode to a Lizard I Didn't Know Is Also a Pet in This House," and "I Will Save You." With adorable photos of the poetic prodigies throughout, this volume gives readers a glimpse into their confused and curious feline minds as they encounter the world around them.

Available August 5


The Grumpy Guide to Life

Observations from Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat

In a world filled with inspirational know-it-alls and quotable blowhards, only one figure is indifferent enough to tell the cranky truth: Grumpy Cat. Following the success of her New York Times bestselling debut, everyone's favorite disgruntled feline is back with this demotivational guide to everyday life, love, friendship, and more. Featuring many new photos of Grumpy Cat's famous frown and packed with uninspiring observations, The Grumpy Guide to Life will help anyone get in touch with their inner grouch.

Available August 5


Even More Bad Parenting Advice 

Guy Delisle

Laugh-out-loud anecdotes from the front lines of parenting.

Ever wanted to know how to be awarded the Best Dad in the Whole World? Guy Delisle has all the answers for you in these lighthearted, entertaining tales of parental mishaps and practical jokes gone wrong. Whether he's helping remove a pesky, wobbly, but not quite loose tooth or trying to win at hide-and-seek, his antics will resonate with every parent who has wanted to give a sarcastic answer to a funny question from their kid.

 

Available August 26


PERSONAL FINANCE

Build Your Family Bank 

A Winning Vision for Multigenerational Wealth

Emily Griffiths-Hamilton

A fresh and accessible guide to successful wealth transitionfor many generations.

Why do 70% of wealth transition plans fail? This is the question that Emily Griffiths-Hamilton sets out to answer in Build Your Family Bank, a book that looks closely at the core causes of wealth erosion and failed transition plans and offers a set of strategies for building successful wealth transition plans that will benefit many generations.

 

Available August 15


SCIENCE

Riveted 

The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

Jim Davies

A sweeping look at the psychological and evolutionary reasons that everyone is drawn to religion, conspiracy theories, and the news.

Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions. Professor Jim Davies' fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition.

Available August 5


Check out our August preview for kids, middle grade, and teens.


New Releases: July 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Humour + Parenting / June 24, 2014

Are you looking for the latest books to read? Here are some of the new releases coming from Raincoast in July:

FICTION

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Friendship

Emily Gould

A novel about two friends learning the difference between getting older and growing up.

Emily Gould’s debut novel, traces the evolution of a friendship with humour and wry sympathy. Friendship examines the relationship between two women who want to help each other but sometimes can’t help themselves; who want to make good decisions but sometimes fall prey to their own worst impulses; whose generous intentions are sometimes overwhelmed by petty concerns.

It's a novel about the way we speak and live today; about the ways we disappoint and betray one another. 

Available July 1

"Gould nails the complex blend of love, loyalty, and resentment that binds female friends."Publishers Weekly

"Perfect summer reading for people who’d rather stay in the city than go to the beach."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Indie Next List July 2014

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

Lydia Netzer

From the award-winning author of Shine Shine Shine, a tale of two astronomers who meet and fall in love only to find out they were raised from birth to be each other's perfect match.

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky is a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story for dreamers and pragmatists alike, exploring the conflicts of fate and determinism, and asking how much of life is under our control and what is pre-ordained in the stars.

 

Available July 1


Indie Next List July 2014

Landline

Rainbow Rowell

From the bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes a moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman's chance to either save it or make sure it never happens. 

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. 

When Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past, she feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix everything. Is that what she's supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Available July 8

"While the topic might have changed, this is still Rowell—reading her work feels like listening to your hilariously insightful best friend tell her best stories."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Her characters are instantly lovable, and the story moves quickly…the ending manages to surprise and satisfy all at once. Fans will love Rowell’s return to a story close to their hearts."Kirkus Reviews


HISTORICAL FICTION

The Fortune Hunter

Daisy Goodwin

A beautiful empress, a handsome horseman, and a bluestocking heiress form a passionate love triangle in this historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The American Heiress.

Captain Bay Middleton is a dashing young horseman. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National—until he meets Charlotte Baird, a clever, plainspoken heiress. When Empress Elizabeth of Austria joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer, Bay is asked to guide her. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that jeopardizes the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and threatens all of their futures.

Available July 29

"Goodwin manages to take the reader deep inside the characters’ longings and flaws in a way that makes the reader root for them. An enchanting, beautifully written page-turner."Publishers Weekly

"Goodwin has hit on a winning formula—a sophisticated blend of money, class, history, misunderstandings among lovers, spirited women, and unpredictable but irresistible men"Kirkus Reviews


CRIME AND THRILLERS

Now and in the Hour of Our Death 

Patrick Taylor

A convicted IRA bombmaker escapes from prison, throwing his former fiancee’s life into chaos.

Nine years ago, the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland tore apart two young lovers, consuming their hopes and dreams and changing their lives forever. Now, in 1983, Davy McCutcheon and Fiona Kavanagh find themselves worlds apart.

Patrick Taylor's Now and in the Hour of Our Death is a moving and compelling portrait of ordinary men and women caught up in a conflict not of their making, and of the way the past holds onto us even as we try to move on into an uncertain future.

Available July 15

"Taylor writes in rich physical and cultural detail, holding the reader’s attention right to the end. An engrossing tale nicely balancing war and peace.Kirkus Reviews


Sight Unseen

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

She was safe in a world of darkness. Now danger threatens in the cold light of day…
 

Before the experimental surgery that gave her sight, Kendra Michaels developed her other senses to an amazing capacity. Law enforcement agencies clamour for her powers of perception and observation, often disrupting the life she has built for herself. But in this case, it's Kendra who realizes that the apparent traffic accident is in fact a murder, and she rushes to alert the police. Someone is killing people in ways that mirror Kendra's most notorious cases...

Available July 15


New in Paperback

How the Light Gets In 

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Gamache returns to Three Pines in the stunning #1 New York Times bestseller from Louise Penny.

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache... 

Available July 15


NONFICTION

ART

Susan Point 

Works On Paper

Dale Croes, Susan Point and Gary Wyatt

A gorgeous collection of prints by one of the Northwest's leading artists.

Over the past thirty years Susan Point has become the pre-eminent Coast Salish artist of her generation. This beautifully designed volume—the first book devoted exclusively to her works on paper—collects 160 of her prints together for the first time and is sure to inspire and amaze those who see it.

Available July 7


FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS

Have a Nice Guilt Trip

Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Everyone's favorite mother-daughter writing duo is back with a new collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. With twenty-something Francesca navigating New York City, Lisa holding down the fort in the suburbs, and Mother Mary making frequent and always entertaining appearances, there are plenty of opportunities for family-induced guilt, fighting, laughter, and love.

 

Available July 8


BIOGRAPHY

Neil Armstrong

A Life of Flight

Jay Barbree

The definitive biography of Neil Armstrong by Jay Barbree, an Emmy-winning journalist who was his close friend.

Working from 50 years of conversations he had with Neil, from notes, interviews, NASA spaceflight transcripts, and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted, Barbree writes about Neil’s three passions—flight, family, and friends.

Timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the book is packed with never-before-seen photos and personal details written down for the first time—like what that giant step for mankind really felt like.

Available July 8


Maeve Binchy

The Biography

Piers Dudgeon 

The first biography of Maeve Binchy since her death, chronicling her path to becoming a writer.

In this extraordinary biography, Piers Dudgeon reveals that the inspiration for many of her stories came from Maeve’s own hard-won experience growing up in Ireland. 

Drawing on extensive research and humorous personal anecdotes, Maeve Binchy: The Biography celebrates the life of a compassionate, down-to-earth and charming woman who touched hearts around the world and left behind an incredible legacy.

Available July 22


HUMOUR

Goodnight Darth Vader

Jeffrey Brown

It's bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy, and Darth Vader's parenting skills are tested anew in this delightful follow-up to the breakout New York Times bestsellers Darth Vader™ and Son and Vader's™ Little Princess.

In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia, who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favourite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others.

Available July 22


Have you seen our preview of July's new releases for kids, middle grade, and teens yet?


New Releases: June 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Food & Drink + Parenting / May 21, 2014

Next month, bestselling Canadian author Chevy Stevens returns with her new novel That Night, and by Toronto-based novelist A. M. Dellamonica kicks off a new fantasy series with Child of a Hidden Sea. We also have a new books from John Waters, Uncle John's, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Take a look at just a few some the new titles available from Raincoast in June:  

FICTION

SCIENCE FICTION

Earth Awakens

Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

The story of The First Formic War continues 

Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card's bestselling novel Ender's Game, Earth has been invaded. Politics and pride have slowed the response on Earth, and on corporate settlement Luna, power struggles seem more urgent than distant deaths. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn't wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost. 

 

Available June 10


THRILLERS

That Night 

Chevy Stevens

A stunning breakout novel from the bestselling Canadian author of Still Missing.

Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside...

Available June 17

 

 

"As finely calculated in its escalating suspense as Stevens’ grueling debut"Kirkus Reviews 

"an exciting page-turner with an incisive twist."Publishers Weekly


FANTASY

Child of a Hidden Sea 

A. M. Dellamonica

A rousing tale of adventure and adversity, politics and personal trials, in the fascinating world of Stormwrack Archipelago.

One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles...

 

Available June 24


NONFICTION

FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / PARENTING

Mindful Discipline

A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

Shauna Shapiro and Chris White
(foreword by Christine Carter)

Raising happy, compassionate, and responsible children requires both love and limits. In Mindful Discipline, internationally recognized mindfulness expert Shauna Shapiro and paediatrician Chris White weave together ancient wisdom and modern science to provide new perspectives on parenting and discipline.
 

 

Available June 1


HUMOUR / TRIVIA

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Canada (Illustrated Edition)

Bathroom Readers' Institute

Full of fascinating facts about the greatest country in the world, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Canada (Illustrated Edition) is packed with photographs and illustrations. Put away the hockey gear, grab a plate of Kraft dinner, and join us.

Whether you're a true Canuck or just always wanted to be one, this book is for you!

Available June 1


TRAVEL

Carsick

John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

John Waters

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdo.

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin moustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitch-hikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travellers transporting the Pope of Trash? 

Available June 3

"Presenting the best- and worst-case scenarios for modern hitchhiking as only Waters can, the narratives range from encounters with a pleasant group of marijuana smugglers and Edith Massey, to a harrowing imprisonment in Kansas and traumatic fan meeting. Waters devotees take note: this is required reading."Publishers Weekly (starred review)


ETIQUETTE

Good Manners for People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Amy Alkon

A smart, funny, in-your-face modern manners book on day-to-day behavior for regular people.

Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss when it comes to dealing effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.

Available June 3


FOOD & DRINK

The Bar Book

Elements of Cocktail Technique

Jeffrey Morgenthaler with Martha Holmberg

Written by renowned bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler, The Bar Book is the only technique-driven cocktail handbook out there. This indispensable guide breaks down bartending into essential techniques, and then applies them to building the best drinks.

Available June 3


CREATIVE WRITING

712 More Things to Write About

San Francisco Writers' Grotto

Here are 712 more witty, outrageous, and thought-provoking writing prompts for fans of the super-popular 642 Things to Write About—all guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing: from listing childhood hiding places and describing the sensation of falling asleep to creating memorable characters, unusual fortune cookie messages, and mash-up movie plotlines.

 

Available June 6


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


An Interview with Kseniya Melnik, Author of Snow in May

by Larisa
May 05, 2014

It's with great pleasure that Raincoast Books is featuring an interview with a debut author Kseniya Melnik, where we discuss how Russian soul affects the work of an American writer.

Larisa: First of all, congratulations on your very first book Snow in May which very symbolically is being published in May 2014. By the way, is it just a coincidence or it’s been carefully planned?

Kseniya: Thank you! I sold my book in March of 2013, and it usually takes at least a year to get it published. So I’m sure that the publishers thought: if we’re aiming for spring of next year, why not try for May to make that additional little connection with the title. It’s a good timing.  

Larisa: Your family immigrated to America when you were in a tender age of 15. Basically, you grew up and developed your personality here. Do you feel more Russian or more American? Or, maybe it’s a mix of genes and environment that shaped your soul?

Kseniya: My upbringing was definitely a mix of cultures and ideas, and whether I feel more Russian or American can change depending on what country I am in. In America, I feel more Russian; when travelling, I usually feel more American. No matter how much they say that one person doesn’t represent his or her country, we still reveal a certain amount of cultural and historical baggage when we tell people where we are from. Since I still have my Russian accent (most of the time), even in America people often say things like: “Oh, you’re from Alaska, but where are you really from?”

So if I was pressed to choose, I’d say I’m more Russian. I have a very strong connection to the Russian culture: literature; classical, pop, and folk music; film and cartoons, children's fairy tales. I feel like that’s almost more important than where one lives at present. Culture, truly, is the language of the soul. 

Larisa: How does this affect your writing?

Kseniya: I’m probably too close to my own writing to say how my dual heritage affects it beyond pure subject matter.

Larisa: How did you like it in Alaska? I believe, the climate is not much different from Magadan, so it shouldn't have been a big change for you?

Kseniya: When I had just moved to Alaska from Russia, I didn’t like it very much. I was cut off from all my childhood friends, my favourite activities and neighbourhood haunts. Plus, I was pretty stressed out at school, catching up on the English language and the way the American education system worked. I couldn’t wait to graduate high school to leave Anchorage. 

When I returned to Alaska from New York in 2010 and lived there for two years, I completely fell in love with it. I learned about its history and saw a lot more outside of Anchorage: the glaciers, the national parks, the rivers, the mountains. I did a lot of hiking and skiing, too. To really love a place, I need to connect with its history and self-mythology: the Native-American legends, the Russian fur trappers, Captain Cook, the Gold Rush, the Battle of Attu and Kiska, the building of the Alyeska pipeline, etc.  As for the weather, it’s actually considerably warmer in Anchorage than in Magadan. Much less windy, and the summers are warmer.

Larisa: Many people in North America never heard about Magadan, which plays a significant role in your stories. If you were to describe your home city in five words, what those would be?

Kseniya: Cold, windy, isolated, beautiful, enchanting.   

Larisa: Most of your stories are set in Russia. Why is it important for you to write about Russia? Is it mostly nostalgia and the need to preserve your memories and feelings about your childhood or are you trying to tell American reader about Russia and Russian people?

Kseniya: I don’t think I write purely out of nostalgia or to preserve childhood memories. But there is probably a bit of feeling that, having grown up in Russia, I can identify some stories that haven’t been told yet, or told enough or told in a certain way, in North America. Also, I often feel a tug to write about the places I have left; I like writing from a distance of miles and years. Ultimately, it’s all about interest and inspiration. I read somewhere that the story finds its writer, not the other way around. Sometimes you don’t know why you become obsessed with a certain story, a certain set of characters, or just a voice. It will haunt and obsess you until you write it.

Larisa:  The stories are set in different eras—late 50th, mid-70th, 90th. How was it possible for you to take in such a big period of time when you weren’t even born, and all the complex details of reality such as living in communal apartments in Moscow or military dormitory in Vladivostok—things you haven’t experienced yourself? Where all the details come from?

Kseniya: I did a lot of research online, in books, films, and through interviews. I believe that those little details of daily life have a huge influence on how we see the world and what dreams we dare to dream.

Larisa: Some of your stories are written from the voice of children. How much of Kseniya Melnik herself is in those characters? Or, let me put it this way: is Sonechka’s character drawn from Kseniya?

Kseniya: There is probably a little bit of me in all of my characters, including Sonya. She’s not my psychological alter-ego but her story arc contains the most autobiographical details from my life. For example, I too used to have a somewhat morbid interest in medicine: I loved hospitals and medical tools; I worshipped my grandmother, who was a chief doctor, and I wanted to be a doctor myself; and I worked at her clinic for a summer when I was fourteen. I wrote a memoir piece about this on granta.com called “A Dose of Winter Medicine,” which is a companion piece of sorts to “Summer Medicine.”   

Larisa: Did you take piano classes? From reading your story "The Uncatchable Avengers" I believe it wasn't quite happy experience, was it?

Kseniya: Piano was a very big part of my life. My mother is a musician, and she sat me at the piano when I was four or five and taught me for a year before I began attending music school in Magadan. Growing up, I had a very love-hate relationship with piano as well as with my piano teacher, who was very strict. It wasn’t so much an unhappy experience, it’s just that when you’re a child, often times you’d rather be doing something other than practicing piano for two hours every day. So I spent a lot of time daydreaming at the piano, and I always yearned to play a different instrument, like violin or saxophone. I imagined it would be so much easier to learn. And I did pick up violin and viola when we moved to America so that I could be in the high school orchestra. Of course, those instruments are just as hard if you want to be good.

I think studying piano from such an early age made me a better writer. My mom and my teacher always encouraged me to come up with narratives for the pieces, to infuse musical phrases with emotion just like you would a line of dialogue. It’s a great training in focus as well as paying attention to tiny details: in a music piece, every note and pause matters. That’s how I approach writing, too: no word or comma is too insignificant to be swept up in a passage, to be written automatically.

When it came to writing “The Uncatchable Avengers,” I tried to tap into that familiar feeling of how hard it is to concentrate at the piano—your thoughts are way faster than your hands—and also how amazingly light and happy you feel after you’re done with a recital. It feels like the weight of the world just slid off your shoulders.

Larisa: In a story "Kruchina" you mention a song "Oj, da ne vecher".  It’s a magnificent, but very sad song which I like a lot. Is it being sung in your family?

Kseniya: Yes, we really love that song in my family. I always thought of it as a woman’s song, but the words in the later couplets—which I'd only recently discovered— suggest a groom whose bride had died and he doesn't want to live anymore without her. This just shows that we often appropriate the art in whatever way suits our mood.

Larisa: What is your favourite story in the Snow in May collection? Which one was the easiest and which was the toughest to write?

Kseniya: I honestly don’t have a favourite one. They are like my children, and I love them equally even if somewhat differently. I’ve given my entire heart and mind to each one. I do feel extra tenderness for “Kruchina,” which I started writing in late 2004 as a short screenplay. It’s been with me through a lot! 

Larisa: How long does it take for you to write a story?

Kseniya: The fastest one was “The Witch,” which took just a few months. Usually, each story takes a few years from the spark of an idea to the final draft. I rotate the stories in a big revision cycle with all the different things I’m writing. I am an insufferable perfectionist.

Larisa: Who is usually your first reader? Who offers the most severe critique? Is it easy for a writer to accept critique?

Kseniya: My first readers are several of my writer-friends from NYU, as well as my husband. Both my NYU friends and my agents and editors are very honest when it comes to feedback. My husband is usually left to pick up the pieces of my broken ego. I’m just kidding smile The ego doesn’t belong in the creative space.

It’s always a little uncomfortable to hear criticism—even smart, constructive criticism—but over time I’ve learned not to base my entire self-worth as a writer on one or even five opinions. I am endlessly grateful for a thorough critique from a reader who really gets what I’m trying to do; at the same time, I no longer feel that I have to take into account everyone’s suggestions and please all. I’ve become a little more confident in my own voice.  

Larisa: Are you planning to write more about Russia, or you told your reader everything you wanted to tell about your Russian soul and now it's time to move on to writing about your present in America?

Kseniya: Nope, I’m not done with Russia yet!

Larisa: Are you planning to write in Russian?  Would you consider translating the existing stories and publishing them in Russia?

Kseniya: I’ve never really felt the calling to write in Russian, though I translate a lot of words from Russian when I write. I’m afraid my Russian is not strong enough for professional Russian translation, and I feel like I’d be tempted to rewrite the stories completely. I’d be equally curious and anxious to see someone else do it, though. Would I recognize my stories afterwards? Translation is such a curious animal.

Larisa: How did MFA at New York University affect you as a writer? Did it help to develop your own style or to become more comfortable with your own voice?

Kseniya: It definitely made me more self-assured, in my voice and in the value of what I have to say. I’d like to think that it pushed me along the path I was meant to take but at a greater speed. I had amazing professors who taught me how to read as a writer, how to dissect and deconstruct a short story or a novel so that I could learn from it, how to think about stories differently. My classmates were a joy to have workshops with—I learned as much from them as from the professors—and to discuss books in class and afterwards. It’s so inspiring to hang out every day with a group of people who share your love of language and books as well as the crazy ambition of writing something great.

LarisaKseniya, I know you are an avid reader. Can we speak about your reading preferences? Is there a book (or books) you would always have with you wherever you go and reread over and over again?

Kseniya: I mostly read literary fiction, but I try to read as widely as possible, everything from classics to books in translation to debuts hot off the press. Some of my favorite writers are Alice Munro, Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, Ian McEwan, Vladimir Nabokov, Jhumpa Lahiri, Aleksandar Hemon, W.G. Sebald, Ludmila Ulitskaya, and Andreï Makine. Makine immigrated from USSR to France in ’87 and writes in French, though his subject matter is mostly Russia. I read him in English. I love the Russian classics, too, all the biggies.

As far as rereading, I keep returning to Childhood. Adolescence. Youth by Leo Tolstoy; Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev; The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald; Novel with Cocaine by A. Ageyev; and certain stories of Chekhov, Munro, Hemon, and Lahiri. 

Larisa: Do you prefer reading in English or in Russian?

Kseniya: I like reading in both language equally. Reading in Russian is always more intense for me; the native language touches a live nerve.

Larisa: As a writer you want to be unique and certainly don't want to imitate anyone. But is there a writer whose talent is sort of leading light for you, the ideal you would like to follow?

Kseniya: Aleksandar Hemon is a bit of a role model for me. He came to America from Sarajevo in ’92 and writes magnificently in English. I love his work. 

Larisa: Now when your book had been published, are you taking some time off and enjoying life of an accomplished author spending your days reading and travelling or you are back to your desk working hard on new stories?

Kseniya: Maybe if the book is a bestseller, my publishers will send me on a world tour of reading and wine-drinking! For now, I feel very happy that this book is done, and it’s as good as I can make it at this time. I’m working on new material and travelling the world via books from the comfort of my couch, with a glass of wine.

Larisa: Kseniya, thank you very much for this opportunity. It's been a great pleasure to read your stories.

Kseniya: Thank you!

To learn more about Kseniya Melnik and her work visit www.kseniyamelnik.com. Snow is May is available May 13, 2014. 


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.


New Releases: April 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Art & Photography + Fashion & Textiles + Fiction + History + Humour / March 11, 2014

Here's a sneak-peek at some of the new releases coming to bookstores in April (and be sure to check out our new books for kids and teens as well!)... 

FICTION

Short Stories 

Can't and Won't

Lydia Davis

A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called "the best prose stylist in America."
 

In her fifth collection of stories, Lydia Davis writes with bracing candor and sly humor about the quotidian, revealing the mysterious, the foreign, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the predictable patterns of daily life.

 

 

"Five years after a mammoth, comprehensive collection of stories secured her literary legacy, this unique author explores new directions and blurs boundaries in writing that is always fresh and often funny."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Davis’s bulletproof prose sends each story shooting off the page."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Available April 8


Suspense

Keep Quiet

Lisa Scottoline

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a gripping new novel about family and justice.

Keep Quiet is an emotionally complex story about one man's split-second decision to protect his son— and the devastating consequences that follow.

 

 

 

 

 

"Scottoline keeps the tension high while portraying a family in turmoil. A heck of a twist ending wraps everything up...a satisfying and suspenseful read."—Booklist

"Scottoline brings tension to a boil in her latest novel. Her characters are believable, and her protagonist is sympathetic. This is an intriguing exploration of human frailties, justice and family relationships."—RT Reviews  

Available April 8


Fantasy

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire  

Patrick Weekes

Journey into the darkest and deadliest part of Orlais, where the weight of titles matters less than the strength of blades. In this thrilling tie-in to the award-winning Dragon Age™ games, alliances are forged and promises broken as Empress Celene and Grand Duke Gaspard battle for the throne. But in the end, the elves who hide in the forests or starve in the slums may decide the fate of the masked empire.

Available April 8

 


Thrillers / Crime

Blood Always Tells 

Hilary Davidson

Hilary Davidson returns with Blood Always Tells, a twisted tale of love, crime, and family gone wrong.

The Canadian-born Davidson is the award-winning author of The Damage Done and Evil in All Its Disguises.

 

 

 

 

 

"Davidson has penned an outstanding novel that entertains with its carefully plotted tale of kidnapping, murder and duplicity. Impressive from the outset, the surprises continue throughout until the clincher at the end. Her talent for character development shines as each person blends flawlessly into the story."—RT Reviews

"This could be the Gone Girl of 2014"—MysteryPeople

Available April 15


Literary

The Other Story 

Tatiana de Rosnay

From the author of Sarah's Key, an absorbing new novel about a young writer who, while digging into his family’s deeply buried secrets, finds the key to his future.

Page-turning, layered and beautifully written, The Other Story is a reflection on identity, the process of being a writer and the repercussions of generations-old decisions as they echo into the present and shape the future.

 

 

Available April 15


Literary

In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman

A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century.

In the Light of What We Know takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope—from Kabul to London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, and Princeton—and explores the great questions of love, belonging, science, and war. It is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other.  

 

 

"Beautifully written evidence that some of the most interesting writing in English is coming from the edges of old empires."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This formidable novel unpacks friendship, betrayal, unknowability – and includes an astute take on Englishness, on class, on mathematical theory, human rights, and whether people can trust their own perception of the world."The Observer (UK)

Available April 22


Science Fiction

Afterparty

Daryl Gregory

A mind-bending and violent chase across Canada and the US, Daryl Gregory's Afterparty is a marvelous mix of William Gibson's Neuromancer, Philip K. Dick's Ubik, and perhaps a bit of Peter Watts's Starfish: a last chance to save civilization, or die trying.

 

 

 

 

"Gregory dashes off his near-future story like a ‘chemjet’ printing out sheets of smart drugs…The tragi-comical satire dispenses with sermons and easy morals, preferring to be entertaining and thought-provoking instead."Publishers Weekly

Available April 22


Suspense

Live to See Tomorrow 

Iris Johansen

Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang. Luke was kidnapped at age two, and now, nine years later, he has astonishingly been returned to her. Catherine vows never to fail him again. But when her job pulls her away from home, she relies on the brilliant and deadly Hu Chang to safeguard Luke in her absence...

Available April 29


NONFICTION

Literary Collections / Essays

The Empathy Exams

Essays

Leslie Jamison

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection of essays by Leslie Jamieson. The book is the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, and Publishers Weekly named it one of the best essay collections of Spring 2014

 

 

 

 

"Novelist Jamison’s... first collection of essays, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, is a heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, and ourselves."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Available April 1


Travel

The World's Great Wonders

Jheni Osman

Go beyond the visual spectacle of the world's 50 greatest wonders, and discover what makes them such amazing places. With stunning images and expert illustrations, experience and appreciate the most famous sights on earth in an exciting new way.

 

 

Available April 1


Art / Popular Culture / Fashion

The WORN Archive 

Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, & History of What We Wear

Edited by Serah-Marie McMahon

The WORN Archive is a manifesto for fashion and clothing, featuring the best content from Worn Fashion Journal's first 14 issues. The articles, penned by a host of unique contributors, touch on topics as wide-ranging as feminism, hijabs, how to tie a tie, the history of flight attendants, and textile conservation. With eclectic photo shoots featuring 'real' models, striking illustrations, and whimsical layouts, every page is a joyful, creative approach to clothing.

Available April 1


Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational

Miracles Now

108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose

Gabrielle Bernstein

Most of us don't have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We're overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn't add to that.

Gabrielle Bernstein has hand-picked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems-stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now. 

 

Available April 8


Art / History

The Book of Trees

Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

Manuel Lima

Michael Lima's critically acclaimed bestseller Visual Complexity was the first in-depth examination of the burgeoning field of information visualization. In this new companion volume, The Book of Trees, data viz expert Lima examines the history of the tree diagram, from its roots in the illuminated manuscripts of medieval monasteries to its current resurgence as an elegant means of visualization.

Available April 8


Art / Canadian

Sister and I  in Alaska 

Emily Carr; edited by David A. Silcox

Full of humour and delight, with a playful text and whimsical full colour illustrations, Sister and I in Alaska documents Emily and Alice's trip to Skidegate, Juneau and places beyond, an adventure that proved seminal in the development of Carr as one of the foremost painters of the last century.

Available April 9


History / Military

War! What Is It Good For?

Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots

Ian Morris

In War! What Is It Good For? renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris tells the gruesome, gripping story of fifteen thousand years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has really done to and for the world. As Morris explains war has created bigger, more complex societies, ruled by governments that have stamped out internal violence. Strangely enough, killing has made the world safer and richer.

 

"A profoundly uncomfortable but provocative argument that “productive war” promotes greater safety, a decrease in violence and economic growth... A disturbing, transformative text that veers toward essential reading."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Available April 15


Humour

Sh*t Rough Drafts

Pop Culture's Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been

Paul Laudiero

Sh*t Rough Drafts collects imagined misguided early drafts of classic books, screenplays, and contemporary literature, creating visions of alternate works that would exist had the authors not come to their senses. 

 

 

 
Available April 15

History / Europe

Hotel Florida

Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

Amanda Vaill

Madrid, 1936. In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe, six people meet and find their lives changed forever. Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage sour, hopes that this war will give him fresh material and new romance; Martha Gellhorn, an ambitious novice journalist hungry for love and experience, thinks she will find both with Hemingway in Spain. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, idealistic young photographers based in Paris, want to capture history in the making and are inventing modern photojournalism in the process. And Arturo Barea, chief of Madrid's loyalist foreign press office, and Ilsa Kulcsar, his Austrian deputy, are struggling to balance truth-telling with loyalty to their compromised cause—a struggle that places both of them in peril.

"War, sex, friendship, betrayal, celebrity, rivalry, jealousy, idealism, foolishness and foppery—all this and more gather in the lobby of Madrid’s Hotel Florida."Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully told, Vaill’s story captures the timeless immediacy of warfront reporting with the universal struggle to stay in love, just before the Nazis permanently changed the European landscape."Publishers Weekly

Available April 22


History / Europe

Kind Mama

A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning

Alicia Silverstone

In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. She helps readers navigate everything from prenatal testing and birth plans to successful breastfeeding and creating a supportive "baby nest." The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone, while helping them embark on a healthy and more vibrant path to motherhood.

 

Available April 22


Cooking / Health & Healing

The Family Cooks

100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food That's Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You

Laurie David; foreword by Katie Couric

In The Family Cooks, Laurie David inspires parents and kids to take control of what they eat by making it themselves. With her longtime collaborator, Kirstin Uhrenholdt, David offers more than 100 recipes that are simple, fast, "low in the bad stuff and high in the good stuff," and designed to bring kids into the cooking process.

Available April 22


House & Home / Decorating

Bright Bazaar

Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style

Will Taylor

Dive into a refreshing take on color from one of the world's leading interiors bloggers, Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar: West Elm's "go-to blogger for color inspiration." What began as a popular blog attracting over 400,000 readers a month is now a gorgeous, colour-popping book sure to delight and inspire all.

 

 

Available April 29


From Russia with Pride

by Larisa
Fiction / February 25, 2014

For the last couple of weeks, millions of people from all around the world have been glued to their TVs cheering for athletes, enjoying the performances and counting medals during one of this year’s most spectacular sporting events – the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Our attention was drawn to Russia where athletes were competing from countries all around the globe. I was happy to cheer for both my native Russia as well as my newly adopted homeland – Canada. I was equally moved when athletes from either country ascended the podium. And I was trying to swallow that lump in my throat when either a Russian or Canadian flag were raised or their anthem was played. But now, when Olympics excitement is behind, more than anything else I want my fellow Canadians to learn what a beautiful country Russia is and what outstanding people live there.

Russia has always been a subject of controversy. Forty-years of Cold War and somewhat ambiguous governing for the last two decades established rather a negative image of the country. But let’s put political and historical arguments aside and think about the ordinary Russian people, their lives and their struggles. What is Russia besides being a proud homeland of incredible ballet, magnificent music and great art? Who are these Russians known as ridiculously rich oligarchs, heavy drinkers, and homophobes? Is there another side of Russia and Russians yet to discover? My answer is yes! And there is no better way to do that than reading a good book. With a number of wonderful books coming out this year, we have a unique opportunity to learn more about the country and its people from the work of Russian writers. 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, novelist and historian, is an iconic figure and doesn’t need any special introduction. Four of his books are coming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. First two – August 1914 and November 1916 are parts of 'The Red Wheel', a cycle of novels presenting the epic history of Russian Revolution. Cancer Ward and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich are considered Solzhenitsyn’s greatest achievements and examples of the most significant literary works of the century.

But I was also thrilled to discover the name of one my favorite contemporary writers Ludmila Ulitskaya on Farrar Straus & Giroux 2014 Fall list. Ulitskaya is one of Russia’s most prominent and popular literary figures, author of numerous novels, short stories, plays and tales for children. She has won many Russian as well as international awards including the Russian Booker Prize, Medici Prize of France, Penne Prize of Italy and many others. Her novel The Big Green Tent, which is being published by FSG in December, is about friendship and love, faith and betrayal; all the moral choices people make throughout their lives. It’s about bright personalities in dark times. Ulitskaya’s scientific background (she has a degree in biology and genetics) affects the way she scrutinizes people’s behavior and motivation. She believes there is no certain age or life period to become mature in terms of morality. In her opinion, one might never leave a chrysalis stage of their development, whereas another would push the boundaries and turn into a beautiful butterfly. This allows the person to see, hear and learn more than others, take more responsibility and be free of fear. Ulitskaya is wondering what could possibly cause this transformation – where we were born, how we were raised, who we met or what experiences we had? I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Russian soviet history, human morality or good literature.

In May 2014 Henry Holt & Co introduces the book Snow in May a literary debut by Kseniya Melnik, a young author of Russian origin. Melnik was born in Magadan, a remote city in the Far East region of Russia. Similar to Alaska, Magadan was founded as a port for exporting gold. Sadly, very soon it became infamous for being a major transit centre for the GULAG. Prisoners of all kinds had been settled in Magadan, many of them highly educated and strong in their political beliefs. Later, the Soviet government made several attempts to develop Siberia and the Far East region by welcoming young and offering them work, accommodation and higher wages. These events helped to build a vibrant community of professionals and intellectuals living harsh lives and striving to survive the near-perpetual winters. All these characters come alive in Melnik’s short stories, where she portrays the great drama of the country on a personal scale. Melnik’s characters don’t have to make difficult moral choices. The previous generation went through troubles of slippery moral decision-making for the sake of better future for their kids. Now their descendants are supposed to “reap the fruits of socialism”.  Is this future even close to what their parents were striving for?

This young author has an amazing ability to delineate her characters. She is equally adept at the voice of an excited eighteen-year-old bride or later a complacent old party worker. And Kseniya Melnik is able to weave skillfully between different historical periods of Soviet era and nowadays. She retells the stories of several generations by fictionalizing experiences of her parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours. Despite the fact Melnik’s family immigrated to Alaska when she was only fifteen, she is still able to draw from five decades of Russian history and paint an intimate portrait of people and their troubled lives. Kseniya Melnik is my new favourite author and I hope to see more of the carefully explored and brilliantly depicted characters from Russia in her new books.

Despite or perhaps because of all the sorrows and troubles, Russia continuously produces talents of highest calibre which are valued all around the world. Enjoy the 2014 Olympic Games and great books offered to you from Russia with pride.


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