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Inside the Fall 12 Sales Conference

by Natalia
News + Vancouver / May 01, 2012

Last week was the Raincoast Fall 2012 sales conference.  This is when all our publishers come to Vancouver to talk to the sales team about their brand new fall titles.  For us publicists, it's a chance to hear about the hot upcoming books and see what will be in store for us this fall!  There were so many fabulous books that it made my head spin, but I thought I would share a small selection of my favourites...


I was blown at conference by this new series of classics from Thunder Bay Press.  The picture does not convey how beautiful this series is: they're gorgeous books with a soft, velvety leather cover, a celebration of the tactility of the page.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Canterbury Classics singles series




I like to think of myself as a scholarly being, a reader of highfalutin' literary fiction, an intellectual.  But then someone throws a book about cat pee in front of me and I think it's hilarious. So much for the highbrow.

I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats
Francesco Marciuliano




If you think doing your Christmas shopping on time is a challenge, try getting a book to press in time for the holidays.  Publishing is an industry that has to roll way ahead of the game.  But this picture book from Sourcebooks is so lovely and sweet it could be enjoyed any day of the year.

A Flower in the Snow
Tracey Corderoy and Sophie Allsopp


Whoever thought rocks would be interesting?   This is a quirky one, but I'm intrigued by the promised chapter on inukshuks...

Cairns: Messengers in Stone
David Williams






Sometimes it's the cover that pulls you in.  I love these little quill duelists.

The Language Wars: A History of Proper English
Henry Hitchings





And from Drawn & Quarterly, a very cool collection by New Yorker cartoonist Adrian Tomine.

New York Drawings
Adrian Tomine






What upcoming book are you most excited to see this year?

The Inside Scoop on Spring 2012

by Dan
Design & Typography + Fiction + Graphica / December 05, 2011

Vancouver snapshot

For those of you who don't know, I'm usually based in Toronto. But last week, I was out west for the Raincoast Books spring 2012 sales conference. Sadly I didn't get to see much of Vancouver (the photo above was taken less than a block from the hotel!) or catch up with half the people I meant to, but I did get to hear about a lot of great new books and so I thought I would quickly share a FEW of my personal favourites...

The strangest book on the week was surely How To Build Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection by David F. Dufty which is on the Henry Holt & Co list. Spoiler alert: THEY LOST THE ROBOT!


Henry Holt also have a new novel by Herta Mueller, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2009, called The Hunger Angel, and the latest from John Banville's alter-ego Benjamin Black, Vengeance.

Picador are publishing a collected edition of Edward St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose trilogy in January — the first time they've all been properly available in the US & Canada I believe — to coincide with the release of his new book At Last (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux). Picador also have a collection of essays by Siri Hustvedt, Living, Thinking, Looking.

Although this season's long-awaited Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design will be hard to beat, there are several art and design titles that caught my eye. Princeton Architectural Press are publishing Woodcut, a book of beautiful prints by artist Bryan Nash Gill and Up on the Roof, a collection of photographs by Alex MacLean of New York's hidden rooftop spaces. PAPress are also publishing a paperback edition of Michael Bierut's must-read Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design, and a paperback edition of the beautiful Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico.

100 years of fashion

Lawrence King are publishing a new book on the history of picture books, Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles, and a new edition of The End of Print by David Carson. 100 Years of Fashion by Cally Blackman also looks stunning.  

On the comics side, Drawn & Quarterly are publishing Jerusalem: Chronicle from the Holy City, the latest travelogue from Guy Delisle who previous books include The Burma Chronicles, Pyongyang and Shenzhen, and a new edition of Chester Brown's controversial, scatological and long out-of-print comic Ed The Happy Clown.

I'm also looking forward to seeing more of Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg by Arne Bellstorf which is being published by First Second in April, and to getting my hands on Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown and All My Friends Are Still Dead by Avery Monsen and Jori John from Chronicle Books.

And lastly — because I am big nerd and recently finished reading his earlier book about the Dark Knight Batman Unmasked — I'm excited about Will Brooker's Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-First Century Batmanwhich is being published by I. B. Tauris in July.

Phew! More to come... grin

Fall 2010 Sales Conference

by Dan
News / April 26, 2010

I am on the west coast this week from Raincoast's Toronto outpost for the our Fall 2010 Sales Conference. This is when all our publishers come to Vancouver to present their shiny new books to our sales team.

The fun kicks off tomorrow at 8am and it's 3 days of intense book talk. It keeps us all pretty busy and so things maybe a little quiet on the online front here for the next few days. Rest assured, however, that we will keep you posted on exciting new titles coming this Fall and watch out for newsflashes on Twitter!

And yes, I will be trying to make it to English Bay at least once while I am here... wink