Heading to the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto next week? Make sure you stop by the Raincoast booth (#417) and meet some of our fantastic Canadian authors! Take a look at the author signing schedule below:
Thursday, January 28:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: A.M. Dellamonica
A. M. Dellamonica is the author of Indigo Springs, winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and its concluding sequel Blue Magic. Her short stories have appeared in a number of fantasy and science fiction magazines, anthologies and on Tor.com.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Marina Cohen
Marina Cohen is the author of several fantasy and horror novels for kids and teens. Her novel, Ghost Ride, was nominated for the 2011 Ontario Library Association Red Maple Award and won Honour Book. Cohen has been teaching in the York Region District School Board since 1995.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Ausma Zehanat Khan
Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law and is a former adjunct law professor. She was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Colorado with her husband. This is her second novel.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Jess Keating
As an author and zoologist, Jess Keating has tickled a shark, lost a staring contest against an octopus, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids. Her first fiction novel, How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied, received a Starred Review from Kirkus and has been nominated for a Red Maple Award. Visit her online at jesskeating.com.
Friday, January 29:
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Catherine Lo and Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Inspired by 12 years working with at-risk teenagers as a teacher in a behavior support program, Catherine Lo is the author of How It Ends. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her family.
A former journalist and model, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn has travelled the world and enjoys writing contemporary fiction. She lives in London, Ontario with her husband. Firsts is her debut novel.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Courtney Summers
Courtney Summers is the author of seven young adult novels including Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in southern Ontario, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.
Get excited! The Fall Fierce Reads Tour is stopping in Toronto, and it’s sure to be a fun-filled afternoon with four fabulously fierce authors.
Josephine Angelini, Leigh Bardugo, Emma Mills and Leila Sales will be at Indigo Yonge & Eglinton on Saturday, October 17th at 3:00 PM. These four ladies will chat about their books, share stories and answer audience questions before signing their upcoming novels. And if you thought this event couldn’t get any better, I’m happy to tell you that Ariel Bissett—founder of BookTubeAThon and an overall fantastic YouTuber—will be hosting.
Unfortunately, I will be stuck here in Vancouver and will not be able to fangirl with the rest of you lucky Toronto dwellers, so if you are able to attend the event, we would love it if you could keep us in the loop by using the hashtag #FierceReadsTakesTO on social media. I will be living vicariously through you!
Just in case you are unfamiliar with these authors (FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF IMMEDIATELY), you can click the links below to learn more about these wonderful books and their writers.
Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (Worldwalker, #2)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
First & Then by Emma Mills
Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales
If you can’t make it to Toronto for this event (I empathize completely…), make sure you stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages next week as the #FierceReadsTakesTO Blog Tour commences! 10 of our lovely bloggers will be posting reviews, as well as Q&As with these authors, starting on Monday. You won’t want to miss this!
Ausma holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law (with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans), and was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. The Unquiet Dead, published by Minotaur last week, is a complex and provocative story of loss, redemption, and the cost of justice. Described by the Associated Press as "an outstanding debut that is not easily forgotten," it will linger with readers long after turning the final page.
The Unquiet Dead Book Launch
Ben McNally Books
366 Bay Street, Toronto
Wednesday, January 28 | 6:00 PM
Praise for The Unquiet Dead:
"This whodunit is layered into events as recent as the Maher Arar affair or Toronto’s fears of “homegrown” urban terrorists. Khan, who holds a Ph.D. in international human-rights law, knows her subject, knows her hometown, and knows how to keep the suspense building. This is a writer to watch."—Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail
"An intelligent plot and graceful writing make "The Unquiet Dead" an outstanding debut that is not easily forgotten."—The Associated Press
"Khan is a refreshing original, and The Unquiet Dead blazes what one hopes will be a new path guided by the author's keen understanding of the intersection of faith and core Muslim values, complex human nature and evil done by seemingly ordinary people."—Los Angeles Times
"Khan’s stunning debut is a poignant, elegantly written mystery laced with complex characters who force readers to join them in dealing with ugly truths."—Kirkus Reviews
Raincoast Books will be at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto again this year. Drawn & Quarterly cartoonist Seth is a keynote speaker on Wednesday January 28th, and you can meet a host of other Canadian authors at our booth (#417) — including Hilary Davidson, A.M. Dellamonica, Jess Keating, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Courtney Summers, Jillian Tamaki, and Peter Watts — on the Thursday and Friday. Stop by and say hello!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28TH
SETH has been producing comic art for twenty years. His books include It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken; Wimbledon Green; and George Sprott. Apart from comics, he is the illustrator for the Lemony Snicket 'All the Wrong Questions' series. He is also the designer behind the 'Complete Peanuts' series. From his home in Guelph, Ontario, he does illustrations for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker.
ISBN 9781770461635 | $22.95 cl
Drawn & Quarterly | April 21
This installment of Seth's critically acclaimed one-man anthology features an autobiographical comic about his childhood, part four of his long-running Clyde Fans serial, a photo essay about a barbershop he designed, and a comic strip about the art of barbering.
ISBN 9781770460645 | $21.95 cl
Drawn & Quarterly
Continuing the new semi-annual hardcover format for Palookaville in volume 21, Seth presents two very different autobiographical pieces, and the continuation of Part Four of the ongoing Clyde Fans serial.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29TH
HILARY DAVIDSON won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel for The Damage Done.That book also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis and Macavity awards. Davidson's short stories have been featured in publications from Ellery Queen to Thuglit and in many anthologies.
Blood Always Tells
ISBN 9780765333544 | $29.99 cl
Dominique Monaghan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping... and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom?
Available in paperback March 10, 2015
COURTNEY SUMMERS is the author of young adult novels including Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, and Cracked Up to Be. She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.
All the Rage
ISBN 9781250021915 | $21.99 cl
St. Martin's Griffin
Ages 12+ | April 14
In her hardcover debut, from the author of Cracked Up To Be and This is Not a Test, comes a powerful new young adult novel that examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.
This Is Not a Test
ISBN 9780312656744 | $10.99 pb
St. Martin's Griffin
When six teens are trapped inside their high school during the zombie apocalypse, they quickly discover the line between the living and the dead isn’t as clear as they think in this chilling story of survival from the author of Cracked Up To Be and Fall For Anything.
AUSMA ZEHANAT KHAN holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She is a former adjunct law professor and was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women.
The Unquiet Dead
Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN 9781250055118 | $29.99 cl
IndieNext Pick January 2015
Ausma Zehanat Khan's haunting debut follows detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty as they investigate the death of a man who may have been a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre.
A. M. DELLAMONICA is the author of Indigo Springs, winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and its concluding sequel, Blue Magic. Her short stories have appeared in a number of fantasy and science fiction magazines and anthologies, and on Tor.com.
PETER WATTS is the author of the Hugo Award-winning short story The Island. His novel Blindsight was also nominated for a Hugo, and he has been described as "a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive" by The Globe and Mail.
Child of a Hidden Sea
A. M. Dellamonica
ISBN 9780765334497 | $29.99 cl
A rousing tale of adventure and adversity, politics and personal trials, in the fascinating world of Stormwrack Archipelago.
Available in paperback June 2, 2015
ISBN 9780765328021 | $28.99 cl
Prepare for different kind of singularity in Peter Watts' Echopraxia, the follow-up to the Hugo-nominated novel Blindsight.
Available in paperback June 16, 2015
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30TH
As an author and zoologist, JESS KEATING has been sprayed by skunks, bitten by crocodiles, and been a victim to the dreaded paper cut. She lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends most of her time writing books for adventurous and funny kids.
How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel
ISBN 9781402297588 | $9.99 pb
Sourcebooks | Ages 9-12
Ana Wright's summer just got terrifying. She's finally getting used to living in a zoo (no, seriously-she lives with her family in an actual zoo), when she's assigned to work in the new shark tank. With her worst enemy.
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied
ISBN 9781402297557 | $9.99 pb
Sourcebooks | Ages 9-12
Ana Wright's social life is now officially on the endangered list: she lives in a zoo (umm, elephant droppings!?), her best friend lives on the other side of the world. All Ana wants is to fade into the background. Yeah, that's not going to happen.
JILLIAN TAMAKI is the co-creator of the graphic novel Skim, which was listed as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2008 and was nominated for four Eisner Awards and a Governor General's Literary Award. This One Summer, her second co-authored work with Mariko Tamaki, was published in 2014, and spent more than a month on the New York Times bestseller list.
SuperMutant Magic Academy
ISBN 9781770461987 | $22.95 pb
Drawn & Quarterly | April 28
Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer—moody and atmospheric bestsellers. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which she has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humour and irreverence.
Join Small Print Toronto in conjunction with Chronicle Books, the Avenue Road Arts School and Mabel's Fables on October 8th for a live event for kids with artist Hervé Tullet, the New York Times bestselling author of Press Here and Mix It Up!
Mix It Up! A Live Art Event for Kids 3-7 with Hervé Tullet
October 8 4:00PM - 5:00PM
The Great Hall
1087 Queen Street West
> Toronto, ON M6J 1H3
For FREE tickets go to: www.smallprinttoronto.org
Have you heard the big news? Rainbow Rowell will be in Toronto tomorrow doing an event at the Toronto Public Library Northern District Branch! As if that isn't exciting enough news on it's own, Lainey Lui from Lainey Gossip and The Social fame will be interview Rainbow live on stage!
Mabel's Fables will be selling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Lainey's new book Listen To The Squawking Chicken.
Get there early, we're expecting a packed house. We can't wait to see these two reunited again!
Bestselling author Marissa Meyer is coming to Canada!
Marissa will be signing copies of Cress, the latest book in the Lunar Chronicles, and talking about her writing and the latest developments in the series in Vancouver on Saturday February 22nd (that's TOMORROW!), and Toronto on Monday February 24th.
And if you can't come to the events in person (and even if you can!) Marissa will be online this weekend for a very special Google Hangout with fans. All the details are below....
10:00am PST/1:00pm EST
What the fans are saying about Cress:
"A wonderfully plotted series that not only has a gripping plot, but ridiculously endearing characters."—A Glass of Wine
"These books exceed all expectations and every one of them has been better and more complex then the last."—Conversations of a Reading Addict
"Oh. My. God. Marissa Meyer, you genius."—Holes in My Brain
"I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! ... Marissa Meyer really is a storytelling genius, and I am so much in love with these science fiction re-workings of some of my favourite fairy tales."—Melissa, Mables Fables
"Cress is entertaining and thrilling, a brilliant continuation to this series of fairy tale retellings set in a distant future."—Me on Books
"Cress is an intricately woven thrill ride that will make the reader want to flip right back to page one and start all over again once they're finished."—Omfg!Books
"Oh wow, I didn't think the book would be this good! I'm really used to series dying down slowly after the first one but this series just keeps getting better and better!"—Secrets of Lost Words
"This is the kind of series that you hope will never end"—Xpresso Reads
Health & Wellness / February 05, 2014
Well, the first month of the new year is officially over. If you’re like me, you had those great intentions to live a healthier lifestyle, but somehow they didn’t quite turn out. Maybe you hit the gym a couple of times—just nowhere near as often as you planned (or if you’re like me, you’re still trying to make yourself go to the gym for the first time this year). So you’re a tad bit delayed on your new self. But never fear! If your goal was to eat healthier and lose weight, the solution is at your fingertips. Dr. Ian K. Smith designed the diet book Super Shred for those of us looking to lose weight quickly, and more importantly, safely.
In just four weeks, if you have 20 pounds to lose, you can lose them. You can be bikini (or speedo!) ready for that Spring Break beach vacation you planned. Super Shred provides a concentrated diet plan that uses the principles of diet confusion, meal replacement, snacking and meal spacing to help you lose weight.
“It’s just another diet book,” you say? That’s not quite true. The author, Dr. Ian Smith, actually spends time with real dieters while researching his books, and designs his books to help dieters overcome the obstacles they usually face when using a diet plan.
If you aren’t looking to lose weight in such a short period of time, you can also try Dr. Ian’s 6-week cycle diet, Shred.
Dr. Ian will be in Toronto on February 13th. Be sure to watch him on the Social! He is sure to convince even the
laziest most cynical of us that we can change ourselves and our lifestyles.
Events / October 22, 2013
On Friday October 25, author Aleksandar Hemon will be reading along side authors Kelly Braffet, Sam Lipsyte and Grażyna Plebanek in the Brigantine Room. The event begins at 8pm. Tickets are $18.
Then, on Saturday October 26 at 1pm, Hemon will be discussing his accalimed memoir The Book of My Lives with CBC Radio Writers and Company host Eleanor Wachtel in the Fleck Dance Theatre. Tickets are $18.
And on Saturday October 26, Lipsyte will be joining authors Janet E. Cameron, Lewis DeSoto, and Nicole Lundrigan for a reading at the Station on the Green in Creemore, Ontario. The event, a partnership with Curiosity House Books & Gallery, starts 7pm.
Lipsyte will be back in Toronto on Saturday afternoon for a round table with authors Nadeem Aslam, Jami Attenberg, and Peter Bagge in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront. The discussion, hosted and moderated by Siri Agrell, begins at 12pm. Tickets are $18.
Immediately after Saturday's round table with Sam Lipsyte, Harvey Award-winning author and illustrator Peter Bagge will be in conversation with fellow cartoonist Seth and CBC radio's Brent Bambury at 2pm in the Studio Dance Theatre. Tickets are $18.
Bagge will be discussing his new book Woman Rebel, his biography of trailblazing activist Margaret Sanger, recently published by Montreal's Drawn & Quarterly.
Last, but not least, author and literary editor Amy Grace Loyd will be discussing her acclaimed debut novel The Affairs of Others with Margaret Atwood in the Studio Theatre on Wednesday October 30th at 8pm.
Latest year, Loyd interviewed Atwood in New York for PEN America'a Dialogue Series. You can watch a video of that conversation here.
Tickets to next week's event at Harbourfront are $18.
Paul Pope's long-awaited graphic novel Battling Boy is finally released next week, and the award-winning American comic book artist will be in Toronto to launch the book with The Beguiling on the evening October 15th!
"A straight-up, kick-butt superhero book for kids and grown-ups alike," Battling Boy is the story of an untested hero charged with defending a city infested with monsters. The first of two hotly anticipated volumes, it's already the subject of much excitement in the comics world.
Starting at 7:00pm at the Revival Night Club, Pope — whose previous work includes the acclaimed 100%, Heavy Liquid, and Batman Year 100 — will be on stage to talk about his new work, before taking questions from the audience and signing copies of the book.
Join us if you can!
BATTLING BOY BOOK LAUNCH
Featuring author Paul Pope
@ Revival, 783 College Street, Toronto
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Doors at 7PM. Event starts at 7:30pm