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Cory Doctorow Canadian Tour

by Dan
Events + Fiction + Science Fiction and Fantasy / September 26, 2012

Rapture of the Nerds

If you can't make it to Oakville this evening, novelist, blogger and activist (and all-round nice guy) Cory Doctorow has a string of other Canadian events to promote Pirate Cinema and Rapture of the Nerds (co-authored with Charlie Strossthis fall.

Tomorrow night he will be at Bakka Books in Toronto. Then he's off to the US for a few weeks, but he's back in Canada in mid-October for events in Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto (again!). The man just does not stop working! 

Here's a list of Cory's upcoming Canada appearances:

Coast Modern Screening in Toronto and Vancouver

by Dan
June 11, 2012

I first wrote about Coast Modern way (way, way) back in July 2010. Now, FINALLY, the documentary about the west coast's unique modernist architecture is about to get some serious screen-time in Canada. Running from July 6th-12th, Coast Modern will be screening both at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto AND at Vancity in Vancouver for the week.

Entirely coincidently, Gibbs Smith will be publishing West Coast Modern by Zahid Sardar (with photographs by Matthew Millman) in September this year. The book showcases modern homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the west, including work by renowned architects and interior designers like Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton. 

Design Research

As happens we already have books on amazing work of contemporary architects Tom Kundig (two in fact) and Marmol Radziner, but if the retro mid-century modern style is more your thing, you might also want to get some design ideas from Atomic Ranch and Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors by Michelle Gringeri-Brown, or read  Design Research by Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange, which charts the history of the store that became synonymous with modern interior design in America.

...Then again, you might also want to look at It's Lonely in the Modern World just to remind yourself that people in glass houses aren't necessarily happy... wink

Tubers Event at the W2 Media Café, June 14

by Danielle
Art & Photography + Events + Fiction + Music + Vancouver / June 06, 2012

While writing the stories, I also took a lot of the found sounds I had started to record over the years of riding the subways and being entranced by “subway sonics”, began to write songs around them.  Whether this was turning the rhythm of train wheels turning on tracks into insatiable grooves, or whether it was using conversations that had a musical lilt, I tried to write music around this sonic bric-a-brac, and then align each piece of music with one of the 9 stories.  Each piece essentially became a mini-soundtrack to one of the subway stories and has formed the Tuber album.

Mark Jowett, author and a founding partner in the Nettwerk Music Group.

Tubers Cover

Tubers is a collection of nine tales set in the subways of Paris, London and New York. Written by Mark Jowett, co-founder of Nettwerk, and accompanied by 7” vinyl record and amazing full-colour art by acclaimed animator Matthias Lechner, it's the perfect book for the subway, bus or streetcar, especially if you have portable record-player in your pocket! (NB: Tubers actually comes with a download code for a nine-track album created for the book so you can, in fact, listen to it on the skytrain or the bus on your way to work. Pocket turntable not required!)

Tubers illustration by Matthias Lechner

We're celebrating the launch of Tubers next week with a multimedia spectacular on Thursday June 14th at the W2 Media Café in Vancouver, starting at 8pm. The event will feature Kevan Ellis (Cinderpop/SK Robot), Téa Petrovic, Hamish Thompson (The Hermit), Robb Mitchell, and Mark Jowett himself (Cinderpop/Moev). Actors Mercedes Baines and Louis J Chirillo will read from the book. Entry is $8, with $2 going to the World Wildlife Fund. 

In the meantime, take a listen to Mark Jowett's track Tweety Bird from the book:

And you can download download the Pacha Massive remix here.

London Tubers illustration by Matthias Lechner

8pm Thursday June 14 W2 Media Café
#250-111 W Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC

Tubers Poster Event W2 Cafe

For more updates, please take a look at the following social media sites for Tubers:



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?

Alyx Dellamonica Blue Magic Launch at UBC, April 19th

by Dan
Events + Fiction + Science Fiction and Fantasy / March 29, 2012

Blue Magic by A. M. Dellamonica

Indigo Springs A. M. Dellamonica

Vancouver-based author Alyx Dellamonica will reading from her new novel Blue Magic at the UBC Bookstore on April 19th, 7:30pm.

The sequel to her award-winning eco-fantasy Indigo Springs, Blue Magic continues the story of the three friends who unwittingly caused the escape of magic into North America through a crack between worlds. 

A powerful story of private lives changed by earthshaking events Blue Magic is a poignant tale of a world touched by magic and plagued by its consequences.


Alyx Dellamonica
Blue Magic Book Launch

7:30pm, April 19th 2012
UBC Bookstore

800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Tel: 1-800-661-3889 / (604) 822-2665

Job Posting: Marketing Manager at Raincoast Books

by Dan
Job Posting / March 19, 2012


Raincoast Books, based in Richmond, B.C., is seeking a marketing manager to start in April.  

Raincoast is the Canadian distributor for 25 English language publishers and we emphasize the role of new technology in our sales and marketing work. We are looking for a creative and organized professional with a wide range of marketing experience who has excellent communication and technical skills.  

Our marketing manager works with our graphic designer to develop channel marketing materials, and plans marketing campaigns in conjunction with our VP of Marketing, publicists, and senior sales people. The marketing manager also plays a key role in the development and maintenance of our proprietary digital catalogue application.

There will be some national and international travel involved and the possibility of managing staff.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • superior writing and copyediting skills
  • project management and scheduling experience
  • a basic proficiency in HTML
  • a minimum of three years of relevant media, marketing, publishing or senior book retailing experience

The following technical skills will be an asset:

  • inDesign and Photoshop experience
  • a familiarity with FTP clients
  • a familiarity with Filemaker Pro 11
  • an understanding of how  scripting languages  can improve workflow and create shortcuts

Candidates should send their résumé and cover letter by March 26 to:

Jamie Broadhurst
VP of Marketing
Raincoast Books

jamie [at] raincoast.com

We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls or agencies, please.

Meet the author: Claire Dederer

by Natalia
Biography & Memoir + Events + Vancouver / March 01, 2012

Claire Dederer will be at Banyen Books next Tuesday (March 6th) to discuss her new book Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses. The event starts at 6:30pm (full details are below).


Claire Dederer
Tuesday, March 6th: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Banyen Books
3608 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver
Free admision

“Poser is a powerful, honest, ruefully funny memoir about one woman's openhearted reckoning with her demons . . . In the hands of a gifted writer, the universal is embedded within the personal.  —The New York Times Book Review

“One part memoir, one part social critique, one part yoga history, Claire Dederer’s Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses asks what contemporary motherhood ought to look like … Poser is superb.” —The Globe and Mail

“This memoir about her decade doing downward dog while raising two kids and trying to keep her marriage alive reads like Eat, Pray, Love for hip but harried moms . . . funny, well-observed, and ultimately inspiring.” —People four stars

Check out Claire's latest interview on NPR!

Marissa Meyer at Chapters Metrotown Tomorrow!

by Dan
Events + YA Fiction / February 10, 2012

Marissa Meyer Chapters

Come join Raincoast and author Marissa Meyer for the Canadian launch of her bestselling novel Cinder at Chapters Metrotown on Saturday February 11th.

YES! Tomorrow! 

See you then! Bring a friend! grin

Marissa Meyer author of Cinder
Chapters Metrotown
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
Saturday February 11th, 2:00pm

Tel: 604-431-0463 

PS: For more updates on the 'Luna Chronicles' follow Marissa on Twitter!

Sisterhood of Dune Vancouver Launch

by Dan
Events + Fiction + Science Fiction and Fantasy / January 09, 2012

Sisterhood of Dune cover

Join author Brian Herbert at the launch of his new novel The Sisterhood of Dune — the latest book in the international bestselling Dune series  at 2pm on Sunday January 15th (THIS SUNDAY!!) at Chapters Metrotown in Burnaby. 

Brian Herbert, Sisterhood of Dune
January 15th at 2pm
Chapters Metrotown

Metropolis, Metrotown 4700 Kingsway
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5H 4M1
Tel: 604-431-0463

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

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