A Memory of Light the final book in the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series—completed by Jordan's handpicked successor Brandon Sanderson, and edited by his widow Harriet McDougal—is released tomorrow, January 8, 2013.
In this new video, Brandon and Harriet, Tom Doherty, founder of Tor Books, Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkill Chronicle series, and Jason Denzel of fan site Dragonmount.com discuss the legacy of the series:
Graphica / November 07, 2011
Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Joe Ollmann – who was recently on CBC radio show Tapestry discussing his mid-life crisis – is now exposing his fish-out-of-water anxieties as an Anglophone in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood in this funny video for BravoFACT!:
Biography & Memoir / October 04, 2011
Despite the fact the event was relocated to a larger venue to accomodate more people, it sold out quickly and I know that not everyone who wanted to come to the lecture was able to attend. So, for those people who missed it, I wanted to post this video of Edmund talking about the book:
Education / May 18, 2011
The National Reading Campaign is a devoted group of publishers, librarians and educators. Their site is treasure trove of reports and analysis on the state of reading in Canada — reports on everything from reading programs for parents and babies in Quebec to First Nations programs in the west.
The NRC recently posted some video from their second conference that took place in Montreal back in January, and I want to recommend two that are worth watching.
John Raulston Saul gave a speech on reading and new Canadians in which he declared that reading for kids is "a Declaration of Independence" and than goes on to show why business managers and educational bureaucrats claim to support reading, but actually discourage independent reading. He makes the observation that in the many years he has spent visiting schools he can always tell which schools have teacher librarians and which don't (owing to budget cuts). In schools with a librarian, the kids speak in complete sentences. In other schools the don't. Reductive yes, but it does frame the issue pretty starkly.
The other video from Jon Scieszka is very funny, seemingly very off the cuff and full of practical experience about how boys and girls read differently. His topic fits in beautifully with a book we have on our list Why Boys Fail Saving Our Sons From an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind, which is well worth a read.
Jon also use a memorable image when arguing that boy and girls often like different types of books. Imagine if you could only read the books that are sitting on the bedside table of your spouse and vice versa. I know my wife would quit reading pretty quickly...
The third and Final National Reading Summit is scheduled for Vancouver in 2012 stay tuned for more developments.
Graphica / May 10, 2011
Gift & Stationery / March 02, 2011
Spring is all about reawakening from our winter slumber, shaking off our grey-sky blues and reigniting our passions. So I was quite pleased to see that Moleskine has created a whole line of videos to showcase their new Passions Journals. Moleskine has added several new topics to their popular set of Passions Journals this season: Style, Travel, Gardening, Dog, Cat, and Baby.
Here are some videos that I hope will get you all fired up about your passion, whatever it may be.
You can also sample and download some of the interior pages from the Moleskine Passions Journals on Moleskine MSK.
Fashion & Textiles / January 07, 2011
We're more than halfway through Movember, and Vancouver-based designer Mark Stokoe has just produced this beautiful typographic animated short to promote the Raincoast effort:
Graphica / October 26, 2010
Food & Drink / September 16, 2010
What's a cake pop? If you need to ask then you are missing out!
Created by überblogger Bakerella — AKA Angie Dudley — these cute little cakes on a stick are an adorable alternative to cake at any party. From decorated balls to baby chicks, snowmen, ice cream cones, and EVEN cupcakes, Bakerella makes it easy and fun to make these amazing treats at home with her new book Cake Pops!. Clear step-by-step instructions and photos guide you through more than 40 featured projects with clever tips for presentation, decorating, dipping, coloring and melting chocolate, and much more along the way: