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Interview with Sveta Dorosheva, author of The Land of Stone Flowers

by Melissa
Author Q & A / September 25, 2018

The Land of Stone Flowers

by Sveta Dorosheva
Chronicle Books
CDN $42.95 · cl

The Land of Stone Flowers was first published in Russia in 2014 and sold over 10,000 copies within the first 6 months. The book was nominated for the National Bestseller Award in 2016. Dorosheva's hand-drawn illustrations appeal to fans of Aubrey Bearsley or Harry Clarke but are unique to her style. The unusual content and beautiful art have landed the book on the Chronicle Books list. We caught up with Dorosheva to talk about her book, fairy tales, and illustrations.

L.S. The idea for The Land of Stone Flowers was born from your project “Everyday Fairy.” Can you please tell us more about this project?

S.D. Yes, there was this idea to make a kind of an activity book about fairy creatures—one per day, throughout the year. Each would be something related to everyday life or childhood pastimes, like ‘odd pair socks fairy’ or ‘puddle fairy’ or ‘bed crumbs fairy’—such type of thing. It was in the very beginning of my illustrator career, and of course such an ambitious project couldn’t have worked out—it should have been something simpler than 365 creatures to invent, draw and describe.

Then again, I was pregnant and the project completely froze after my second child was born. But one day, as I was thinking to return to drawing and was going through my notes and ideas in sketchbooks, I came across this phrase, which was written down as an idea about one of the everyday fairies: “Let her be a researcher of human world and write down things about humans.” I realized that moment that it was an idea for the whole book, and that way ‘a fairy guide to the mythical human being’ (as the subtitle of the book goes) was born.   

L.S. The book The Land of Stone Flowers is all about wondering. You observe humans not as an adult but rather as a child growing and exploring the world. How did you manage to bring this way of perception into adulthood?

S.D. I can’t analyze that, it’s just there. I guess I just can’t get used to life. I am over 40 now, and it still catches me by surprise quite frequently—both in a good and in a bad way. My childhood reaction to that hasn’t changed over the years, and that has always been ‘observe things while you are at a loss how to react to them.’ That was the basic approach for writing this book too.

L.S. The art scene in the 1980s in the USSR was rather plain and boring. What was the source of inspiration and nourishment of your creative self when you were a child?

S.D. I was born in Zaporozhye, which is an industrial city and very, very far from art. I guess it does make a difference if you are born in, say, Venice, attend a school in a former palazzo, walk past fascinating architecture full of art, etc.  But in a way, it doesn’t. You see, as a child you can’t know that there are ‘other worlds’—there’s nothing to compare with. I mean, whatever you are born into—you take that for granted.

We had only one book at home, which was loosely related to art—an album about Petergof garden with pictures of Greek statues. That sufficed to form my childhood taste in aesthetics. I mean, Vatican or Uffizi would have been better, but would they? Maybe I would hate art if it was served in monstrous quantities to me when a child. You never know what makes a child tick.

L.S. It is not uncommon that artists and writers use some other creatures to reflect on the lives of humans. There are plenty of movies, cartoons, books about animals, insects, aliens, gnomes watching human behavior. Some of these observations are whimsical and funny, others dark or even apocalyptic. What do you think people are trying to achieve with these reflections?

S.D. I guess people do have moments of clarity when they realize just how weird they are. They find it hard to demonstrate that to other people with just showing everyday life as it is. Because if that were a good option, we’d all be in constant shock at ourselves and how strange, contradictory and inexplicable our world, life, reactions, thoughts, actions and things are. Taking a side ‘alien’ look is just a trick to demonstrate this quite obvious revelation.  

L.S. You make your living working as a freelance illustrator and enjoy writing illustrated books for pleasure. How do you find a balance between commercial work and personal projects?

S.D. I don’t. But life finds a way to balance those things over the years. I mean, if I take a certain period of time, say the past couple of years—it’s been only commercial work in quite exhausting volumes. But then, there have been three years when I was writing and drawing this book, The Land of Stone Flowers, for instance, when my husband was practically the only budget maker in the family. Both options are bad—it’s either a money disaster, or a loss of sense to work because it turns into a conveyer. So far I am reaching the balance only through despair, like ‘I can’t do this anymore! I have to take a break and then do a passion project (personal stuff)’, or ‘I can’t do this anymore! The check for the apartment rent returned! This is the bottom pit… Time to grow up—from now on, I am focused on money!’and so on, on end, no balance.

L.S. How do you spend your time when you are not drawing?

S.D. With kids mostly. Also, this year I started to travel, that’s a wonderful pastime. Very bad for the ‘money side of balance,’ which we have just discussed, but very inspiring.

L.S. All your projects are different, but the drawings are always incredibly realistic. Whether it is your childhood in USSR, or the Jazz Age in America, or Arabic tales—the subject is incredibly well researched so that every little detail falls in place. How do you achieve that?

S.D. By research. I spend a lot of time researching and thinking about each project before I actually draw a single line. That’s the most time-consuming and difficult stage. But interesting. It’s this stage that makes every project ‘the most interesting project’ while I am doing it. Later I fall out of love with the topic or era or manner, because the new project is ‘even more interesting.’

L.S. Are you planning more fairy books?

S.D. No. Well, maybe. Books are the worst in illustration industry, but they are so irresistible. Once you are into illustrating them, you cannot be cured.

L.S. Thank you for letting me interview you today.

S.D. Thank you, Larisa. It has been a pleasure.

The Land of Stone Flowers: A Fairy Guide to the Mythical Human Being by Sveta Dorosheva will be available in stores in September 2018.

10 Books to Read this Summer

by Melissa
Biography & Memoir + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers / June 22, 2018

The books you need in your beach bag this summer.

Visible Empire

By Hannah Pittard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available: June 5, 2018
$36.00 cdn cl / $22.99 cdn pb · 288 pages
9780544748064 ·  cl / 9781328551306 · pb

Selected as the June Book of the Month by Belletrist Book Club, Visible Empire is an epic novel based on a real plane crash that was carrying over 100 of Atlanta’s elite, and the aftermath on the city.

"On June 3, 1962, a flight carrying more than 100 of Atlanta's wealthiest residents crashed on takeoff from Paris. Pittard's kaleidoscopic novel, a fictionalized account of that disaster and its aftermath, illuminates the personal and communal grief (and, in some cases, wicked delight) of those left behind."- O, the Oprah Magazine, "Top Books of Summer"


The High Tide Club

Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin’s Press
Available: May 8, 2018
$36.50 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 480 pages
9781250126061 ·  cl / 9781250199621 · pb

New York Times bestselling author and “queen of the beach” Mary Kay Andrews is back with the perfect poolside companion that has it all: mystery, romance, and friendship.

“Andrews creates a story that is at turns suspenseful, sad, and hopeful, with plenty of surprising twists. Her dialogue is natural and funny, and even her minor characters are fully drawn with unique voices. Another satisfying summer read from the queen of the beach." – Kirkus


The Sun Does Shine

Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
St. Martin’s Press
Available: June 5, 2018
$34.99 cdn · 272 pages
9781250205797 · cl

Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2018 selection, The Sun Does Shine tells Anthony Ray Hinton’s story of the thirty years he spent on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, and his amazing endurance throughout.

"An urgent, emotional memoir from one of the longest-serving condemned death row inmates to be found innocent in America. A heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about truth, justice, and the need for criminal justice reform." - Kirkus, starred review


Bring Me Back

B.A. Paris
St. Martin’s Press
Available: June 19, 2018
$34.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 304 pages
9781250151339 · cl / 9781250193506 · pb

Looking for a suspense novel while you’re soaking up the sun? Look no further than New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris’ latest psychological thriller that you won’t be able to put down!

"Outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded." - Publishers Weekly, starred review


Jar of Hearts 

Jennifer Hillier
Available: June 12, 2018
$34.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 320 pages
9781250154194 ·  cl / 9781250193490 · pb

Canadian author Jennifer Hillier’s latest mystery will keep you guessing until the end in this page-turning read about three best friends—one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s searching for the truth.

“Jar of Hearts grabs you by the throat! The perfect blend of riveting characters, chilling details, and gasping twists in this standout thriller will keep you frantically reading until the explosive end." - Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Right Behind You


The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

Barbara K. Lipska
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available: April 3, 2018
$34.00 cdn · 208 pages
9781250193490 · cl

Barbara Lipska, a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness, was diagnosed with a deadly cancer that was spreading inside her brain and plunged her into madness. Until the treatment she was prescribed began to work and eight weeks later, she returned to normal—but with all her memories intact. Remarkable and insightful, this memoir is perfect summer reading.

“A remarkable story about strength, endurance, and human's capacity for recovery, The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind truly captures what it is like to struggle with mental illness.” – Bustle


Shelter in Place

Nora Roberts
St. Martin’s Press
Available: May 29, 2018
$36.50 cdn · 448 pages
9781250161598 · cl

Just in time for summer, there’s a new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts! With suspense, heart, and romance, Nora Roberts’ latest will keep you enthralled as you soak up the sun.

“Roberts' newest is part thriller, part romance, part survivors' psychological study with a touch of New Age magic—and a lively, captivating read.”Kirkus


How Hard Can It Be?

Allison Pearson
St. Martin’s Press
Available: June 5, 2018
$36.50 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 384 pages
9781250086082 · cl / 9781250201300 · pb

The hilarious follow-up to the New York Times bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, How Hard Can It Be? follows Kate in her new adventures and has already been named one of People Magazine’s Best Summer Books!

"Brilliant, funny, and tender. Tackling sexism, growing older, and understanding one's needs when catering to those of so many others, Pearson writes realism with all the fun of escapism." Booklist, starred review


Wicked River

Jenny Milchman
Available: May 1, 2018
$37.99 cdn cl / $21.99 cdn pb · 464 pages
9781492664413 · cl / 9781492658993 · pb

A suspenseful and gripping new thriller set in the Adirondack forest, Wicked River makes perfect beach reading for fans of psychological suspense.

“Wicked River is partly a who-is-my-husband-really story, partly a horror-in-the-wilderness story, and partly a Manhattan-family drama, all rolled up in elegantly propulsive prose, and shot through with sinister suspense."- Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author


How to Walk Away

Katherine Center
St. Martin’s Press
Available: May 15, 2018
$34.99 cdn cl / $23.99 cdn pb · 320 pages
9781250149060 · pb / 9781250199614 · pb

Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop, says “if you read just one book this year, read How to Walk Away.” A stunning novel that explores tragedy, love, and hope, How to Walk Away is a summer must-read.

"A story about survival that is heartbreakingly honest and wryly funny, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Elizabeth Berg."Kirkus

28 Rep Picks to Read this Spring

by Melissa
Biography & Memoir + Essays + Fiction + Graphica + Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / March 16, 2018

Spring is finally here, and with the new season comes a whole new batch of favourite books! Check out our sales reps' picks for the season and get those TBR lists ready!


Jessica Price

The Year of Less
by Cait Flanders

“The remarkable true story of a young woman who got herself out of debt by radically simplifying and redefining what it means to have, and be ‘enough.’”

Yoga Storytime
by Miriam Raventos, illustrated by Maria Giron

“Simple text paired with beautiful illustrations make this the perfect book to introduce children to the practice of yoga.”


Jenny Enriquez

Shit Is Real
by Aisha Franz

“A graphic novel chock-full of existential millennial themes? Sign me up!”

Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

“So excited about this new fantasy series! A high stakes adventure about a teenage girl named Zelie who has a chance to restore magic back to her home on Orisha, with the help of her brother and the fugitive Crown Princess. The striking cover art has been all over social media, so I am clearly not alone in my excitement!”


Saffron Beckwith

The Merry Spinster
by Mallory Ortberg

“Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre was a hoot; this takes it up a notch with feminist fairy tales that are dark and playful.”

Sylvia Long’s Big Book for Small Children
by Sylvia Long

“I have been a huge fan of Sylvia Long’s for decades; she has brought together a number of our favourite classics in a wonderful treasury.”


Morgen Young

Carnegie’s Maid
by Marie Benedict

“Set in mid-nineteenth century Pittsburgh, this impeccably researched novel tells the tale of Clara Kelly, maid to Andrew Carnegie’s mother, in the time when Pittsburgh was earning its name as a steel town; before Carnegie was the philanthropist he would become. At heart a tale of the immigrant experience and the power of ambition, we see the undeniably important role Clara played in Carnegie’s life, and the risks she took along the way.”

by Ricardo Henriques, illustrated by Andre Letria

“Amazing fun facts about ocean life and exploration throughout history for 8-12 year olds! These super cool illustrations will catch the eye of both parent and child alike and will be a perfect summer title for 2018.”


Lorna MacDonald

The Dry
by Jane Harper

“In the process of investigating his friend’s death, Melbourne Federal Agent Aaron Falk finds that small towns can harbour big secrets. Published in hardcover in January 2017, The Dry received stellar reviews both at home and abroad—The New York Times called it ‘a breathless page turner.’ This is an atmospheric mystery with surprising revelations and plot twists.”

The Big Bed
by Bunmi Laditan, illustrated by Tom Knight

“Two’s company. Three’s a crowd. A determined toddler explains why she needs to sleep in the big bed with Mommy and not in her own little bed. Only problem is Daddy taking up a lot of space. There’s no way three of them can fit in the bed comfortably. So Daddy has got to go—but not too far. Author Bunmi Laditan, creator of the blog The Honest Toddler, puts a new twist on a perennial parental struggle! This is a bedtime story to make both parents and toddlers laugh out loud.”


Evette Sintichakis

Sometimes I Lie
by Alice Feeney

“Why is Amber in a coma? Why doesn’t her husband love her anymore? What does she know? WHAT IS SHE LYING ABOUT!? Sometimes I Lie is so twisty and Amber so unreliable—you truly won’t see the twist coming!”

Unicorn (and Horse)
by David W. Miles and Hollie Mengert

"'Unicorn dances. Tra la la! Horse sits grumpy. Blah blah blah.' This is not your typical glitter and rainbows unicorn book! Kids and adults will both love this hilarious story that ultimately reminds us about the power of friendship even though we may be different."


Karen Stacey

How to Swear
by Stephen Wildish

“Chats, text, tweets. Some say we’re losing proper English usage. Art of conversation? Here’s your chance to refine your language skills, Chronicle style!! A new addition to our nasty words publishing program.”

I Got It!
by David Wiesner

“Each of David Wiesner’s amazing (almost) wordless picture books reveal the magic in simple everyday settings. A great journey of imagination.”


Ali Hewitt

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
by Alexander Chee

“Alexander Chee’s Queen of the Night was such a gorgeous and special book, and now he’s written a collection of essays that weaves together his coming of age as a man, writer, and activist, exploring the craft of writing, and the many facets of his identity.”

I Love Kisses
by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Brenna Vaughan

“A charming picture book about the many kinds of love a toddler can experience. Inspired by my niece and written by her extremely fond grandmother (my very own mum!).”


Dani Farmer

Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits
by Eiko

“I have NEVER been able to do the splits, even as a little kid. It’s perpetually on my New Years resolution list and I’m hoping, with the help of the Marie Kondo of stretching, that I’ll finally achieve my goal. Hopefully the rest of my colleagues will join me in doing some fun stretching too!”

As You Wish
by Chelsea Sedoti

“Being a teen in a small town is tough. High school, popularity, family issues, big decisions... But what if one of the big decisions you had to make was a single, magical wish? Suddenly, turning eighteen just got a whole lot more complicated!”


Judy Parker

What to Do When I’m Gone
by Suzy Hopkins, illustrated by Hallie Bateman

“I am a mother to daughters, and a daughter who lost her mother, and this graphic novel spoke to both of those sides of me. I could hear the advice my mother might have given me and could see myself giving advice to my daughters but the messages in the book reach beyond those roles. It is really about love and grief and life and the format is so accessible and immediate. Highly recommended.”

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book
by Alice Kuipers, illustrated by Diana Toledano

“Alice Kuipers is a well known Canadian author who has published in the teen and picture book market. Her new character, Polly Diamond, is an absolute charmer and she will be an inspiration to young writers everywhere. An engaging main character, a realistic family and a book that writes back to Polly combine in this great new series for emerging chapter book readers.”


Laurie Martella

The Radium Girls
by Kate Moore

“The true story of the young women who worked in deadly radium factories during WWI. The book reveals how their daily exposure and ingestion of the poisonous substance caused serious illness and death—all the while they were assured that this new, glowing substance was completely safe. In fact, their jobs as the shining girls was coveted. I encourage you to learn more about these extraordinary women, and read this carefully researched sad, sad story.”

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years
by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by David Litchfield

“Fun and whimsical, written by beloved children’s author Stacy McAnulty, and illustrated by the award winning and amazing illustrator David Litchfield, but told from the POV of Earth itself.”


Vanessa Di Gregorio

A Conjuring of Light
by V. E. Schwab

“The final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy has EVERYTHING. If this epically perfect series hasn’t been on your radar, it should be! Especially since it was just announced that there will be another four books set in the Shades of Magic universe—another trilogy and a standalone set in the future.”

100 First Words for Little Geeks

“This IS the book you’ve been looking for. As a geek mom with a geek baby (sorry Link!), this is exactly the kind of book I would love to get as a gift. Simply perfect!”


Laureen Cusack

The Mitford Murders
by Jessica Fellowes

“Based on a real unsolved murder! Set in London in 1920, a young impoverished woman is hired as a chaperone to Nancy Mitford and gets caught up in a murder that will haunt her and Nancy for decades to follow.”

I Really Want to See You, Grandma
by Taro Gomi

“With sparse text and bold illustrations, Taro Gomi captures the essence of that special grandparent-child bond.”


Louis-Marc Simard

Child of a Mad God
by R. A. Salvatore

“Few people in fantasy are as well established as R. A. Salvatore. In Child of a Mad God, Salvatore brings his storytelling talents to a whole new world: one where a young woman, a witch’s daughter, struggles to find her place in a barbaric world, as well as understand her origins. Fans of action and adventure will devour this new series debut, and hunger for more!”

The Brilliant Deep
by Kate Messner, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

“In 2014, more than twenty species of coral were classified as endangered in the United States. In this nonfiction picture book, award-winning author Kate Messner tells the story of Ken Nedimyer, who, along with his daughter, founded the Coral Restoration Foundation. Matthew Forsythe’s gorgeous illustrations bring Ken’s quest to save the world’s coral reefs to life with its vibrant colours and bold art style.”

Join us and #PlayTestShare!

by Melissa
Kids / March 02, 2018

Spring Break is just around the corner and you can count on the creative teams at Chronicle Books, Princeton Architectural Press and Laurence King to provide you and your children with fun games and activities especially for rainy days and road trips!

We sent nine of our new spring favourites to a team of bloggers across the country to play, test, and share their feedback with their avid readers. Visit their websites between March 5th and March 12th to enter to win an item of your choice from the list presented below. Participating bloggers include Quillable.ca, A Net in Time, Working Mommy Journal, My Little House of Treasures, British Columbia Mom, Discovering Parenthood, Yoyomama, MBA Mama Musings, Fab Book Reviews, Pausitive Living, Frugal Mom Eh! and Glimpse Reviews.  Don’t forget to join and tag your favourites with #PlayTestShare!



A hilarious herd of llamas star in this laugh-out-loud twist on the game of dominoes. From Llama-nardo da Vinci to Super Llama (it's a bird, it's a plane, it's . . . a llama?), kids, families, and llama enthusiasts will have a blast matching heads to tails to complete the chain and win! It's a goofy gift, a boredom-busting game, and a great way to develop matching and fine motor skills, all in one appealing and colorful package.

Pass the Parcel: A Party Game

Everyone wins in this modern take on a classic British party game!  Players take turns unwrapping the parcel to uncover cheeky dares that will soon have the whole group beaming. Under the last layer, there's an envelope containing a special surprise!

Draw Like An Artist: Pop Art

A collection of eighteen fun and colorful activities for aspiring Warhols, Hockneys, and Lichtensteins ages ten and up, or anyone who enjoys working with color, pattern, and pop-culture imagery, and gaining a better understanding of the 20th century's most popular art movement. Sixteen perforated pages provide plenty of raw material for collage, drawing backgrounds, and inspiration.

The Mystery Mansion

Reviving the Victorian craze for 'myrioramas', the 20 picture cards can be placed in any order to create seamless scenes. Almost infinite combinations of cards provide endless storyscaping possibilities. Find sinister suits of armour and the aftermaths of strange accidents, butlers with a grudge and glamorous couples where revenge is never far from the surface. With many games to play and millions of stories to tell, each turn of the card is a new adventure. Where will the story take you?

Crocodile and Friends Animal Memory Game

Fossil, a good-natured crocodile who just wants some peace and quiet, quickly won the hearts of children everywhere in the delightful picture book The Quiet Crocodile. Now Fossil and his friends are back, ready to play, in this fun memory game. The fifty-two cards feature twenty-six charming illustrations of Fossil and his many friends, nested in a handsome keepsake box. An added bonus is a folded poster showing all of the animal friends together, from Fippo the Hippo and Ryan the Lion to Pat the Cat.

In the Ocean: My Nature Sticker Activity Book

The world's oceans are home to many different species and plants, from tiny organisms like plankton to the world's largest animal, the blue whale. Deep down in the seas' depth, you will even find some monstrous-looking creatures that seem to have come straight out of a fairy tale. Vivid digital illustrations help introduce a variety of aquatic creatures in this addition to the My Nature Sticker Activity Book series.

After Dinner Amusements: Which Would You Choose?

With 50 hilarious and thought-provoking questions asking players to choose between two equally good, unpleasant, or absurd scenarios, this revealing party game leads to interesting conversations and good fun for all ages!

Alpha Shapes

This modern twist on alphabet blocks offers a new way to see the beauty of letterforms. Adults and children alike can build letters and words out of the 39 colorful wooden pieces, spelling out names or creating personalized messages for display.

Bob the Artist: Dominoes

Bob the Artist, first introduced in the quirky Bob the Artist picture book, loves to paint with brightly colored splashes, but he has got into a bit of a mess. Help Bob clear up his paints by matching the colors and numbers in this fun game of dominoes. A wonderful concept game for toddlers!

26 Rep Picks to Read this Fall

by Melissa
October 12, 2017

It's the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book, and we have the best fall reading recommendations for you from our sales reps!

Judy Parker

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
by Cherise Wolas
"Debut novelist Cherise Wolas has an interesting background as a film producer and lawyer and has used that to create her first novel. Joan Ashby deals with the conflict between the sacrifices demanded by a motherhood she didn’t want and her overriding passion as a writer. The novel has already been praised for its emotional insight, depth and storytelling. Canadian readers are lucky to have a paperback version to buy!"

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King
by Ben Hatke
"Ben Hatke’s first graphic novel, Zita the Space Girl, helped to convert me to a reader of graphic novels. It is really exciting to be able to follow the further adventures of Jack and his little sister Maddy as they battle monsters in other realms in Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. Hatke has a great ability to create compelling characters."

Saffron Beckwith

The Cities Book
by Lonely Planet
"An amazing book that makes you want to pack your bags and take off!"

by John Lennon, illustrated by Jean Jullien
"One of my favourite songs of all time beautifully illustrated…’nuff said."

Dani Farmer

One Line a Day
by Yao Chang
"I keep meaning to start journaling but there never seems to be time! I’m pretty sure even I could manage to write one line a day though. This new version has the same great content of the original with a gorgeous new cover that will look fantastic on my bedside table."

Book or Bell?
by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ashley Spires
"Who amongst us hasn’t gotten caught up in a good book and forgotten about our other responsibilities and the world around us? This book perfectly captures the “Aww Phooey” moment when the real world interrupts our quality reading time. It’ll take more than a noisy bell to pull my nose out of this one!"


Karen Stacey

Three Daughters of Eve
by Elif Shafak
"Time — Now. Scene — One evening’s dinner party at a wealthy Turkish mansion. Content — One woman’s recollections of her past. Concerns the role of religion in secular life and what it means to be a woman in contemporary Turkey. This gripping novel from international bestselling novelist Elif Shafak is Bloomsbury’s lead fiction for Fall. A must read."

This Is Where It Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp
"#1 New York Times bestseller, Buzzfeed Best YA of 2016, #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016, Winter ‘15 Kids Indie Next List, Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month. Marieke Nijkamp is an executive member of “We Need Diverse Books” and the founder of DiversifYA. She knows her subject and she understands misfit kids. This is a hard hitting novel that describes 54 minutes of terror in a typical high school and how things can go very wrong with very little warning."

Jessica Price

The Solo Travel Handbook
by Lonely Planet
"As an avid traveler, who has never traveled alone, this essential guide gave me the confidence to plan a solo travel adventure. Packed with tips and tricks as well as sound travel advice from experienced travelers, this book is a great resource for novice and experienced travelers alike."

by Andrea Tsurumi
"This laugh-out-loud and charming story is a great reminder for children (and adults!) that accidents happen, and provides an excellent teaching opportunity about remorse, empathy and forgiveness."

Vanessa Di Gregorio

The Tiger's Daughter
by K Arsenault Rivera
"A lush fantasy set in an Eastern feudal world, where two women from across borders will come together to fight against demons encroaching upon their world? Yes please! Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and N.K. Jemisin."

Retribution Rails
by Erin Bowman
"I’ve been anxiously awaiting this companion to Vengeance Road, where a train-robber in possession of a mysterious coin and an aspiring journalist cross paths and try to manipulate each other to their advantage, in this violent and gritty YA Western."


Laurie Martella

by Thomas Pavitte
"I was agog when, like magic through the tip of a sharpie, images come to life by shading within the lines of this graphic puzzle. THIS. IS. GENIUS!"

The Bad Decisions Playlist
by Michael Rubins
"You will be charmed and humoured by Austin, the slacker with half-written songs, in what is cleverly titled The Bad Decisions Playlist. This heartbreakingly funny story is what you would expect from author Michael Rubens, field producer and correspondent on ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,’ and he’s worked with the likes of John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and John Stewart - enough said!"

Lorna McDonald

The Un-Discovered Islands
by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott
"Be prepared to be captivated by the astounding tales of two dozen islands once believed to be real but no longer on the map. From the well-known myth of Atlantis to more obscure tales from around the globe, this fully-illustrated work is an atlas of legend and wonder."

Nobody's Duck
by Mary Sullivan
"A lost duck and grumpy alligator embark on a quest to find out where the duck belongs. From the library to skydiving, from exasperation to laughter, the two make an unexpected discovery about friendship. Told with minimal text and comic strip style illustration, this is a story for parents and kids to enjoy over and over."

Jenny Enriquez

Baking with Kafka
by Tom Gauld
"Baking With Kafka collects some of Tom Gauld’s funniest and most engaging strips about literature and pop culture from his weekly series in The Guardian. A book about books?! Sign me up!"

Nothing Rhymes with Orange
by Adam Rex
"A hilarious, charming story about feeling left out and having your best pals swoop in and make you feel included and special in the end. I finished reading it and re-read it immediately. Then I read it to everyone in my office (or whoever would listen)."

Morgen Young

Class Mom
by Laurie Gelman
"A less-than-conventional Mom finds herself in a very conventional Mom’s position — married and on the PTA! After raising 2 kids on her own, Jen now has a son entering kindergarten and a husband by her side… but is she ready to deal with the bunk that is rampant in the land of school Moms and PTA politics? A hilarious (and irreverent) read."

by Anna Walker
"Totally adorable with lovely watercolour illustrations. Friends and flowers, what’s better than that?"

Evette Sintichakis

The End of the World Running Club
by Adrian Walker
"This is a very real post-apocalyptic novel set in England. It has all the parts that make a good dystopian thriller – asteroids hit, the earth becomes mostly wasteland, and it’s quickly becoming every man for himself. Amidst these end of the world events, one man has to do the impossible if he wants a chance at reuniting with his family. He must run to them – literally – because he won’t make it in time if he walks. Together with other amateur runners, they begin to run every day, all day. Not all of them will make it. This is for readers who like stories of hope, love, and pushing yourself to your limit. I am very excited for this one!"

The Quiet Crocodile
by Natacha Andriamirado and Delphine Renon
"Sometimes friends can be a bother, especially when you’re Fossil the Crocodile and all you want is some quiet. The Quiet Crocodile will appeal to everyone. The beautiful illustrations will have readers seeing new details each time they read the book. It’s a great book for introverted kids. It’s clever, it’s silly, and kids will love it!"

Ali Hewitt

The Fortunes
by Peter Ho Davies
"A beautifully written novel that tells the story of Chinese immigration to America, told through the tales of four characters, living through four different eras. I can’t say enough about how absorbing and impressive I found this book."

Fowl Play
by Travis Nichols
"This book is full of non-stop laughs, as the team at Gumshoe Zoo Detective Agency solve a mystery and speak almost entirely in idioms. The panel illustrations make this perfect for beginning readers, and the jokes are ideal for kids aged 5-8."

Laureen Cusack

The Ninth Hour
by Alice McDermott
"The Ninth Hour is a portrait of the Irish-Catholic immigrant community living in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s. At the heart of the story is a young man who suffers great emotional pain and sadly, ends his life. His tragic death casts a dark shadow over his family and the generations that follow."

Herbert's First Halloween
by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Steven Henry
"Halloween night can be a scary time for young trick-or-treaters. But in this charming story a father demonstrates how he helps his son prepare for his first Halloween night."

It’s Time to #PlayTestShare!

by Melissa
Kids / September 18, 2017

With fall right around the corner it’s the perfect time to gather your family around the kitchen table and enjoy one of the many games, activities and interactive books available from Chronicle Books and Laurence King. We sent some of our new fall favourites to a team of bloggers across the country to play, test, and share their findings with the rest of us while offering a chance to enter and win a game or book of your choice from the selection presented below.

The contest will run from September 19th to the 28th and participating reviewers include 3 Plus a Bunny, A Net in Time, Book Time, Discovering Parenthood, Fab Book Reviews, Frugal Mom Eh, Glimpse Reviews, MBA Mama Musings, My Little House of Treasures, Quillable, The Mommy Mix, and Working Mommy Journal.

Tag us @RaincoastBooks and use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites!

After Dinner Amusements: Family Time
This is a fun little twist on classic games and activities and offers easy amusement during family dinners, holiday gatherings and road trips! This miniature deck of cards features fifty thoughtful and playful questions about the past, present, and future – a great way for family members to connect and learn new things about one another.

Animal Friends on Parade Puzzle
From a gorilla in a party hat to a hedgehog rat-a-tat-tatting on his drum, these animal friends from different habitats—the jungle, farm, woodland, and Arctic—know that togetherness is something to celebrate. Featuring twelve double-sided uniquely die-cut pieces by artist Junzo Terada, this fun puzzle offers (nearly) endless combinations, providing hours of entertainment.

Say Zoop!
The newest book from Herve Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page's reaction. Tullet's books define the genre of participatory bookmaking, encouraging readers to explore and interact with the physical book in all its dimensions. The reward is tremendous: a journey of whimsy and sheer fun that extends well beyond the book's pages.

Donner Dinner Party
Who's safe when there are cannibals hiding among you? That's the question at the heart of this fast-paced game of social deduction in which cannibals and pioneers face off in a fight for survival. Set in the winter of 1846, players are members of the ill-fated Donner Party wagon train, stranded atop a mountain with no food. Rowdy, outrageous, and full of deception, this party game packs a delightfully wicked twist!

Ghost Story Box
Based on a unique and original format, this game contains 20 story-telling puzzle pieces printed on both sides. Each piece can be interchanged or flipped over to allow for all kinds of plot twists and turns, and there are even two alternative endings! When all the puzzle pieces are used, they stretch out to over 8-feet long to tell your own mega ghost story!

Make and Move Mega: Dinosaurs
Press out, slot together and play with your very own T-Rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Pteranodon. Created by talented paper artist and engineer Sato Hisao, each of these detailed 3D models comes with easy-to-follow assembly instructions. No scissors or glue required!

Star Wars Super Graphic
Graphic design guru Tim Leong presents STAR WARS trivia via playful pie charts, bar graphs, and other data-driven infographics. From a Venn diagram of Yoda's idiosyncrasies to an organizational chart of the Empire to a line graph of Grand Moff Tarkin's management decisions, STAR WARS SUPER GRAPHIC shines a new light on the much-adored universe. Equal parts playful and informative, this visual love letter to the vast STAR WARS universe will enchant fans of all ages.

Travel Matching Game
Mix and match with this classic matching game, which includes 36 robust, jumbo-size cards featuring charming illustrations by Greg Pizzoli that will have kids ready to pack up their bags and explore the world! Children will adore pairing colorful images of suitcases, taxis, stop signs, and other classic travel imagery as they develop memory, concentration, and identification skills.

Royal Bingo
This majestically illustrated bingo game features portraits of 64 royal icons from around the world. Spot famous faces like William and Kate, or meet some less familiar figures such as the playboy prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. Each royal is further brought to life in an accompanying booklet, which details their personalities, foibles, gaffes and romances. Who will reign supreme?

10 Books to Read this Summer

by Melissa
Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + YA Fiction / June 02, 2017

The books you need in your beach bag this summer.

Salt Houses

by Hala Alyan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: May 2, 2017
$37.00 cdn · 320 pages
9780544192588 · cl

A stunning debut that spans several generations, Salt Houses is a gorgeous story that explores family, displacement, and identity.

“Moving and beautifully written, Alyan's debut chronicles three generations of a Palestinian family as they face two life-altering displacements—the first after 1967's Six-Day War, and the second following Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait."Entertainment Weekly


A Court of Wings and Ruin

by Sarah J. Maas

Available: May 2, 2017
$24.99 cdn · 720 pages
9781619634480 · cl

The highly-anticipated conclusion in the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin is the perfect summer read: featuring high political stakes, page-turning action, and a captivating romance, this novel will keep you glued to the edge of your beach chair!

“If you want juicy romance, badass women (and men too!), politics (not the boring kind), magic, and unforgettable characters, then pick up this series ASAP.”PopSugar


Fake Plastic Love

by Kimberley Tait
Flatiron Books

Available: May 9, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 352 pages
9781250093899 · cl / 9781250154965 · pb

Debut Canadian author Kimberley Tait tells a Gatsby-inspired coming-of-age tale about 4 millennials as they navigate life after college in Manhattan—an ideal read for when you’re laying poolside.

"With sweeping nods to Fitzgerald and other writers of the Gilded Age, Tait's debut novel sparkles with vitality and conscience … Fluid, graceful, and unfaltering prose highlights this remarkable novel; relatable characters and themes complete the package."Publishers Weekly


God-Shaped Hole

by Tiffanie DeBartolo

Available: May 16, 2017
$23.99 cdn · 416 pages
9781492646945 · pb

Rediscover the novel that inspires readers to live, and love, as vividly as possible with this 15th-anniversary reissue! This beautiful love story will sweep you away.

"With wit and humor, the author brings these characters and their quirky, artsy friends alive. Bottom Line: You'll dig it"People Magazine


Come Sundown

by Nora Roberts
St. Martin's Press

Available: May 30, 2017
$38.99 cdn · 480 pages
9781250123077 · cl

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has a new novel on the horizon for you to fall in love with this summer! Written with Nora Roberts’ deft hand, the romance and suspense will keep you flipping pages until sundown.

“Roberts always tells a good story that balances romance and suspense, but in this title, the narrative is deeper, the mystery is more layered, and with Alice, Roberts moves into another level of exploring physical and emotional trauma and the powerful balm of family and love. [Roberts] is moving into more complex and darker storytelling, to terrific effect."Kirkus starred review



by Marc Elsberg

Available: June 6, 2017
$37.99 cdn cl / $24.95 cdn pb · 320 pages
9781492654414 · cl / 9781492658337 · pb

Looking for a thrilling read while you’re soaking up some rays? Pick up Blackout by Marc Elsberg! This terrifyingly plausible debut about an international hacker attack is sure to capture your attention.

"Fast, tense, thrilling - and timely: this will happen one day. Highly recommended." Lee Child


The People We Hate at the Wedding

by Grant Ginder
Flatiron Books

Available: June 6, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 336 pages
9781250095206 · cl / 9781250154910 · pb

Summer is wedding season, so before you attend your next nuptials, make sure to check out this hilarious and entertaining novel about a dysfunctional family gathering together for a wedding, and the problems that ensue.

"Witty and completely absorbing, The People We Hate at the Wedding is family dysfunction at its best— full of heart, humor, and jealous siblings. This novel is addicting and entertaining and I couldn't put it down!" –Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author ofGirls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls


The Fourth Monkey

by J.D. Barker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Available: June 27, 2017
$37.00 cdn · 416 pages
9780544968844 · cl

“Se7en” meets “The Silence of the Lambs” in this dark and fast-paced novel from J.D. Barker which follows an investigator as he races to find the final victim of a terrifying serial killer before it’s too late. This one will have you sleeping with the lights on!

"Bram Stoker Award finalist Barker ingeniously blends horrific images into a bizarre plotline to create this devilishly dark thriller." Library Journal


The Breakdown

by B.A. Paris
St. Martin's Press

Available: July 18, 2017
$36.99 cdn cl / $24.99 cdn pb · 336 pages
9781250122469 · cl / 9781250153029 · pb

From New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris comes another unforgettable, suspenseful read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Publishers Weekly’s starred review calls it “another first-rate psychological thriller!”

"This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris' 2016 best-seller debut Behind Closed Doors; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list." Booklist starred review


Glass Houses

by Louise Penny

Available: August 29, 2017
$33.99 cdn · 400 pages
9781250066190 · cl

#1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Louise Penny is a master of mysteries, and her latest installment in the Chief Inspector Gamache Novel series will not disappoint! In Glass Houses, Gamache will confront new trials and face his own conscience. In a book that pushes the boundaries of the genre, Louise Penny’s latest can’t be missed.

#PlayTestShare: Spring Break!

by Melissa
Kids / March 07, 2017

It’s time for another #PlayTestShare! Chronicle, Twirl and Princeton have developed a reputation for quality books, games and colouring books that inspire creativity and imagination for kids of all ages.  And with Spring Break around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to send our favourites to enthusiastic bloggers and book reviewers to play, test and share with their readers!

Check out their reviews during the week ahead and enter to win one of ten offerings at any of these participating blogs: My Little House of Treasures, British Columbia Mom, Frugal Mom Eh, Book Time, Our Happy Place, 3 Plus a Bunny, Fab Book Reviews, The Mommy Mix, Quillable, Working Mommy Journal, Glimpse Reviews, Discovering Parenthood, MBA Mama Musings, and Kinderlit.

Tag us @RaincoastBooks and use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites!

Contest runs from March 9 to March 16.

#PlayTestShare Picks for Spring Break 2017:

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo

A classic family-friendly game gets revved up with a winning combination of construction vehicles and farm animals, featuring artwork from the picture book Old MacDonald Had a Truck. With six illustrated, double-sided game boards plus a set of colorful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site--this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there's nothing they can't do!


Introducing a new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night.

642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s and Artist’s Edition

A new offering in the wildly popular 642 series, this unique journal encourages young creators to dive deep into the subject they know best-themselves! Packed with quirky, thought-provoking, and imaginative drawing and writing prompts, this journal a fun way for kids to document their lives, jump-start their creative talent, and produce a memorable keepsake-or the first draft of their bestselling memoir.

TouchThinkLearn Fly!

A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable-and movable-characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings.

Space Playing Cards
Featuring Photos from Nasa Archives

Launch into your favorite card games while immersing yourself in deep space! Each playing card features extraordinary NASA photography and two Pantone colors on beautifully designed card backs. Includes a complete 52-card playing deck, plus 2 jokers.

Birds of the World

A beautifully illustrated guide that introduces aspiring ornithologists to fun facts through a range of coloring activities, removable stickers, and a short quiz. In the process, children learn about the rich variety of birds living in our world, including nightingales, swallows, hummingbirds, pelicans, penguins, parrots, toucans, and flamingos, and many more.

Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book

This fresh new coloring book renders foxes, birds, hedgehogs, and more with a prismatic look that makes them as cool to display as they are pleasing to color. With just the right level of detail, these unique designs can easily be completed in one sitting if so desired, but those who want a more involved coloring session can opt for a 3-dimensional look-and make these animals leap off the page.

Ultimate Book of Cities

Featuring 59 flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs and movable parts, this all-you-need-to-know guide provides detailed information about what makes a city tick: from the different ways of getting around and what goes on in all the big buildings, to what traffic signs mean and who are all the people who keep the city in tip-top shape!

Towering Tree Puzzle

Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!

#PlayTestShare: Family Game Night Will Never Be the Same!

by Melissa
Kids / September 07, 2016

The creative teams at Chronicle Books and Laurence King have delivered another great selection of entertaining games and colouring books bound to become favourites on Family Game Night. Your teens will set aside their smart phones for the thought-provoking Listography. To the Ocean Deep is filled with the most absorbing images, and bonus!—it’s 15 feet long so squabbling siblings can colour at opposite ends. And Cat Bingo? It’s meow-ve-lous! 

There are nine terrific offerings and we’re putting them through the toughest test of all: Satisfying the discerning eyes, hearts and minds of Canadian parent bloggers!

Check out their reviews and enter to win your choice of two items at any of these participating blogs: British Columbia Mom, Discovering Parenthood, Fab Book Reviews, Frugal Mom Eh!, Glimpse Reviews, The Koala Mom, Life on a Canadian Island, My Little House of Treasures, The Pampered Baby, and Quillable.ca.

The #PlayTestShare giveaway will run from September 12 to 20th.  Use #PlayTestShare to share your favourites and let the games begin!

Alain Grée Animals Matching Game
It's an animal menagerie! Kids will delight in this classic matching game, featuring the timeless art of beloved French picture book illustrator Alain Grée. It's the perfect opportunity to identify favorite animals, and to discover new ones. Large, sturdy cards are ideal for small hands, and the game play of discovering 18 different animals builds memory, concentration, and matching skills.

Punch Out & Play Game Book
One book, so many ways to play! Acclaimed artist and designer Laura Ljungkvist invites children to punch out 10 different puzzles and 13 classic games, such as Memory, Go Fish, and Dominoes. Packed with fun, graphic artwork, a variety of games, and plenty of colorful envelopes for easy storage, this book provides hours of play for kids of all ages—all in an attractively priced package.

Cat Bingo
A beautifully illustrated bingo game featuring 64 breeds of cat from around the world. Spot all kinds of cats—from Tonkinese to Siamese, and from Bengals to Birmans—mark them off on your card and BINGO!

642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition
This new oversized journal is packed with peculiar and provocative prompts that encourage young writers to think BIG. Whether imagining big objects or pondering big ideas, budding writers will find this HUGELY entertaining book of prompts the perfect tool for kick-starting their ENORMOUS creative potential—and perhaps their next EPIC masterpiece.

Members of the Raincoast marketing team, disguised to elude capture, slipped away from their desks to play a round of Za Za Zoom!


Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination
One part matching game, one part dominoes, plus loads and loads of fun, this game is both a clever challenge to hone memory skills and a make-your-own visual adventure of colorful play pieces. With the tour-de-force inventiveness—which fuels his already-classics Press Here, Mix It Up!, and Let's Play!—Herve Tullet's open-ended game stimulates creative thinking and fosters imagination.

To the Ocean Deep
Climb down to the depths of the ocean in this amazing fold-out coloring book, the longest in the world! Color an amazing tower, all the way from a boat bobbing in the waves, past sea dragons, mermaids, aqua robots, and sharks, to reach the deep ocean floor. Hours of fun for coloring enthusiasts of all ages.

Missing Socks Go Fish Card Game
Experience the classic Go Fish card game in a sock-inspired way! The perennial post-laundry problem of the search for the missing sock becomes a playful quest to collect the most pairs of sock-shaped cards. Forty cards feature an array of bright colors and patterns that will encourage young players to learn new words and hone concentration skills while they play.

Fantastic Collections
In this newest coloring book by the author of the internationally bestselling Fantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald uses his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to color.

Listography: The Game
A new twist on the bestselling Listography journal series (almost 900,000 titles sold), this game invites players to create and share lists based on fun and thought-provoking topics—from geography and pop culture to toothpaste and constellations! With the goal of being the first around the game board, players score points according to the number of similar or unique answers. Every round in the game results in creative thinking, surprise outcomes, and lots of laughs.

OLA Super Conference 2016

by Melissa
Fiction + News + YA Fiction / January 22, 2016

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.

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