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28 New Rep Picks For Spring 2019

by James
Animals & Nature + Biography & Memoir + Current Affairs + Fiction + Mysteries and Thrillers + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Food & Drink + Health & Wellness + History + Kids + Music + Parenting + Picture Books + Psychology & Self-Help + Travel + YA Fiction / February 21, 2019

Spring is coming right around the corner, and to celebrate the new season, here are some fantastic book recommendations from our sales reps! Happy reading!

Books for Adults

The Collected Schizophrenias
by Esmé Weijun Wang

"This book is a fascinating exploration of mental illness, from an author who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Wang’s essays are both touchingly personal and a journey through the history of mental illness and its diagnosis. Intimate, empathetic, and full of insight, this book is a must read!"
—Ali Hewitt

Women Rowing North
by Mary Pipher

"In Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher helped generations of girls and their parents navigate the choppy waters of adolescence. In Women Rowing North, she is examining the challenges and cultural issues women face as they age and offers a guide to wisdom, authenticity and bliss. There is a huge market of women looking for advice and support and Pipher is perfectly placed to offer it."
—Judy Parker

A Deadly Divide
by Ausma Zehanat Khan

"In this gripping new mystery, Detectives Khattak and Getty investigate a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City that looks like a hate crime."
—Laureen Cusack

The Little Island Bake Shop
by Jana Roerick

"I love Jana’s baking and am so happy to have her recipes!!!"
—Saffron Beckwith

Queen Bey

by Veronica Chambers

"In addition to being a record-breaking artist, Beyonce is a business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist and most importantly, one of the greatest stars of our time."
—Jessica Price

by Ragnar Jonasson

"Fourth in Ragnar Jonasson’s Icelandic thriller series, starring detective Ari Thor. If you are fan of Nordic Noir, or not, read this dark atmospheric mystery, packed with fabulous scenery, quirky characters and a strong plot-driven story."
—Karen Stacey

Kid Gloves
by Lucy Knisley

"I really “relished” Lucy’s first book about her lifelong relationship with food and I can’t wait for her new graphic memoir about her difficulties conceiving and being pregnant. Lucy has been hyping this book’s “birth” with forty weeks of fun pregnancy facts on her Instagram, amidst (spoiler alert) photos of her super cute son!"
—Dani Farmer

She Explores
by Gale Straub

"In a time when people are choosing to spend money on travel and experiences over accumulating stuff, this book is perfect. Gorgeous travel photography with women’s personal stories of adventure and reflection—this book is the next best thing to actually spending time in the wild."
—Evette Sintichakis

Why You Like It

by Nolan Gasser

"This book explores the science and sociology behind why we fancy the sounds of our favourite musical artists. I love so many genres of music—what does that say about me?!"
—Laurie Martella

The Future Is Feminist
Edited by Mallory Farrugia

"Who run the world? FEMINISTS! A collection of brilliant essays by beloved feminist icons in one beautiful package. The perfect book for feminists of all ages."
—Laura MacDonald

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Third Edition
by Gloria Steinem, foreword by Emma Watson

"Gloria Steinem’s timeless collection of feminist essays is back in a third edition with a new foreword by Emma Watson and new preface by Gloria Steinem herself! A worthy and essential addition to any feminist collection."
—Jenny Enriquez

Upon A Burning Throne
by Ashok K. Banker

"Ashok K. Banker, while not as well known in the West, is the founder of Indian fantasy fiction, similar to what Tolkien was for European literature. He has written more than 52 books, and has gained international following. Upon a Burning Throne is his latest title, featuring diverse characters, relentless action and an ongoing mystery sure to please all fantasy readers!"
—Louis-Marc Simard

Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings

by Scott Symington, PhD

"Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Canada today, so any and all help is necessary! In Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings, Scott Symington introduces an incredibly simple concept to help us all redirect our thoughts back to what is happening in the present moment and move away from a life where we are ruled by our worries. Because everybody needs help sometimes."
—Morgen Young


Books for Kids

Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
By Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Jay Fleck

"It’s tough to give your friends hugs when your arms are so small, but Tiny T. Rex must find a way! This adorable picture book is the start of a new series starring this lovable dinosaur. I dare you not to fall in love with the plucky and charming Tiny T. Rex. I DARE YOU."
—Jenny Enriquez

A Friend for Henry
by Jenn Bailey, illustrated by Mika Song

"A Friend for Henry is a beautifully illustrated picture book told from the point of view of a child on the autism spectrum. The author gives us insight into Henry’s perspective, modeled after one of her sons on the spectrum. The touching and positive story will touch everyone’s hearts, children and adults alike!"
—Louis-Marc Simard

by David Elliott

"An extraordinary retelling and exploration of how Joan of Arc changed the course of history! In this age of the Throne of Glass, Divergent and the Hunger Games series, what better time to reintroduce the original kick ass female heroine? A novel told in verse, Voices is also perfect for fans of The Song of Achilles and Circe. Sure to be a hit with readers of teen fiction as well as teachers and librarians."
— Morgen Young

Comics Will Break Your Heart
by Faith Erin Hicks

"A sweet, funny contemporary teen romance for the inner geek in all of us."
— Saffron Beckwith

Fox & Chick: The Quiet Boat Ride
by Sergio Ruzzier

"In the classic canon of buddy books, Fox and Chick set out on a boating adventure—one an enthusiastic sailor and the other a landlubber who hates to miss out on any adventure. Told in three parts this hybrid of an early reader and picture book, illustrated in a comic book style, will be a hit for emerging and reluctant readers alike."
—Lorna MacDonald

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane
by Julia Nobel

"Emmy’s time at a prestigious boarding school uncovers a secret society that may have played a part in her father’s disappearance."
—Laureen Cusack

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost, illustrated by Vivian Mineker

"Robert Frost’s beloved poem is as thought-provoking and beautiful as ever in this picture book! The imaginative interpretation of the classic poem will speak to readers of all ages. This would make a great gift to anyone facing one of life’s many transitions."
—Evette Sintichakis

The Similars
by Rebecca Hanover

"Debut author Rebecca Hanover writes a real page-turner, sci-fi YA novel filled with tension and a thrilling story of six clones who enroll at a prestigious boarding school alongside their originals. Things can only get complicated."
—Laurie Martella

Games on the Go

by Lonely Planet

"Train, plane, boat, car, no matter how you are traveling, these games will keep boredom at bay. A must pack addition for any family trip, big or small!"
—Jessica Price

Fly Girls: Young Readers’ Edition
by Keith O’Brien

"20th century aviation history from the female pilots’ perspective. This is the story of the women pilots who joined the “boys” in the very popular sport of plane racing in the 1920s and ‘30s. A fascinating story of young women determined not to be denied their place in history. Just as Beryl Markham should be read by all young girls, so too should this book. For all those who loved Hidden Figures, here is a story of courageous liberated women ahead of their time."
—Karen Stacey

You Are New
by Lucy Knisley

"Being a new human is hard work! There are so many things to learn and taste and see. Then, just when you think you’ve got a handle on this “being” thing, you grow and there are a bunch of new things to learn! Good thing rhyming text and adorable illustrations from Lucy Knisley are here to provide a guide. Check out the page with the cat-hug… it’s my favourite."
—Dani Farmer

My Brother Otto
by Meg Raby, illustrated by Elisa Pallmer

"A little something for the siblings of the neurodiverse! As the younger sister of someone with developmental delays and disabilities, I would have LOVED a book like this when I was a kid—and I think my parents would have appreciated it too. My sibling does things their own way, maybe I understand them, maybe I don’t, but that’s okay! I love it!!"
—Laura MacDonald

The Little Guys
by Vera Brosgol

"Graphic novelist Vera Brosgol has written another subversively funny picture book. As a graphic novelist, her storytelling ability is stellar and her illustrations are perfectly matched to this story of the rampaging little guys. The message of uniting the community is subtle and doesn’t take away from the fun of the read aloud."
—Judy Parker

Brave Molly
by Brooke Boynton-Hughes

"In this panelled, wordless picture book, our heroine has to defeat the monsters of anxiety that follow her around. After trying to run from the shadowy monsters, Molly bravely confronts her anxiety and makes a friend, with the help of a good book. Author/illustrator Brooke Boynton-Hughes’ drawings do a wonderful job of capturing the fear of rejection, and the joy of a new friend we all feel."
—Ali Hewitt


Paul Anka at the Eaton Centre Today!

by Dan
Biography & Memoir + Events + Music / April 16, 2013

My Way Paul Anka

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Paul Anka will be signing his highly anticipated autobiography, My Way, and celebrating the release of his latest album, Duets, at the Indigo Eaton Centre store in Toronto, at 12pm today!


Paul Anka 'My Way' Signing
12pm April 16, 2013
Indigo Eaton Centre
220 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario
T: (416) 591-3622

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:



The National Post loves The White Stripes and so does Conan O’Brien!

by Danielle
Art & Photography + Events + Music / June 11, 2010

In today's National Post, Vanessa Farquharson interviewed photographer Autumn de Wilde. 


Rock photography usually involves band members trying to look as cool as they possibly can while digital effects make up for the rest. But take a look at the images in Autumn de Wilde's collection, The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights, and you'll find Jack and Meg White sitting on an old couch, surrounded by Inuit elders with goofy grins on their faces.

Other photos in this new book depict Meg inspecting equipment on a fishing boat, Jack looking down the aisle of a plane and the two of them quietly trudging across a frozen tundra.

Throughout the nearly 300 images -- captured by de Wilde as the rock duo toured every province and territory in Canada, in 2007 -- the colour scheme is almost always limited to black, white and red.


Full article can be read here

And last night, The White Stripes's Jack White and US TV host Conan O'Brien played an intimate free show in Nashville, Tennessee.

Despite over a 1000 people queuing up to see the gig, just 300 saw the show, which took place at White's Third Man Records.

The pair performed a set that included covers of The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army', Elvis Presley's 'Blue Moon' and Radiohead's 'Creep'.

A glimpes of that magical night...


Our Top 10 Picks for Father’s Day Gifts

by Siobhan
Art & Photography + Film + Food & Drink + Gift & Stationery + History + Humour + Music + Parenting / June 02, 2010

Sure, you could get him a tie.

But if you're looking for something a little more exciting, here are our top 10 picks for Father's Day gifts...

Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids

The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Man Skills

Dear Dad

Memento: An Autobiography Journal

2048: Humanity's Agreement to Live Together


Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline


Moleskine Passions: Book Journal / Film Journal / Music Journal / Recipe Journal / Wellness Journal / Wine Journal

Old Man Drinks: Recipes, Advice, and Barstool Wisdom

Ribs, Chops, Steaks & Wings

JUST ANNOUNCED! The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights

by Danielle
Art & Photography + Music / March 26, 2010

We here at Raincoast are super stoked about the new Chronicle title THE WHITE STRIPES: UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS hitting bookshelves this May. This book of Autumn de Wilde's photographs, 'UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS', is the companion to the film (releasing the same time as the book) of the same title (or visa versa). Both are documents of the White Stripes 2007 tour of 'every province and territory in Canada' supporting their album Icky Thump.

Exclaim Magazine is already spreading the love for the DVD. Read the full article here

...Under Great White Northern Lights is essential viewing for any Canadian fan for the live footage alone, by the end it really becomes a love story. What the film ultimately shows is that, both musically and emotionally, the bond between Jack and Meg is about as real as it gets...~Exclaim

Here are some of the interior shots. Tres awesome!!

Autumn de Wilde is the author of Elliott Smith and the forthcoming Death Cab For Cutie (Fall 2010), and has worked with Beck, Spoon, Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, Eels, Rodarte, and many others. She lives in Los Angeles.
This book is a MUST HAVE for any White Stripes fan and most the staff members here!

Introducing Moleskine Passions

by Siobhan
Art & Photography + Design & Typography + Film + Food & Drink + Gift & Stationery + Health & Wellness + Music / February 23, 2010

What's your passion?

Music? Film? Books? Food? Wine? Health? ...Moleskine?

Proving you just can't have too much of a good thing, Moleskine has just introduced an beautiful new series, specially designed for your life passions.

There are 6 journals in the Moleskine Passions collection:

Each Passions journal is specially designed to help you collect and organize information, comments, memories, clippings and reviews concerning your very own Passions. Each journal has with a fully embossed cover with a themed illustration.

For instance, the Moleskine Passions Wine Journal includes 6 theme-based sections to fill in with Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red, Fortified/Sweet and Spirits, 6 tabbed sections to personalize, 10 blank pages for comments and notes, adhesive labels, coloured icons, 3 ribbon place markers and double expandable inner pocket. The black cover is fully embossed with sleek silhouettes of wine glasses and bottles.

Here's a lovely video to introduce you to the Moleskine Passions collection:

And, since we're indulge a little in our passions, here are some more videos -- each highlighting an individual Passion:

Wine Journal

Recipe Journal

Book Journal

Film Journal

Music Journal

Wellness Journal


What are YOU most passionate about?

You a ‘Deadhead”??

by Danielle
Music / October 20, 2009


The Grateful Dead Scrapbook is officially licensed with the Grateful Dead and produced in full cooperation with Rhino Entertainment. The band has agreed to make available an archive that includes rare photos, backstage passes, flyers, fan letters, and much more. Renowned journalist Ben Fong-Torres will tell the band’s story in a fresh way, using a pivotal song in each chapter to encapsulate a certain era of the band’s history. Bound in an eye-catching slipcase, with an audio CD of rare interviews, The Grateful Dead Scrapbook is a fully illustrated volume as colorful as the band itself.

I came across this great video of Ben-Fong Torres speaking (I believe) to a class about his newest venture, THE GRATEFUL DEAD SCRAPBOOK. He goes on to explain the content and how we was approached by Becker & Mayer to write this interactive scrapbook. He also plays the Jerry Garcia interview excerpt (included on the CD). This video is about 40 minutes long so sit back, relax and enjoy!

Paul Anka finally gets credit for Michael Jackson song “This is It”

by Danielle
Music / October 16, 2009

Michael Jackson’s new single, “This Is It,” was barely out of the box this week before singer-songwriter Paul Anka claimed that he and Jackson co-wrote the song in 1983 under a different title, “I Never Heard.” Anka told TMZ that Jackson “stole the tapes” from Anka’s studio, where he and Jackson wrote and recorded the song. “They have a major, major problem on their hands. They will be sued if they don’t correct it,” Anka told The New York Times. Soon after Anka’s threat of legal action, record executive and producer Jon McClain called to acknowledge Anka’s co-authorship and promise “all due credit and royalties.” The estate also released a statement that said, in part, “The song was co-written by the legendary Paul Anka.” ~ ABC News

Here’s the trailer for This Is It, the documentary that features Michael Jackson’s last rehearsals for his London concerts. I’ve heard it’s sold out worldwide!!



And to top this all off. Chronicle Books has this awesome new book, MICHAEL JACKSON: BEFORE HE WAS KING. Which is a collection of unseen and intimate photographs of Michael taken over a span of 10 years, from 1974 to 1983. The photographer in the book is Todd Gray who photographed Michael Jackson over a period of 10 years, many of which as Michael’s chosen photographer.

Michael Jackson: Before He Was King

by Dan
Art & Photography + Music / September 18, 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON: BEFORE HE WAS KING is an amazing collection of photographs and I just wanted to share a couple of images with you!

The book collects unseen and intimate portraits of Michael taken over a span of 10 years, from 1974 to 1983, just as he bloomed into unprecedented international stardom, but before he became insulated as the King of Pop. Throughout this time, photographer Todd Gray was granted personal access to Michael at home, with his family and fans, as well as to his incredible, career-making live performances and the video shoot for “Beat It.”

Michael's obvious comfort, candor, and pure joy shine through in the images. And Gray, a young man not much older than Michael at the time they met, brings unique insights to his time with the singer. An introduction and narrative captions by Gray add context to the images, and together create an intimate portrait of Michael at his creative peak, as he grew from a brilliantly talented young man into a pop icon.

MICHAEL JACKSON: BEFORE HE WAS KING is published in October.

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