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New Releases: September 2014 Highlights

by Dan
Art & Photography + Fiction + Psychology & Self-Help / September 08, 2014

This month's releases include new books from Oprah Winfrey, New York Times bestselling authors Iris Johansen and Archer Mayor, as well as Toronto CooksPetcam, and more...



The Perfect Witness

Iris Johansen

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an explosive new thriller...

When Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift: the ability to read people’s memories. But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her as a secret weapon to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence. Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected. She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run...


Available September 30

Proof Positive

A Joe Gunther Novel

Archer Mayor

Ben Kendall was a troubled man. Coming back from Vietnam with PTSD and scars that no one else could see, he hid away from the world, filling his house with an ever-increasing amount of stuff, until finally, the piles collapsed and he was found dead, crushed beneath his own belongings. But what at first glance looks to be a tragic accidental death of a hoarder, may be something much more-and much deadlier. Ben's cousin, medical examiner Beverly Hillstrom, unsettled by the circumstances of his death, alerts Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team...

Available September 30


Son of No One 

Sherrilyn Kenyon

In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it's not easy being life's own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they're even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted-out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcements.


Available September 2


Good House

Peyton Marshall

A bighearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love.

From the far reaches of the D'Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives… sooner rather than later.

Available September 30




Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen

Zoe Nathan with Laurel Almerinda and Josh Loeb

"Everything in generosity" is the motto of Zoe Nathan, the big-hearted baker behind Santa Monica's favourite neighbourhood bakery and breakfast spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Café. This irresistible cookbook collects more than 115 recipes and more than 150 colour photographs, including how-to sequences for mastering basics such as flaky dough and lining a cake pan. Huckleberry's recipes span from sweet (rustic cakes, muffins, and scones) to savory (hot cereals, biscuits, and quiche). True to the spirit of Los Angeles, these recipes feature whole-grain flours, sesame and flax seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, natural sugars, and gluten-free and vegan options—and they always lead with deliciousness. 

Available September 9

Toronto Cooks 

100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants

Edited by Amy Rosen

There has never been a more exciting time to eat in Toronto. While always known for its vibrant and varied food scene, over the past few years the city has been experiencing a culinary explosion. Innovative, globally minded, locally focused restaurants have been cropping up all over town as Toronto evolves into one of the world's greatest places to eat. Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants captures this evolution specifically with the home cook in mind. 

Available September 30



On Immunity

An Inoculation

Eula Biss

Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man's Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In this bold, fascinating book, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, and the world, both historically and in the present moment. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is a moving account of how we are all interconnected-our bodies and our fates.

Available September 30


What I Know of Sure

Oprah Winfrey

The inspirational wisdom Oprah Winfrey shares in her monthly O, The Oprah Magazine column updated, curated, and collected for the first time in a beautiful keepsake book.

After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life," Oprah has penned one column a month over the last fourteen years.

Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful book packed with insight and revelation.

Available September 2

Happiness Is...

500 Things To Be Happy About

Swerling Lisa and Lazar Ralph

From Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling, illustrators and the authors of Me Without You, this adorable gift book illustrates 500 things to be happy about. Happiness is... an unexpected bouquet, cheese, fixing something, a good high-five, and so much more! The charming, make-you-smile illustrations hit just the right note—not too sappy, not too sweet—and remind us that there are dozens of things to be happy about every day. 

Available September 2

Daily Love

Growing into Grace

Mastin Kipp

In Daily Love, Mastin shares some of his personal stories of darkness and light, embracing them all as part of his journey to becoming who he really is. He also speaks of various spiritual leaders who have influenced his life, such as Joseph Campbell, Caroline Myss, Tony Robbins, George Lucas, Oprah, his parents and Jenna (his girlfriend). Through detailed accounts of various spiritual principles introduced by these teachers, Mastin shares how his inspirations and mentors have helped to guide him to success and self-discovery. With the signature voice of TheDailyLove.com and Mastin's youthful and engaging spirit, readers gain a new perspective on what it means to be spiritual for the next generation.

Available September 9

Empower Yourself

Miranda Kerr

Following the overwhelming response to Treasure Yourself, Miranda Kerr continues to explore similar themes in her latest title, providing insight on what she believes it means for young, modern women to be empowered in all areas of life and how this can be achieved. For Miranda, one of the most powerful tools to facilitate change, both in her own life, and in the lives of others, is the use of positive affirmations. Here, she has written over 250 personal affirmations that can be used to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, harmonious relationships, fulfilling career, and happiness.

Available September 9


Nine More Energy Experiments That Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles Is Your Full-Time Gig

Pam Grout

E-Squared, the international hit sensation described by one reader as "The Secret on crack," provided the training wheels, the baby steps, to "really getting it" that thoughts create reality.

In E-Cubed, Pam Grout takes you higher and deeper into the quantum field, where you'll prove that blessings and miracles are natural and that joy is only a thought away.


Available September 9


You Might Remember Me 

The Life and Times of Phil Hartman

Mike Thomas

The revealing and at times harrowing biography of beloved comedian and actor, Phil Hartman. 

Both joyous tribute and serious biography, Mike Thomas' You Might Remember Me is a celebration of Phil Hartman's multi-faceted career and an exhaustively reported, warts-and-all examination of his often intriguing and sometimes complicated life—a powerful, humour-filled and disquieting portrait of a man who was loved by many, admired by millions and taken from them far too early.

Available September 23



Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform

Danielle Krysa

Collage has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity during the twenty-first century, resulting in an explosion of creativity. This showcase of cutting-edge contemporary art from across the globe features galleries of collage by 30 practitioners, from the surreal landscapes of Beth Hoeckel to Fabien Souche's humourous appropriations of pop culture. This collection is visual inspiration for art lovers and an appreciation of the transformation of old into new.

Available September 16

The Art of Box Trolls 

Phil Brotherton

LAIKA, the studio behind the hit films Coraline and ParaNorman, introduces audiences to a new breed of family: the Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. The Art of The Boxtrolls features the amazingly detailed artwork that went into this film's creation, including character sketches, puppets, textiles, set dressing, and 3-D printed facial models, alongside the story of the film's development.

Available September 23


Worn Stories 

Emily Spivack

Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers. First-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, such as artist Marina Abramovic on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China; musician Rosanne Cash on the purple shirt that belonged to her father; and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley on the Girl Scout sash that informed her business acumen.

Available Now



The World Through the Lens of Our Four-Legged Friends

Chris Keeney

How does the world look from the point of view of our dogs and cats—or our chickens and goats? Petcam, by photographer Chris Keeney, author of Pinhole Cameras, presents a collection of striking and amusing images created by an international roster of animal photographers. With small, lightweight cameras attached to their collars and cowbells, they document what they see as they go about their daily routines—lounging under parked cars, scaling rooftops, jumping fences, relaxing in a neighbor's tall grass. 

Available September 2


Creatures of the Night

Traer Scott

In Nocturne: Creatures of the Night, celebrated animal photographer Traer Scott takes the viewer on a journey through nighttime in the animal kingdom, revealing some of nature's most elusive creatures. Bats, big cats, flying squirrels, tarantula, owls, kangaroo mice, giant moths, sloth, several species of snakes, and a Madagascar hissing cockroach are only a few of the animals illuminated in these lushly detailed portraits. 

Available September 2

My Favourite Books of 2012, Dan Wagstaff

by Dan
December 17, 2012

The Patrick Melrose Novels

I'm actually getting pretty used to the idea that very few people like the same books that I do. I like to say my taste is unique, but when it comes down to it maybe I'm just odd!

Needless to say, the books I love are so rarely the ones that sell in vast quantities and I've all but given up recommending personal favourites to my colleagues.

I did, however, make an exception this year for a collection of stories by English novelist Edward St. Aubyn, which I raved about for like a maniac for 12 solid months (just ask our reps!).

Edward St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels about the dysfunctional Patrick Melrose are quite well known in the UK. Never Mind, was first published in 1992. The fourth, Mother's Milk, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2006. But St. Aubyn's novels, horrifying and comic in turn, were presumed to be altogether too British for Canadian and American tastes. You had to really hunt them down if you wanted to read them on this side of the Atlantic.

Fortunately, all FIVE of St. Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels were finally released properly in the US and Canada in January this year.

At Last

The Patrick Melrose Novels collects the first four stories — Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope and Mother's Milk — into one thick paperback (a bargain at $23.00!) and the fifth, concluding volume, At Last, (published in the UK in 2011), is now also available in paperback — just in time for Christmas.

If you like your prose surgical, your humour black, and your heroes alcoholic, I can't recommend these books enough (and Alice Sebold agrees with me!).


It is hard to pick a favourite comic book of the year, but I really enjoyed Guy Delisle's latest travelogue Jerusalem. I had the pleasure of meeting Guy at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival this year and witnessed his deadpan humour firsthand. As a dad, I can't wait to see his new book A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting in the new year... 

I also had the pleasure of meeting Tom Gauld at TCAF. GoliathTom's latest graphic novel, is a charming and funny retelling of the familiar bibilical story and well-worth picking up. Tom has a new collection of literary comic strips out in January called You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, which I'm very excited about. If you liked Hark! A Vagrant, I think it might be a book for you...

Baby's in Black

Also recommended (although sadly overlooked in my opinion) is Baby's in Black by German cartoonist Arne Bellstorf. It's beautifully drawn and, although the story will be familiar to a lot of people from the movie Backbeat, it is lovingly told. It would be a perfect for a teenage Beatles fan.

Lastly, we had several photography books that really caught my eye this year. Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography is a must for anyone who loves midcentury-modern style and beautiful pictures — it's the perfect book to adorn your Noguchi coffee table.

Disappearance of Darkness

Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos and The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era by Robert Burley are companion books in a way. Both are about the changing face of photography and the replacement of film technology with digital.

Instant details the Apple-like innovation and inventiveness behind the creation of Polaroid and the company's subsequent decline with the rise digital cameras. Likewise, Robert Burley's photographs in The Disappearance of Darkness capture the rapid end of the once-thriving analogue film industry around the world. Burley's photographs of the Kodak plant in Toronto and it's eventual demolition are particularly compelling, if not the cheeriest images for Christmas!

Dan Wagstaff, Online Marketing Manager

The Disappearance of Darkness

by Dan
Art & Photography / November 22, 2012

The Disappearance of Darkness

The Disappearance of Darkness by photographer Robert Burley (released this week) is a remarkable record of the abandonment and destruction of film-based photography.

Burley, who teaches at the Ryerson School of Image Arts, began the project in Toronto in 2005 when he discovered the century-old Kodak Canada complex was being shut down. He quickly realized that the plant closure was just tip of the iceberg and travelled around the world to photograph places where the alchemy of the photographic process had been practiced over the past century—from the Polaroid plant in Waltham, Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathe plant in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, the birthplace in 1827 of photography itself.

Art Photo Studio

The most poignant image in the book for me, however, is this photograph taken on a street corner on Queen West in Toronto. This studio was just around the corner from our office. If you recognize it, you'll know that is near Trintity Bellwoods park, almost directly opposite TYPE books. It is now been replaced by the patisserie Nadège. They make very nice treats there of course, but looking at this photograph, it is hard not to think something has also been lost...

In this short video, Burley talks more about the book and this fascinating project:   

Instant Love Book Trailer

by Danielle
Art & Photography / May 16, 2012

Instant Love
How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids

What Would Be Your Last Meal on Earth?

by Danielle
Food & Drink / October 06, 2011

Melanie Dunea has done it again. In her first acclaimed book, My Last Supper (2007) she asked the world's top chefs 'what would you eat for your last meal on earth?' Now she just released My Last Supper: The Next Course where she upped the questions for 50 notable foodies. Thought provoking questions as well. I'm going to take a moment to answer them.

What Would Be Your Last Meal on Earth? You'll get the idea of why I chose this meal after you see the setting of this meal. I'd like to eat steak, good steak. Ones we bought from the market. Baked potatoes with all the fixings and a yummy beet salad. And chicken wings from grain fed chicken too (hot of course).

What would be the setting for the meal? I'd like it on a mountain top eating on a picnic table looking over Salmon Arm. Beautiful white and pink hydrangeas fill simple glass vases. Blue and white gingham table cloth and eating off my melomine camping dishes. It's dusk and there are lanterns in the trees to give off a soft glow. A campfire burns about 10 feet away and there are coolers filled with selections of ice cold beer.

Would there be music? Absolutely! Dave Mathews would serenade. Oh and maybe I'll have the Kings of Leon open cause I just saw them and they pretty much rocked.

Who Would be your dining partners? My mother and my boyfriend Garfield (yep just like the cat) and well whoever wanted to come, cause it would be a party.

Who would prepare the meal? Gordon Ramsay. I like that he swears a lot, is funny, and can cook. I hope he likes camping!

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Happy 20th birthday Laurence King!

by Danielle
Architecture + Art & Photography + Design & Typography + Film + Reference / August 12, 2011

Well Laurence King the publishing house, not Laurence King the founder himself (I think he's older than 20).

Established in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing is now recognized as one of the world's leading publishers of books on the creative arts.

Their books are acclaimed for their beautiful design and authoritative text as well as the quality and care taken over their production. They publish books in the fields of art, graphic design, architecture and fashion; just to name a few.

Mark Lamster of Design Observer took up the chance to interview Laurence to hear his thoughts about the state and future of design publishing, and what makes a design book (and book proposal) successful. 

...Even with this distinguished catalog, few Americans are likely to know much about King or his press, as until recently most of his titles were sold in this country by other publishers, who purchased their rights. I got to know him this way, both as a buyer and a seller, when I was an editor at Princeton Architectural Press. We worked on many books together — some winners, some losers — and it was always a pleasure. King is one of the true gentlemen of design publishing, self-deprecating and charming in the classic British manner... ~ Mark Lamster

Full article can be found here.







This Fall LK has some pretty amazing new books that I get to publicize (yep I do!). Please pre-order at Amazon.ca, Indigo. ca or take a walk to your local bookshop, they can order a copy for you. Below are just a few. There's planty more to come! I'll keep you posted!

And what's a blog without some cool Laurence King videos? Enjoy!

How did you take that picture??

by Danielle
Art & Photography / July 22, 2011

Did you know that you can make a camera virtually out of anything? Like for example the Quaker tin from your oatmeal, the container your coffee grounds are kept in or even a shoebox? Well you can! Take for example the following...

...who would have thought?? Cool right?

I’ve seen pinhole cameras ranging
in shape and size from a pineapple
to a Volkswagen bus. You’ll be
amazed by how many interesting
things can be turned into a pinhole
camera—so interesting that when
you start to use it in the field, people
will be curious about what you’re
doing. And when you tell them that
you’re creating photos with a coffee
can, they’ll be surprised that’s even

~ Chris Keeney author of Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide

This book is a do-it-yourself guide which shows you how to transform basic household containers (lots of them!) into amazing photographic devices. Apparently the images don't turn out so crisp and clear but that's the idea. If you want a sharp image then just use your boring ol'camera. The gallery from the book reminds me of that app Instagram. Love it! So if you're feeling up to the challenge and want to take pictures that aren't that perfect, pick up a copy and try for yourself. And why not send them over to share with us. We'll post them on our blog!

Power: Portraits of World Leaders

by Danielle
Art & Photography + Current Affairs / June 30, 2011

It is undeniable that the worldwide political landscape has seen a good deal of unrest and historic change this year. Award-winning photographer Platon knows that landscape well. He’s photographed world leaders since the fall of 2009 when nearly all heads of state were in New York for a meeting of the United Nations.

Platon’s photographs, Portraits of Power, appeared in the Dec. 7th issue of the New Yorker that year. Many are of icons of our age, such as his image of Gaddafi, which was featured earlier this year on the cover of Time Magazine.

Power, Platon’s new book with Chronicle, provides a comprehensive historical record of our time. It’s a “yearbook” that captures a truly unique moment.

“If you put all of the pictures together,” says Platon, “you get a sense of the global personality of the power system. It allows us to stand back and to start to analyze what happened, who was in control—that is what this book is about.”

You can hear Platon speak about his experiences photographing this amazing roster of world leaders in the video below.

Power features over 100 stunning portraits along with an introduction by New Yorker editor David Remnick. Here are a few I am sure you’ll recognize.

Barack Obama, President, United States

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President, Iran

Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister, Russia

Tony Blair, Prime Minister, United Kingdom May 1997-June 2007

Robert Mugabe, President, Zimbabwe

Special thanks to Patti Quill for this blog posting!
(Marketing and Publicity for Chronicle Books)

And Platon was interview by the BBC. Please take a look at the video linked here and scroll through to approx. 09.08 (just after the weather report from Wimbledon.)

Easter Books to Usher in Spring

by Siobhan
Animals & Nature + Art & Photography + Humour / April 20, 2011

Growing up in Northern Ontario, I always thought the image of Easter you see on TV was a bit off... I mean, how could you possibly have an Easter egg hunt outdoors when the ground is still blanketed in snow — or worse, slush? (Wearing poufy pastel dresses, no less.)

And then I moved to Vancouver... and now I get it (except for the pastel dresses; I think I may be a bit old for that now). While some (most?) of the country is still bracing for snow, it's feeling quite Spring-like and Easter-y here in Vancouver. The cherry blossoms are out and it's bright and sunny outside. There are daffodils poking up all over the place. Sorry, rest-of-Canada, but it's true.

But there's hope yet. In the spirit of Easter, here are a few books to usher in Springtime, no matter how cold, wet or snowy it may be outside. Just curl up with a book that's full of Springtime goodness, and use your imagination... Chocolate eggs also help.


Chicken and Egg

Chicken and Egg is one of my personal favourites from Chronicle's Spring list. In it, food writer Janice Cole shares her adventures of deciding to take on raising chickens in her backyard. This book is not only lovely to look at (thanks to the crack design team at Chronicle), it's also topical, as allowing "urban poultry" seems to be an issue that's been raised in several Canadian cities in the past couple of years, and also downright delicious... Did I mention that the book also includes 125 recipes for delicious chicken and egg dishes?

Read a guest post by the author on the Chronicle blog.

Read the spread on Chicken and Egg in a recent issue of HELLO magazine (PDF).



Another gorgeous book with a Springtime feel is Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them. This book featuresamazing photography drawn from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. Close-up photos of nests are accompanied by short portraits of the birds that constructed them. The variety and detail is fascinating. Here are a few spreads from the book... (Click on the images below to see them larger.)





And for something that's just plain fun(ny), check out One Chick to Another. Full of quips and funny one-liners paired with cute photos of, you guessed it, chicks.

One Chick to Another

One Chick to Another

Publish Your Photography Book

by Dan
Art & Photography / March 08, 2011


I take far more photos than I used to. I carry my camera — in the shape of my phone — with me everywhere, happily snapping away (I am, of course, addicted to Instagr.am!).
In fact, I take so many photos, I sometimes wonder about collecting the better ones together in a book for posterity. And apparently I'm not the only one. We live in the golden age of the photography book — since the early 1990s, the number of photography book publishers has continued to grow while technology has placed even more tools in the hands of photographers. Yet, most of us (including a few who work in the book trade!) only have a vague idea about how to put a book together. 
Fortunately, help is at hand. Publish Your Photography Book (coming soon from Princeton Architectural Press) is the first book to demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs. Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid.
Publish Your Photography Book
The book is organized in six sections covering the rich history of the photo book; an overview of the publishing industry; a detailed look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world.
Publish Your Photography Book also includes a number of additional interviews and contributions from industry professionals, including artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences.
I can't wait! 

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