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Meet the Scott Brothers from W Network’s Property Brothers!

by Alisha
Events + Home & Garden / August 08, 2016

The stars of W Network's Property Brothers are coming home! Maple Ridge twins Jonathan and Drew Scott are back in town for two events this August. Don't miss your chance to meet the twins as they greet fans and sign copies of their bestselling book Dream Home

Upcoming Events
Chapters Metrotown • Friday, August 19 at 6PM
Click here for details.

Black Bond Books • Sunday, August 21 at 2PM
Click here for details.

Dream Home

Dream Home
The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House
Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
9780455715677 • $42.00 cl

"It's about time these guys published a book! In Dream Home, Drew and Jonathan Scott prove to be an authority on all things related to the home space. It's very informative, easy to navigate, and answers all the questions for those looking to fix or find their perfect home. Drew and Jonathan's personalities shine throughout, giving the guide a fun energy while also providing relatable advice and solutions for the homeowner."—Rachael Ray

Click here to read an excerpt!

My Favourite Books of 2014, Sandy Cooper

by Dan
Fiction + Food & Drink + Kids / December 11, 2014

The Forgotten Seamstress

From the author of the well received The Last Telegram, fans were waiting for this next novel.

Caroline Meadows life is taking some unexpected turns, her Mother needs to move into care and so while she is clearing her mother’s attic, she discovers a beautifully crafted quilt and begins a search to find out the origins of this mysterious quilt and who might have stitched it.

1910 and Maria, an extraordinary seamstress, is employed to work for the Royal Family. Maria is young and beautiful, and soon catches the eye of the Prince of Wales. But this connection soon leads to trouble for Maria and her life takes a sudden unexpected turn.

Will Caroline be able to find out about the quilt and discover what happened to Maria?

A very interesting and moving story that keeps you involved the whole way through. I can see this book as a movie…much like Philomena… past and present, following clues and revealing secrets as you go…

The Dirty Apron Cookbook

This is a fantastic cookbook. Great recipes, beautiful photography, and the nicest chef and teacher you could wish for. The mushroom soup recipe is straight from heaven. It will ruin you for any other mushroom soup anywhere.

If you are ever in Vancouver treat yourself and go by the Dirty Apron deli, or even better, sign up for one of David Robertson’s incredible classes at the cooking school. But if you can’t… buy this book and work your way through it from start to finish. You’ll be a pro in no time.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Sound Book 

Everyone has heard of the New York Times-bestselling children’s picture book…It’s my three year old Grandsons’ favourite bedtime story. But this sound board book is for an even younger audience… a sturdy board book with the favorite characters and a bonus side panel of wonderful realistic machine and engine noises. Great fun!

Sandy Cooper, Sales Director

Celebrate the Launch of The Chocolate Tasting Kit (And indulge in some chocolate tasting yourself!)

by Melissa
Events + Food & Drink + Vancouver / March 14, 2014


Do you live in Vancouver? Do you love chocolate? If you answered yes to these questions, we have the perfect event for you! Come celebrate the launch of Eagranie Yuh's The Chocolate Tasting Kit on March 20, 2014 at Xoxolat.  This will be a fun filled evening of chocolate tastings with the opportunity to meet the author extraordinaire herself. We would love it if you could join us for this event.

Eagranie Yuh
is a local author and chocolate educator who has recently published The Chocolate Tasting Kit with Chronicle Books. Her work has appeared in publications such as Best Food Writing 2012, Edible Vancouver, Flavours and more. She is also a permanent grand jury member of the International Chocolate Awards. In other words, she knows her stuff!

Xoxolat is located at 1271 Homer Street in Yaletown, and the Open House will be from 5-8 PM. This event is free, but you can RSVP here. We'll be selling kits, sampling chocolate, and there will be a cash bar.

We hope to see you there!

Job Posting: Inventory Coordinator

by Dan
Job Posting + News / March 13, 2014

Raincoast is looking for a highly organized individual with a love of spreadsheets to join our inventory team. The position requires strong analytical skills, a good eye for detail and the ability to communicate clearly. Raincoast will provide training on its own systems, but the successful applicant will be very comfortable with Excel and Word.

This position requires communication with client publisher staff, customs brokers and carriers, as well as Raincoast staff in sales, marketing, systems, finance and warehouse.

Regular Duties

Inventory control:

  • place initial seasonal orders with client publishers based on forecasts provided by the field sales director
  • reorder based on sales data
  • identify overstocks and communicate with client publishers regarding their disposal
  • work with warehouse to implement downsize measures

Database maintenance:

  • work with marketing department on new title uploads
  • maintain accurate title level data, particularly as availability dates and prices are subject to change
  • receive stock into the system
  • process stock returns

Research and reporting:

  • track shipments of key titles, including time-sensitive titles
  • investigate missing shipments
  • research discrepancies
  • monitor and sign off on customs and freight chargebacks

Vacation backup for other members of the team


  • Proficiency in Excel (level 2) and Word, with a high level of accuracy
  • Some experience with databases
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Related work experience: similar office work or book industry experience
  • Ability to work well with others

Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd, based Metro Vancouver, is one of the largest distributors of books in Canada. We have been in business for more than 30 years, selling, marketing and distributing our clients’ book and gift product to retailers, wholesalers and institutions across the country.

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

To apply, please email your resume to Paddy Laidley by March 25, 2014

Hang Out with Marissa Meyer!

by Dan
Events + Vancouver + YA Fiction / February 21, 2014

Bestselling author Marissa Meyer is coming to Canada!

Marissa will be signing copies of Cress, the latest book in the Lunar Chronicles, and talking about her writing and the latest developments in the series in Vancouver on Saturday February 22nd (that's TOMORROW!), and Toronto on Monday February 24th.  

And if you can't come to the events in person (and even if you can!) Marissa will be online this weekend for a very special Google Hangout with fans. All the details are below....

Vancouver February 22:
2:00pm at Chapters Metrotown
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby

Toronto February 24:
2:00pm at North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

7:00pm at Indigo Yorkdale
3401 Dufferin Street Unit #29, Toronto

Google Hangout February 22nd

10:00am PST/1:00pm EST


What the fans are saying about Cress:

"A wonderfully plotted series that not only has a gripping plot, but ridiculously endearing characters."A Glass of Wine

"These books exceed all expectations and every one of them has been better and more complex then the last."Conversations of a Reading Addict

"Oh. My. God. Marissa Meyer, you genius."Holes in My Brain

"I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! ... Marissa Meyer really is a storytelling genius, and I am so much in love with these science fiction re-workings of some of my favourite fairy tales."—Melissa, Mables Fables

"Cress is entertaining and thrilling, a brilliant continuation to this series of fairy tale retellings set in a distant future."Me on Books

"Cress is an intricately woven thrill ride that will make the reader want to flip right back to page one and start all over again once they're finished."Omfg!Books

"Oh wow, I didn't think the book would be this good! I'm really used to series dying down slowly after the first one but this series just keeps getting better and better!"Secrets of Lost Words

"This is the kind of series that you hope will never end"Xpresso Reads


My Favourite Books of 2013, Chelsea Newcombe

by Chelsea
Art & Photography + Food & Drink / December 16, 2013

Well-Read Women

Well-Read Women

It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I love Well-Read Women so much, because it draws from the many reasons why certain books become important to me: liveliness, nostalgia, sadness, beauty, and memorable characters. Samantha Hahn's ethereal watercolour portraits of literature's leading ladies are juxtaposed against one of their signature quotes, and it makes for a gorgeous read. Anne Shirley is my absolute favourite ("Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?")


There is a special place in my heart for the Burgoo restaurant. I have memories of being there with friends, family, and even right after I graduated from college. Half-starved after the long ceremonial affair that is a UBC English Department graduation ceremony (there were many of us), my parents asked where I wanted to get lunch. Easy answer: "Burgoo!" No one does comfort food better, and thanks to their cookbook now everyone can bring it home. We're in Raincouver after all, and sometimes the only cure for the grey sky blues is cheesy biscuits and a hearty stew.

Chelsea Newcombe, Sales Associate

Authors at the 2013 Vancouver Writers Fest

by Dan
Events + Vancouver / October 22, 2013

The Vancouver Writers Fest starts today and Raincoast has FOUR authors attending this year. 

Ivy + Bean Take the Case

Annie Barrows, beloved author of the fabulously successful Ivy + Bean books, will be introducing the latest installment in the series, Ivy + Bean Take the Case, on Thursday October 24 at Performance Works, between 10am and 11am.   

Tickets for the event, suitable for grades 1-4, are $17 or $8.50 for school groups. 

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The Unwinding

For one night only, author and New Yorker staff writer George Packer will be talking about his critically acclaimed new book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

Described by the New York Times as "something close to a nonfiction masterpiece," The Unwinding is surely one of the 'must-read' books of 2013. Packer's sole Canadian appearance this year is not to be missed.

The event starts at 8pm on Thursday October 24th at the Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC. Tickets are $19.

(Buy tickets here)


Word on the Street

Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon—whose most recent collection of poem is called The Word on the Street—is involved in a number of events during the festival.

On Friday, October 25, he will be taking part in Found in Translation, a panel with translator Susanna Basso and author/translator Wayne Grady in Studio 1398. The event starts at 1:00pm, and tickets are $17. 

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On Saturday October 26, Paul will be in conversation with John Freeman in the Waterfront Theatre. The event starts at 2pm, and tickets are $17. 

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Later on that evening, Muldoon will be joining Anne Carson, Brad Cran, Michael Crummey, Mathew Henderson, and Anne Michaels for the sold-out Poetry Bash, starting at 8pm at Performance Works.

How to Read a Novelist

In addition to his conversation with Paul Muldoon on Saturday, writer and critic John Freeman will be discussing his illuminating new book, How to Read a Novelist, with festival director Hal Wake on Sunday, October 27 at the Improv Centre.

The one-time president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the former editor of Granta, Freeman has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed scores of writers. In How to Read a Novelist, he pulls together his best profiles, and shares what he's learned.

The event begins at 2:00pm, and tickets are $17.

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Sign Painters Vancouver Screening

by Dan
Design & Typography + Events / May 28, 2013

The documentary Sign Painters is getting its Canadian premiere next week at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver!
The screenings, arranged by Got Craft?, start at 7:30pm on Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th, and directors Sam Macon and Faythe Levine will be there to answer questions afterwards. There is limited seating and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 
Sign Painters
The documentary is accompanied by a book of the same name, and Faythe and Sam will be signing copies Sign Painters at Smash Gallery on the Saturday afternoon (June 8th) starting at 2pm. The book signing is part of the 'One Shot at Glory: The Art of the Sign Painter' exhibition, opening this weekend, which features work of local west coast sign writers. 
Tickets for the screenings can be bought via the Got Craft? website. More details on the 'One Shot of Glory' exhibition can be found on the Smash Gallery site

Sign Painters Documentary Vancouver Premiere

by Dan
Craft + Design & Typography + Events / March 27, 2013

Sign Painters

There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.


In 2010 filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon began documenting the work of traditional sign painters, their time-honoured methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship.  

The subsequent book, which features a foreword by legendary artist (and former sign painter!) Ed Ruscha, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2012. 

The first anecdotal history of the craft, Sign Painters tells the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout North America. It profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals

The accompanying movie, also called Sign Painters, premieres in at The Smithsonian in Washington DC at the end of this month. But like Levine's previous documentary, Handmade Nation, the Canadian premiere of the film will be in Vancouver in association with Got Craft?.

The screenings will take place on Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th at the Rio Theatre on Broadway, and directors Sam Macon and Faythe Levine will be there to answer questions afterwards. There is limited seating and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. If you're a fan of lettering, typography, or hand-crafted signs, the film is not to missed!



Doors at 6:30pm | Screening at 7:30pm | Directors Q+A to follow
Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway @ Commercial Drive
Tickets & additional information HERE
Screening followed by a directors Q&A

Cory Doctorow Vancouver Kidsbooks

by Dan
Events + Fiction + Science Fiction and Fantasy + Vancouver / September 28, 2012

If you live in Vancouver and you're asking yourself "when, oh when, can I meet Cory Doctorow?" I want to let you know that you don't have long to wait!

The outspoken and controversial author/blogger/podcaster will be giving his take on technology, sci-fi and writing at West Point Grey Unitied Church Sanctuary in Vancouver on Sunday October 21 staring at 7pm. Organized by our amazing friends at Kidsbooks, tickets are $23.50 each and include a copy of his new book Pirate Cinema .* 

Tickets are available here

Pirate Cinema

Kidsbooks Cory Doctorow Vancouver Event
Sunday October 21st at 7:00pm
OffSite venue:
West Point Grey Unitied Church Sanctuary
4595 West 8th Ave., Vancouver BC

Download flyer (PDF)


*The book will be available for pickup from October 2/12, or at the event, WITH THE PRESENTATION OF THE TICKET. 

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