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Tag: Video

A Memory of Light Released Tomorrow!

by Dan
Fiction + Science Fiction and Fantasy / January 07, 2013

A Memory of Light the final book in the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series—completed by Jordan's handpicked successor Brandon Sanderson, and edited by his widow Harriet McDougalis released tomorrow, January 8, 2013.

In this new video, Brandon and Harriet, Tom Doherty, founder of Tor BooksPatrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkill Chronicle series, and Jason Denzel of fan site Dragonmount.com discuss the legacy of the series:


Frenching with Joe Ollmann

by Dan
Graphica / November 07, 2011

mid-life joe ollmann

Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Joe Ollmann – who was recently on CBC radio show Tapestry discussing his mid-life crisis – is now exposing his fish-out-of-water anxieties as an Anglophone in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood in this funny video for BravoFACT!:


You can read a preview of Joe Ollmann's new book Mid-Life here (PDF).

(via Drawn!)

The Hare With Amber Eyes

by Dan
Biography & Memoir / October 04, 2011

Hare With Amber Eyes Cover

Celebrated ceramicist Edmund de Waal was in Toronto last week to deliver a talk about his award-winning book The Hare With Amber Eyes at the Gardiner Museum.

Despite the fact the event was relocated to a larger venue to accomodate more people, it sold out quickly and I know that not everyone who wanted to come to the lecture was able to attend. So, for those people who missed it, I wanted to post this video of Edmund talking about the book: 


I also wanted share this interview with the author recorded yesterday at the WNYC studios in New York where Edmund was due to speak at the public library:


If you haven't read the The Hare With Amber Eyes yet, I highly recommend it. 


The National Reading Campaign

by Jamie
Education / May 18, 2011

The National Reading Campaign is a devoted group of publishers, librarians and educators. Their site is treasure trove of reports and analysis on the state of reading in Canada — reports on everything from reading programs for parents and babies in Quebec to First Nations programs in the west. 

The NRC recently posted some video from their second conference that took place in Montreal back in January, and I want to recommend two that are worth watching.

John Raulston Saul gave a speech on reading and new Canadians in which he declared that reading for kids is "a Declaration of Independence" and than goes on to show why business managers and educational bureaucrats claim to support reading, but actually discourage independent reading. He makes the observation that in the many years he has spent visiting schools he can always tell which schools have teacher librarians and which don't (owing to budget cuts). In schools with a librarian, the kids speak in complete sentences. In other schools the don't. Reductive yes, but it does frame the issue pretty starkly.


The other video from Jon Scieszka is very funny, seemingly very off the cuff and full of practical experience about how boys and girls read differently. His topic fits in beautifully with a book we have on our list Why Boys Fail Saving Our Sons From an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behindwhich is well worth a read. 

Jon also use a memorable image when arguing that boy and girls often like different types of books. Imagine if you could only read the books that are sitting on the bedside table of your spouse and vice versa. I know my wife would quit reading pretty quickly...


The third and Final National Reading Summit is scheduled for Vancouver in 2012 stay tuned for more developments.

The Next Day Trailer

by Dan
Graphica / May 10, 2011

The Next Day, the innovative new work from Pop Sandbox, is now available in bookstores, and if you would like to see what all the fuss is about, here's the haunting trailer for the book: 


If you are in Montreal tonight, there is a book event with illustrator John Porcellino and the creative team from Pop Sandbox starting at 7pm at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, 211 Bernard West.  

New Passions

by Siobhan
Gift & Stationery / March 02, 2011

It's not quite the first day of Spring yet, but I'm tired of grey winter weather (and what's this about hurricanes predicted for BC today?!). I am ready for Springtime.

Spring is all about reawakening from our winter slumber, shaking off our grey-sky blues and reigniting our passions. So I was quite pleased to see that Moleskine has created a whole line of videos to showcase their new Passions Journals. Moleskine has added several new topics to their popular set of Passions Journals this season: Style, Travel, Gardening, Dog, Cat, and Baby.

Here are some videos that I hope will get you all fired up about your passion, whatever it may be.

Moleskine Passions Style Journal


Moleskine Passions Travel Journal


Moleskine Passions Gardening Journal


Moleskine Passions Dog Journal


Moleskine Passions Cat Journal


Moleskine Passions Baby Journal

You can also sample and download some of the interior pages from the Moleskine Passions Journals on Moleskine MSK.

Anna Sui on Fashion TV!

by Dan
Fashion & Textiles / January 07, 2011

Anna Sui

Cult rock 'n' roll fashion designer Anna Sui talks with Canada's FashionTV about her recently released retrospective published by Chronicle Books and her amazing two-decade career: 

Movember Update

by Dan
Design & Typography + News / November 19, 2010

We're more than halfway through Movember, and Vancouver-based designer Mark Stokoe has just produced this beautiful typographic animated short to promote the Raincoast  effort:

Mark made the video with the support of the good folks at Metaform and Public Design, and you can donate to Mark's moustache and Raincoast Stashmasters in support of Prostate Cancer Canada here

When Do They Serve The Wine?

by Dan
Graphica / October 26, 2010


When Do They Serve The Wine Liza Donnelly
The awkward teen years; the crisis of becoming a quarter-lifer; the unmistakable realization that if you're wearing a certain outfit in your forties, you might be a cougar...
With her trademark wry, self-deprecating wit, The New Yorker's Liza Donnelly explores the evolution of women through their lives and crises in her new book of cartoons When Do They Serve the Wine?

Cake Pops

by Dan
Food & Drink / September 16, 2010

Cake Pops Cover

What's a cake pop? If you need to ask then you are missing out! 

Created by überblogger Bakerella — AKA Angie Dudley — these cute little cakes on a stick are an adorable alternative to cake at any party. From decorated balls to baby chicks, snowmen, ice cream cones, and EVEN cupcakes, Bakerella makes it easy and fun to make these amazing treats at home with her new book Cake Pops!. Clear step-by-step instructions and photos guide you through more than 40 featured projects with clever tips for presentation, decorating, dipping, coloring and melting chocolate, and much more along the way:

Cake Pops! is available now and it's selling like (ahem) hot cakes... (sorry).

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