Dreams of Gods and Monsters Window Display

To celebrate the release of Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final novel in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, which released on APRIL 8th, Mabel’s Fables in Toronto, ON created this gorgeous window:

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Go check it out! Their amazing window will be on display for the next month.

PRAISE

“In the final book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Taylor revives the strong interweaving of reality and fantasy that gave the first story such cross-genre appeal.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[An] ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose.”
- Kirkus

“New revelations, characters, multiple love stories, and constant plot twists and suspense will not disappoint Taylor’s many fans.”
- Booklist

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“Never thrum and screaming blood, wild and churning and chasing and devouring and terrible and terrible and terrible,” begins Dreams of Gods & Monsters.

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LIVING WITH A WILD GOD: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything

LIVING WITH A WILD GOD has officially been released and whether you’re contemplating wearing shorts in Toronto or cursing flurries in Calgary, this is a book we can all enjoy with a cup of tea. If you’re wondering what LIVING WITH A WILD GOD is about—it’s a memoir/spiritural inquiry (sort of) that explores the notion of God in a secular, rationalist world. Now, if you’re wondering why Barbara Ehrenreich, the brilliant author of over 20 books, including  NICKEL AND DIMED, and a well known atheist, would dare write a book about god and divinity then you should read her wonderful interviews with THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE and THE ATLANTIC. Here’s an excerpt from THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE:

“I realized that whatever I experienced was not anything like a deity that I knew of. It certainly was not a good, caring God of Christianity. On the other hand, I knew it was way out of the reach of science, and I did feel uneasy. My younger sister was distressed that I wrote a book with “God” in the title. We are hard-line atheists, and I had to re-establish my credibility with her or I’d get booted out of the family.”

There will be more fantastic press for LIVING WITH A WILD GOD, including an interview with Barbara in the Focus section of The Globe and Mail! Barbara Ehrenreich will also tour to Toronto on May 5 for an event at the Appel Salon. More details coming soon!

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, “mystical”-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search.

Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD brings an older woman’s wry and erudite perspective to a young girl’s uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich’s most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the “meaning of life.”

Certain to be a classic, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich’s singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement.

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Get Outside With a Falcon Guide

With winter finally out of the picture, and spring officially here, we can all turn our thoughts towards going outside without fear of, say, being run over by a dog sled or mauled by a yeti. And, if we are venturing outside anyways, why not head out prepared with a Falcon Guide?

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To be clear, I am not talking about a guide that happens to be a falcon, though that would be cool, but rather an outdoor instructional book from, the publishing house FalconGuides. FalconGuides has manuals for almost every outdoor enthusiast’s favourite pastime. Do you like slack lining? There’s a guide for that! How about fishing? There’s a guide for that! Kayaking? You guessed it, there’s a guide for that too!

Each one of these handbooks is filled with full-colour illustrations that make picking up any new outdoor hobby as simple as possible. Trust me, one of these books will provide you with the expertise needed for your chosen activity in what will seem like no time at all!

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Basic Illustrated Freshwater Fishing
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Also, some of these guide are location specific; not only can you become an expert on camping, but you can become an expert on camping in Washington, Pennsylvania, or a host of other locations. And when it comes time to make dinner on one of your camping trips you’ll be fully equipped with a copy of FalconGuides’ Cooking the One Burner Way at your finger tips.

And after your delicious meal, you and your friends can work off the lethargy by taking a hike. During which you can wow your companions (or put them to sleep) with your knowledge of the local trees. The fact that you got all of your info from Trees: A Falcon Guide can be our little secret!

Of course, if your camping buddies are less than enthralled by you explaining the intricate differences between a Balsam Fir and a Fraser Fir, you can always win back their love with a few spooky stories courtesy of Haunted Trail Tales, once again from FalconGuides.

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So the next time you are planning an outdoor expedition, whether it’s a day trip or a week long camping excursion, let FalconGuides help you along the way. You won’t be disappointed!

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POETRY MONTH | Weekly Highlights

It’s POETRY MONTH, which for some people is the cruelest month of the year, breeding black turtle necks out of moth-eaten closets, mixing casual coffee drinkers and poets at pop up slam competitions, stirring glassy-eyed shoppers with sprung rhythm.

At Manda Group, we love poetry month and want to help you choose the perfect haiki or meta-poem to buy, so for the next couple of weeks we will be unveiling upcoming and newly released titles! Here’s the first few GEMS:

9781550963878100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda
Exile Editions
ISBN 9781550963878
$24.95

Forty years after Pablo Neruda’s death, this compilation of his sonnets, unlike previous translations, captures the true spirit and verbal dexterity of his lesser-known genre. Pablo Neruda is still one of the most widely read, influential and beloved 20th-century poets. He was a Nobel Laureate, famous for his politically engaged lyrics, who also wrote these bold and sensual sonnets. In this new edition, the poems are followed by three essays on reading Neruda and his poetic effect by the notable poets and translators A. F. Moritz, Beatriz Hausner, and Toronto’s Poet Laureate (2012–2015) George Elliott Clarke, as well as a new afterword by the translator, questions for discussion, and recommended readings.

9780316401081Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Powers
Little, Brown and Co.
ISBN 9780316401081
$25.00

National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting captures the many moments that comprise a soldier’s life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers’s poetry strives to make sense of the war and its echoes through human experience.

Just as The Yellow Birds was hailed as the “first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war,” this collection will make its mark as a powerful, enduring work (Los Angeles Times).

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Brick Books
ISBN 9781926829883
$20.00

Award-winning poet Jane Munro draws on her well-honed talents to address what Eliot called “the gifts reserved for age.” A beloved partner’s crossing into Alzheimer’s is at the heart of this book, and his “battered blue Sonoma” is an evocation of numerous other crossings: between empirical reportage and meditative apprehension, dreaming and wakefulness, Eastern and Western poetic traditions. Rich in both pathos and sharp shards of insight, Munro’s wisdom here is deeply embedded, shot through with moments of wit and candour. In the tradition of Taoist poets like Wang Wei and Po-Chu-i, her sixth and best book opens a wide poetic space, and renders difficult conditions with the lightest of touches. Grey wood twisted tight within the framework of the tree – impossible to snap off, forged as it dries.And in me, parts I can’t imagine myself without – silvering. ~from “The live arbutus carries dead branches…”

Check our blog next week for more highlights!

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