Toddler 411 ($16.95; 9781889392387) is still going strong with a great review in Calgary's Child magazine!  These books are amazing gifts not only for new parents, but also for seasoned moms and dads who are interested in learning more about child development. 

David Ward, author of Between Two Ends ($19.95; 9780810997141), was in Toronto recently, attending ALOUD:  A Celebration for Young Readers at the Harbourfront Centre.  Ward read from his book, did a quick Q+A and signed books to the delight of many young fans. I attended the event and must say the spark he ignited in the room that afternoon was bright and infectious! The children hung on his every word which he spoke with a passion and excitement for reading and writing that was truly inspiring.  I was lucky enough to share a cab back to the airport with Ward after his event and we chatted about publishing, Toronto, and what is to become of books and the authors who write them.  As I pulled away from Terminal 3 after dropping Ward off I realized our conversation had left me with a lighter heart.   It is writers such as he and experiences such as these which remind me why I do what I do and love it so much.  David Ward believes in young imaginations, and champions the written (and typed) word.  Books, no matter the format will hail so long as individuals believe in their worth, and speak from the heart of their importance.  I truly encourage anyone who enjoys historical fiction to pick up this book - it is certainly worthy of your attention, and you'll want this one on your shelf (virtual or physical).

Diana Henry's beautiful cookbook Plenty ($34.99; 9781845335731) was mentioned in an article on slow roasting in the Times Colonist.  Diana was also intereviewed for a three page article in HELLO! Canada magazine which can be found on newstands now. 

Hilary Winston's My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me ($21.95; 9781402779794) was mentioned favourably in the National Post Ampersand Blog, and her interview with METRO was syndicated in the Calgary edition here this week.

Terence Conran has come out with two new books in his slight but beautiful ESSENTIAL series.  Children's Rooms ($24.00; 9781840915686) ran in the Toronto Star website last Saturday, and Color ($24.00; 9781840915730) will run in tomorrow's edition.

 Patti Smith 1969 - 1976 ($29.95; 9780810998322) was the inspiration for a style board on the FASHION magazine blog. Linn’s photographs of Smith focus on shifting influences and spotlight her profound relationships with various aritists. Linn has herein captured Smith like no one else, in the grainy atmosphere of a bygone New York.

Homemade Living: Home Dairy with Ashley English by Ashley English ($23.95; 9781600596278) was blogged about in the life section of the National Post website.  For Ashley's excellent root vegetable recipe from her equally informative sister title Keeping Bees With Ashley English check out our blog post on Foodlit.ca.

Sanjeev Kapoor's masterpiece How To Cook Indian ($35.95; 9781584799139) was the subject of a post on the popular food blog cookbooks 4 every kitchen.  Sanjeev's recent promotional trip to Toronto was a huge success, and his booksigning at Costco Canada will not be soon forgotten.  The man is as nice as his recipes are good, I assure you.

Mary McCartney's beautiful book of photography From Where I Stand ($42.00; 9780810996540) was written up in the style section of the Toronto Star. A brief photo gallery accompanied the piece and gave readers a brief glimpse of the talent they can expect from the other daughter. (what a family!)

Weber’s Time To Grill ($29.95; 9780376020604)was mentioned in the Toronto Sun (additional recipes to be excerpted this Saturday, and on occasion leading up to Father’s Day). A recipe from the book was also featured on Sweetspot, and the Urbanmoms blog who gave away a copy of the book as well.  Fire up your Q people, the images in this book are going to make your mouth water!

 At the age of forty-six, Jack Nicklaus was considered by some to be done as a championship golfer. Entering the 1986 Masters, most folks had written off the Golden Bear, but the winner of a record seventeen professional majors wasn’t done yet. After a slow start, Nicklaus got in the hunt during the weekend and played the final nine holes in a 6-under-par 30. He roared past a who’s who of top golfers that day to win his sixth Masters title—a record that still exists. Most experts agree that it was the most thrilling day of tournament golf ever played.  Intrigued? Check out the Globe and Mail for an excellent review, and better yet a copy of The 1986 Masters: How Jack Nicklaus Roared Back to Win ($27.50; 9780762777587) and relive for yourself the weekend that blew up the game of golf for sports fans around the globe.