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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 sectionof 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!

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.

Swipe Design Book Launch | TOD SEELIE: Bright Nights

On Friday, November 29th, Swipe Design | Books + Objects will host photographer Tod Seelie at their store for the launch of his new book BRIGHT NIGHTS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANOTHER NEW YORK (9783791348551) published by Prestel Publishing. Bright-Nights

“You've never seen New York this way before." --Slate

About the Book Tod Seelie loves New York, but not the version depicted in postcards. His city is an underground haven for people at society’s edges, people who come alive at night, who make music and art and noise and mess. This startlingly beautiful collection of images captures a gritty culture that belies the city’s glamorous persona. Here are punk bands and bike parties, abandoned spaces and skeezy clubs, junk-filled lots and sketchy streets. Interspersed throughout the book are texts from Seelie’s friends and fellow artists, along with an introduction by Jeff Stark, editor of the iconic alternative events e-mail list Nonsense NYC. The photographs in the book create a love poem to the city that not only doesn’t sleep—it cavorts around at 3:00 am looking for the next adventure.

Colorful, entertaining, and slightly shocking, this is the first book from Tod Seelie, a photographer whose images “elevate mere weirdness to a more striking realm of visual intrigue.” —New York Times

About the Author TOD SEELIE has taken pictures in more than 25 countries on five continents. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and appeared in publications including the New York Times, TIME, Rolling Stone, Spin, Thrasher, Vice, Der Spiegel and Juxtapoz. Seelie displays his work on multiple websites including Sucka Pants, which he has maintained for almost a decade.

For more event details visit Swipe's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events.

IAN RANKIN | Saints of the Shadow Bible

Whether you're a completely obsessed Ian Rankin worshiper, with an insatiable hunger for well-written thrillers, or a casual reader looking for an exciting new series, SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE (Orion/9781409144748) is the book for you. Full of gritty descriptions, incredible characters and a riveting plot, this book details the return of Rebus, who is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. It's a beautifully written book that is already getting great reviews in Canada and abroad: ‘…It’s those subtle little conversations, descriptions and humorous details that make Rankin the fine writer that he is….’ The Vancouver Sun

"Saints of the Shadow Bible is a clever, subtle read, but most of all, it's a genuine pleasure to see Rebus back in the CID." The Guardian

"One of the joys of Ian Rankin’s Rebus detective novels – apart from their intricate plotting and on-the-money descriptions of police procedures – is the soap opera: the complex interweaving of characters we have come to know and love, or, in some cases, to dislike or even hate, and sometimes love and hate together." The Globe and Mail

"Full of the author's dry humour and lovely depicted details of Scottish life, the book is a welcome reunion with an old friend." HELLO! CANADA

Photo and feature ran in the National Post, AFTERWORD READING SOCIETY  on November 12.  Q&A with Ian Rankin.

If you're really wild about Ian, come to one of his many events occurring across the country in the next couple of months. Visit http://www.ianrankin.net for more details.

Join Spero Lucas on his Latest Case in The Double

The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting--"The Double"--Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call.

Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it's a thief on the run--or a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

George Pelecanos came through town the other day on a publicity tour for his new novel The Double (9780316078399). Between TV and print interview appointments he found time to come by the Manda offices and talk to us about the book and what went into writing it.

Sitting around the table, one thing that we all agreed upon was how real this book feels. This is in part due to the fact that Pelecanos is a native of Washington DC, the same city that the book is set in. Gone are the typical descriptions of large ivory buildings gleaming in the sun, and plots about insider politics running rampant everywhere. In their place are descriptions of a Washington not often seen on TV, or read about in books; a different side of a city that readers might think they know. They get to see a Washington conveyed through and brought to life by Pelecanos' acute familiarity. They also see a different side of investigator Spero Lucas, a character that time and time again, they might think that they know. That it is difficult to guess what the P.I. is going to do next is definitely another reason why this book feels so real. Pelecanos is not dealing in cliches, and readers are treated to a real character moving through and working in a real city.

Perhaps this is why Stephen King has told Entertainment Weekly that Pelecanos is "Perhaps the greatest living American crime writer." It could also be the fact that Pelecanos doesn't milk his characters simply because he knows people will read them. If he has nowhere else to go with a character he retires them and moves on. In the case of Lucas, Pelecanos seems as interested in him as the reader is, and it certainly keeps things interesting. Lucas is not your typical hero, and this is not your typical crime novel. At times disturbing, at others erotic, and always exciting, this is one novel that will leave you wanting more. Hopefully Pelecanos doesn't tire of Lucas before we do!

If readers are interested in following Spero Lucas from the start, he first appears in George Pelecanos' The Cut.

"It's astonishing all the good stuff Pelecanos can pack into one unpretentious book: meaty substance, multiple story lines, vital characters, choice dialogue and all those descriptive details ... that make the story so rich." (New York Times).

"Pelecanos' work has antecedents in the books and films of Richard Stark (Donald Westlake), John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard and Don Siegel but also a spooky magic all his own - thanks to the utter believability he maintains."  (Wall Street Journal).

CLARA PARKES Talk & Book Signing at A GOOD READ | Abrams Books

On October 29th, 2013 join A GOOD READ as they host knitter extraordinaire Clara Parkes for a talk and book signing. A Good Read Yarn Whisperer Clara Parkes EventIn The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting (9781617690020 | Abrams Books), Parkes ponders the role knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things. Put simply, “No matter how perfect any one sweater may be, it’s only human to crave another. And another, and another.” Read more at: http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/The_Yarn_Whisperer-9781617690020.html.

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Praise for The Yarn Whisperer:

“In this charming series of linked essays, Parkes metaphorically puts the fast whorl on her wheel and spins something entirely new, showing that she’s not just a good writer but a great one. Funny, sweet, and trenchant and offered in twenty-two digestible bits, this book is not only the quintessential sampler afghan of knit lit, it is also the ‘It’ gift of the season. Buy a stack to stuff inside the handmade stockings of your knitting-circle friends.” —Vogue Knitting

“If you are a knitter, or even if you are not, read this book for the sheer joy of her writing, for the way she strings ideas together and brings you into her world . . . I would compare her to Mark Twain because of her dry humor. Honestly, she’s that good.” —New Jersey Courier News’ In Sticthes blog

“It is seriously the best book about knitting experiences ever. I absolutely LOVED it!” ­ —Sweetly Made

Malala Yousafzai's interview with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC RADIO’s The Current

Malala Yousafzai's exclusive Canadian interview with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC RADIO’s The Current, will air on The National tonight at 10 p.m. on CBC TV and 9 and 11 on CBC News Network. To watch a sneak peak visit: http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/10/09/i-am-malala-the-girl-who-stood-up-for-education-and-was-shot-by-the-taliban/.

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About the Book: When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

About the Author: Malala Yousafzai came to public attention at the age of eleven by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community.

In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education.

In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was the winner of Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was one of four runners-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards.

Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization investing in community-led programs and supporting education advocates around the world.

Format: Hardcover Book Price: $29.00 CAN ISBN-13: 9780316322409 On Sale Date: 10/08/2013 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Book Launch for Young Frank, Architect!

On Thursday, October 10th Swipe Design will host illustrator, designer, award-winning and bestselling children’s author Frank Viva at Urbanspace Gallery at 530pm. Please join them as they celebrate the release of YOUNG FRANK, ARCHITECT (9780870708930) published by Abrams Books and MoMA. Frank will read, draw and sign copies of his new book! Visit Swipe's Facebook page for more details.

Frank Book Launch

About the book

Young Frank is an aspiring architect. He lives with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect, and his spotted dog, Eddie. Using anything he finds—macaroni, pillows, toilet paper, shoes—Young Frank likes to make buildings that twist, chairs with zigzag legs, and even entire cities. But Old Frank disapproves, saying architects only create buildings. One day they go to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. There, they see work by two famous architects named Frank: Frank Gehry’s cardboard wiggly chair and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City project, among other things. Old Frank sees that architects can do more than he thought they could. Together, Old Frank and Young Frank go home and create structures of every shape and size, “tall ones, squat ones, tubular ones, and just plain weird ones,” using whatever they can get their hands on, even cookies! At the end of the day, Young Frank feels a little older, and Old Frank feels a little younger—and a little wiser.

Praise for Young Frank, Architect "Spontaneous play any budding architect can appreciate." --Publishers Weekly

HUK Fall Tour Dates | Janet E. Cameron, Ian Rankin, Alan Gibbons, CC Humphrey's, Christian Cameron, Sam Hawksmoor and Scott Lynch!

Here's a list of Hachette UK fall tour dates to mark in your calendar:

Cinnamon Toast

Janet E. Cameron - CINNAMON TOAST AND THE END OF THE WORLD (Little Brown/Hachette Ireland/9781444743968)

International Festival of Authors IFOA PARRY SOUND Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7:30 PM Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, In partnership with Parry Sound Books Reading: Participants - Janet E. Cameron, Lewis DeSoto, Nicole Lundrigan, and Alexander Maksik

ADVENTURES IN STORYTELLING: TOOLS OF TIME AND PLACE Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 11:00 AM Round table: IFOA York Quay Centre - Lakeside Terrace, Four fiction writers, Janet E. Cameron, Fiona Kidman, Mary-Rose MacColl and Alice McDermott, talk about their use of time and place in their narratives.

IFOA CREEMORE Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM Station on the Green In partnership with Curiosity House Books & Gallery Reading: Participants - Janet E. Cameron, Lewis DeSoto, Sam Lipsyte, and Nicole Lundrigan.

Caught in the CrossfireAlan Gibbons – CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE (Orion/9781842550960)

October 22 at 7:00 pm Livres Babar, ABQLA School & Youth Sections and Children's Literature Round Table of Montreal - Author talk/reading/signing

Sam Hawksmoor

Sam Hawksmoor – THE HUNTING and THE REPOSSESSION (Hachette Children’s/9780340997093/9780340997086)

October 24 at 7 pm Livres Babar, Montreal –Talk/reading/signing

 Shakespeare Rebel

C.C. Humphreys – SHAKESPEARE’S REBEL (Orion/9781409114901) and Christian Cameron – THE ILL-MADE KNIGHT (Orion/9781409142423)

Toronto Public Library’s ‘The eh List Author Series’ C.C. Humphreys Talk/Reading/Signing Tues. Oct. 29 at 12:30 pm Northern District Library, Toronto

C.C. Humphreys and Christian Cameron Talk/Reading/Signing Wed. Oct. 30 at 6:30 pm Before they read, the authors will demonstrate some of the sword-fighting skills that thrill in their novels. North York Central Library, Toronto

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Ian Rankin – SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE (Orion/9781409144748)

6-City Tour (email your sales rep for more details!) Monday, November 25 – Toronto - Indigo Manulife Centre – 7 pm Tuesday, November 26 – Saskatoon - McNally Robinson, Prairie Ink Restaurant -7:30 pm Wednesday, November 27 –Vancouver - Chapters Robson – 7 pm Thursday, November 28 – Victoria - Bolen Books – 7 pm Friday, November 29 –Winnipeg - McNally Robinson, Grant Park - 7 pm Saturday, November 30 – Ottawa - Mid-day and evening event with Ottawa International Writers Festival (details TBA)

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Scott Lynch - THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES (Orion/9780575084476)

December 14 at 1:00 pm Bakka Phoenix Books, Toronto – Talk/Reading/Signing

Donna Tartt Book Tour

Donna Tartt will be coming to Toronto on her book tour!

Monday, November 4 at 7:00 pm The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street Donna Tartt will be interviewed on-stage by Globe and Mail Books Editor Jared Bland Bookseller: Ben McNally Books For info and free tickets (available Oct 7) visit HERE

The Goldfinch

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt ISBN: 9780316055437 / Hardcover / $33 On-Sale Date: October 22, 2013 Published by Little, Brown and Company

 

Ian Rankin Canadian Pubicity Tour | SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE

Mark it in your calendar, Ian Rankin will do a 6-city Canadian publicity tour for SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE, November 25-30th.                                                                              Monday, November 25Saints of the Shadow Bible Toronto Indigo Manulife Centre 7 pm

Tuesday, November 26 Saskatoon McNally Robinson, Prairie Ink Restaurant 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 27 Vancouver Chapters Robson 7 pm

Thursday, November 28 Victoria Bolen Books 7 pm

Friday, November 29 Winnipeg McNally Robinson, Grant Park 7 pm

Saturday, November 30 Ottawa Mid-day and evening event with Ottawa International Writers Festival (details TBA)

Summary    

new_visual_150413Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus’s team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer is the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide? His colleagues back then called themselves ‘The Saints’, and swore a bond on something called ‘the Shadow Bible’. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer, especially with a referendum on Scottish independence just around the corner. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

Ian Rankin
Orion, HUK 9781409144748
$28.99
November 07, 2013