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Bookstore Highlight - The Royal Museum Shop in Victoria, BC @RoyalBCMuseum #museum #shop

The Royal Museum Shop, located within the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, BC, offers an eclectic selection of finely curated gifts, books, jewelry, toys, and art. The store and the museum are both a must-visit if you're in the area. 

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, in its 53rd year organized by the Natural History Museum in London, just recently finished, but there's still plenty to see. Founded in 1886, the museum has collected and preserved the province’s most significant artifacts and specimens for visitors to explore. 

For more information visit http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca, and be sure to pick up of your copy of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 27 (978-0565094157). Photos below!

 

675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2
Phone: 250-356-0505
Email: shop@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

PAGING: EVAN MUNDAY | Type Books Window Display

Type Books Halloween Window If you live in Toronto, every four to six weeks your savviest book friend will likely drag you to Queen West indie retailer Type Books to view the store’s magical, strange, inventive and whimsical window, which has featured papier mâché floating bunny heads, a three-dimensional Toronto alley, boomboxes from 1985, handcrafted balloons, giant pom-poms, and everything in between to draw your attention to their incredible selection of books. And, turns out, Kalpna Patel, the clever designer behind Type’s highly touted window, has only been at it for a year, which is saying quite a bit about her skills.

For her latest spectacular creation, Kalpna has collaborated with author and cartoonist EVAN MUNDAY to celebrate the release of his new book DIAL M FOR MORNA (9781770410732), published by ECW Press (check out THE GRID's photo gallery of Kalpna creating the display).  The spooky Halloween themed window (above) features Munday’s exquisite hand-drawn portraits of Type Book's staff that will surely delight passerby and loyal customers for the next few weeks. Interested in getting your own portrait? This weekend you can meet Munday at Type - he'll be painting Goth faces on people in the window on Saturday, October 26th  from 12-5pm and Sunday, October 27th from 12-4pm. Expect to be thrilled.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

October Schwartz and her five deadest friends are back. The holiday season has descended upon the town of Sticksville like an eggnog rainstorm, but October has no time for candy canes or mistletoe. She’s busy dealing with an oddly pleasant new history teacher, her living friends’ new roles as high-school radio DJs, and two (!) new mysteries that need solving before the new year. October and her ghost friends are hot on the trail of the person (or persons) responsible for Morna MacIsaac’s death in 1914 — or as hot as one can be on a 100-year-old trail — when

October’s friend Yumi finds herself the target of anti-Asian harassment at school. Solving two mysteries at once won’t be easy, but our intrepid heroine in black eyeliner loves a challenge.

Follow October, Cyril, Tabetha, Morna, Kirby, and Derek as they sleuth their way through a blizzard of suffragettes, iceskating disasters, mystical telephones, and boats named Titanic, all set against a backdrop of yuletide pandemonium.

Read more at http://www.ecwpress.com/dialm

DIAL M FOR MORNA By Evan Munday 9781770410732 $11.95 Independent Publishers Group (ECW Press)

Spectacular Wineries of Ontario | Independent Publishers Group

Between the Lines Winery

Toronto Star "Spectacular Wineries of Ontario is a fabulous visual voyage through Ontario's wineries."

Stratus Vineyards

One of our favourite activities during the summer is to spend leisurely days touring wineries.  Typically, we wake up early to devour a big breakfast of wild blackberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and black coffee and then jump into our cars (the designated driver pulls the short straw) and cruise down mostly abandoned county roads to vineyards tucked away into the landscape.   It’s hard to beat a day of sipping wine, while strolling through vineyards and soaking in the warm summer rays.

Spectacular Wineries of Ontario

This year we’ll be exploring Ontario wineries and IPG’s, Spectacular Wineries of Ontario, is the perfect companion book to bring on our weekend trips to Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Peninsula, Pelee Island, and Prince Edward County. A guided visual tour through some of Canada’s best vineyards, this book is filled with beautiful, colour photographs and detailed commentary on more than 60 fabulous wineries and vineyards.

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Written by Panache Partners, LLC,  which is a publishing company that specializes in lustrous coffee-table books, and Toronto author John Szabo, who is the first Canadian qualified at the Master level by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Spectacular Wineries of Ontario is a beautiful, informative guide book for locals, tourists, wine lovers, and wine newcomers.

Spectacular Wineries of 9780983239864Ontario: A Captivating Tour of Established, Estate and Boutique Wineries

 

 

 

 

100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

9781600787744The Blue Jays season starts next Tuesday (April 2nd!) which means 180 days, 26 weeks and 6 months of baseball, cold beers, giant hotdogs, hearsay, bombshells and victories.  Steve Clarke’s new book, the recently released 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (IPG), is the perfect companion for any Blue Jays fan eager to know more about Canada’s sole major league baseball team. It is an enthralling, entertaining, informative assemblage of the hidden, unknown, and odd facts, traditions and achievements of the Toronto Blue Jays.  Clarke offers even the most die-hard fans - fans that describe the moment Joe Carter hit his walk-off homer to win the 1993 World Series like they are Joe Carter – facts, and events that they surely didn’t know. He covers the collapse of 1987; manager Jimy Williams’ baffling in-game adjustments; Pat Gillick’s deft trades; the American League East titles in 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1993 and the opening of the SkyDome. He ranks every essential piece of Blue Jays knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist. 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource for fans that enjoy being able to reel off sport facts and trivia like any seasoned colour commentator. Globe

Go Jays!

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100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (IPG)

By Steve Clarke $14.95 retail Paperback: 272 pp 978-1600787744

Atlantic Book Award Nominees

Atlantic AwardWe are thrilled to announce that we have SEVEN authors shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award!

Tightrope author Keir Lowther, The Porcupine's Quill author Nicole Dixon and Breakwater Books author Lesleyanne Ryan have been shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. This award, presented for the first time in 2003 with a value of $1,500, recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer.

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DirtyBirdCropRGB1-197x300Dirty Bird By Keir Lowther 9781926639529 Publisher: Tightrope Books

CBC Literary Award finalist Keir Lowther makes his debut with a novel that revolves around loved ones dead and alive, family or otherwise that haunts the modern psyche of one young boy, trapped in the grotesque world that surrounds him. Written in a creepy, deadpan, dark spiritual tone that will light a powder keg in the lukewarm waters of Canadian fiction. Dirty Bird is a family dystopia saga of anxiety and misplaced love, carved out in the spirit of spooky tradition of writers such as Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau and Lisa Foad.

hwm-finalHigh-Water Mark By Nicole Dixon 9780889843561 Publisher:  The Porcupine’s Quill

High-Water Mark is Bronwen Wallace Award–winner Nicole Dixon’s smart and sexy debut. These ten tightly written stories, touched with humour, focus on characters pursuing romantic and professional desires, and encountering and recovering from betrayal and heartbreak. A young woman and her partner discover that both going back to the land and raising a newborn are more difficult – and fraught with more unexpected dangers – than life in the city. A woman becomes sexually obsessed with a female friend after a six-year relationship ends. The east/west Toronto divide is just one conflict that arises among the three members of an all-female band. As the women in High-Water Mark run away and return, try love and sex, move from city to country, they are always challenged and changed. Dixon’s perceptive, witty, no-nonsense collection authentically captures the voices of women in a way rarely found in mainstream fiction.

Bracoviewpic2.php By Lesleyanne Ryan 9781550813340 Publisher: Breakwater Book

Winner of the 2011 Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, Lesleyanne Ryan’s debut novel, Braco, takes place over the five days following the fall of Srebrenica in 1995. The narrative follows the perspectives of Bosnian civilians, UN Peacekeepers, Serbian and Bosnian soldiers, as well as a Canadian photojournalist. A retired veteran and former Bosnian Peacekeeper, Ryan vividly captures the visceral tension and horror of Bosnian refugees fleeing Srebrenica, the ensuing massacre of Bosnian men, and the inability of the Dutch peacekeepers to protect them. The award judges acclaimed the debut novel as a “compelling, captivating, and fast-paced novel, from its vivid and intriguing prologue set in Srebrenica to an ending that fits, if not satisfies.”

 

Creative Book Publishing author Mike Heffernan and Breakwater Books author Joan Sullivan have been shortlisted for the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction and ECW Press author George Murray and Vehicule Press author Mark Callanan have been shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award.  These two awards are a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards which carry the distinguished patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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The Other Side of Midnight: Taxicab Stories By Mike Heffernan 9781897174968 Publisher: Creative Book Publishing

The first St. John’s taxi stand started up in the early-20th Century and greatly expanded prior to the Second World War. There are now almost four hundred taxis operating within the city limits. The Other Side of Midnight: Taxi Cab Stories is not a traditional history of taxi cabs in St. John’s. It describes the commonly shared experiences of an underwritten portion of Newfoundland’s working class while presenting St. John’s from the front seat of a taxi cab. It will explore the working lives of its subjects, as well as their thoughts and feelings about their choice of career and their clients. Every segment of our society utilizes their services, from the social elite to the social obsolete: businessmen, drug pushers, prostitutes and forlorn lovers. They are witnesses to the best and worst in all of us. They are trained listeners to troubled people, as well as cheerleaders and goodwill ambassadors. Individuals will emerge, as well as equally unique understandings of their working lives. Comical, absurd and often dramatic, many of their reminiscences will be of long hours and years on the job, their hopes and decayed dreams.

In the Fieviewpic2.phpld By Joan Sullivan 9781550813913 Publisher: Breakwater Books

Freelance writer and playwright Joan Sullivan’s book In the Field is a work of non-fiction that tells the story of one young Newfoundlander soldier, Stephen Norris, lost in WWI, and how his death affected his family, his community, and, decades later, an entirely new generation. In 2004, a high school theatre class creates a musical about the Newfoundland Regiment. After pulling off a big production, teachers, students, and parents venture out on an overnight camping trip to Three Arm, where they find the remains of Stephen Norris’s boat. In the Field captures the haunting and profound experiences of adventure and homecoming.

Whiteout9781770410879 By George Murray 9781770410879 Publisher: ECW Press

Poetry that explores how accidental voyeurism can force reconsideration and reconciliation. White⋅out: n. a surface condition … in which no object casts a shadow, the horizon cannot be seen, and only dark objects are discernible … Whiteout: when the heavy weather of daily life establishes the measure of the measureless; when the predatory nature of the accidental conjures cowboys and the comatose; when the sickly sweet pop of life underfoot contrasts the televised image, shrinking to a pinprick. Whiteout: calques and towers, twin polar storms, falling, burning. Whiteout: “a book of white nothing.”  George Murray’s sixth collection has been a decade in the making. At once taut, tender and terrifying, haunted and haunting, Whiteout shatters convention in the collision of order and rage, formlessness and hard-won serenity.

Gift Horse483 By Mark Callanan 9781550653229 Publisher: Vehicule Press

Gift Horse, Mark Callanan’s second full-length collection of poetry, was largely written following a near-fatal medical emergency in 2007. The poems offer up the story of a young man whose gratitude at being alive is undercut by Lazarus-like confusion and ambivalence. Brandishing a newly acute sense of mortality, Callanan emerges as an Atlantic flâneur stalked by terrifying sea legends, death-steeped domesticity (where even supermarket lobsters “weigh in against oblivion”) and the extinct Newfoundland Wolf. Understated, sinister and unsettling, Gift Horse is a work of considerable craft and vision.

The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 and the awards will be announced at a special ceremony on the last night of Festival, Thursday, May 16, at 7:00p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For more details visit the Atlantic Book Awards website:  http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca/.

Congratulations to all of our nominees!!!

A Wild Stab For It: This is Game Eight From Russia

Not often enough does a book strike a chord like this did for me.  It is a fascinating and detailed rememberance of the final game in the 1972 Canada vs. Russia summit series, as well as a consideration of the entire series.  For the hockey fan, it is riveting and nostalgic, but what this book does beautifully is take that simple sporting event and contextualize it's significance to what it meant to Canada at the time and how it has played a role in shaping some piece of our cultural identidy. Bidini reminds us that this series served in part as a lens that allows for us Canadians to look back onto ourselves from a much broader perspective and envisioning some form of our larger cultural and politicial identidy beyond what we knew of ourselves relative to the USA.  It is a moment in time for Canadians, but Bidini also reminds us that it was a huge moment for Russians as well.  It was a window into the little known country Canada, and an alternative look into the West.  Of course, it was also a point in time when the entire planet was acutely aware of the Cold War and that overshaows all of the the drama and emotion that gets played out on the ice, but also in households, schools, offices and hockey rinks all across our nation.

This is a gem of a book and I simply can't imagine a better read for a proud Canadian, especially the proud Canadian hockey fan.

Published by ECW Press.  9781770411180.  $19.95.  Hardcover, with awesome colour photos throughout.