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OPEN MIC NIGHT FEATURING: IAIN S. THOMAS & TRISTA MATEER

Join poets Iain S. Thomas and Trista Mateer as they take the stage to read from from I Wrote This For You: 2007 – 2017 and Honeybee. Following their performances, local artists will be invited on-stage to share their own poetry.

Open Mic Guidelines:

  • Local artist sign-up sheet will be available in store starting at 9am on the day of the event
  • Each artist will have 2-3 minutes onstage
  • Each artist will be provided with a microphone and speakers; additional equipment is not recommended
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BAKKA PHOENIX BOOKS Holiday Party with Author Scott Lynch

indexOn Saturday, December 14th, Bakka Phoenix Books will host their annual holiday party at their bookstore on 84 Harbord Street in Toronto, ON. Special guest, Scott Lynch, author of the THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES (9780553804690), will be in attendance signing copies of his books and graciously answering questions about the Gentleman Bastards series. The party starts at 2:00pm. Expect tasty treats, and BIG holiday discounts!

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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.

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

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)

2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards

It's AUTUMN, which means the end of lazy afternoons sitting on a beach towel for six hours straight until your burnt, hungry and finally reached the end of THE SHINING GIRLS (there was no way you were going to put it down until you found out if Kirby finally confronts her would-be killer). It also marks the beginning of AWARDS SEASON and perhaps, more substantial reading goals. We've already posted a couple of nominations here, and here. Below you'll find a list of nominees for the 2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards. The Quebec Writers’ Federation highlights the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec and includes six $2,000 book prizes for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, First Book, Translation, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature. For more information visit: http://www.qwf.org/awards. The winners will be announced on November 19th, 2013! A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Ken Howe, The Civic-Mindedness of Trees - 9781894987721; $17.00, Trade Paperback (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers / UTP Distribution)

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Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction

Maximilian Forte, Slouching Towards Sirte - 9781926824529; $27.95, Trade Paperback (Baraka Books / Independent Publishers Group)

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Concordia University First Book Prize

Connie Guzzo-McParland, The Girls of Piazza d’Amore - 9781927535196; $13.95, Trade Paperback (Linda Leith Publishing / LitDistCo)

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Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Jocelyne Dubois, World of Glass - 9781927443316; $14.95, Trade Paperback (Quattro Books Inc. / LitDistCo)

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Cole Foundation Prize for Translation (French to English)

Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs - 9781550653397; $18.00, Trade Paperback (Véhicule Press / LitDistCo)

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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.

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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:

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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

BLACK BOND BOOKS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS

And to mark the occasion Cathy Jesson, BOOKMARKco-owner of Black Bond Books, commissioned the fabulous commemorative bookmark pictured here from one of her employees. Black Bond Books has 10 locations, 67 employees, and a loyal customer base all over the lower Mainland in B.C.

Kudos to graphic designer and Black Bond employee Jeremy Hannigan for the lovely artwork, and congratulations to Mel and Cathy and the Black Bond family!

Watch www.blackbondbooks.com for more contests and festivities throughout the Fall season.

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)

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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?

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Orion, HUK 9781409144748
$28.99
November 07, 2013

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: HARD LUCK | Cover Reveal & Book Tour!

It’s Hard Luck being a Wimpy Kid!

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: HARD LUCK

the 8th book in the #1 bestselling series by Jeff Kinney, on sale 11.5.13!

 

Promotions for Hard Luck begin today as an authorless nationwide Hard Luck Truck Tour rolls out. The first stop is a special cover reveal event at Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in New Jersey, to be followed by a 3 month, 50 city, 150 stop tour that includes stops in TORONTO, KINGSTON, BELLVILLE, & MONTREAL August 17-19th!

August 17th: Mabel's Fables & Type Books Toronto

August 18th: Chapters Belleville & Kingston

August 19th: Oink Oink, Livres Babar and Archambault books Montreal

At each stop, fans are treated to free photos and Wimpy Kid goodies, and they can preorder book 8 and purchase favorite backlist titles. Fans can see if the truck will be in their neighborhood by visiting wimpykid.com.

In Hard Luck, Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has abandoned him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes,

Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

Go to www.wimpykid.com/wimpykid8 to download Hard Luck wallpaper!

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“UNCOVER THE COLOUR” CAMPAIGN FOR NEXT BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING DIARY OF A WIMPY KID SERIES REVEALED | Abrams Books

Today is the launch of Abrams Books Diary of a Wimpy Kid Uncover the Colour Campaign! Visit wimpykid.com and shake Greg Heffley’s crystal ball to find out more about the cover, title and colour of book 8.

Wimpy Kid Uncover the Colour & Much More!The campaign will run until August 8, 2013, when the colour, title, and cover of the latest installment of Wimpy Kid will be revealed-online and at a live U.S. event (tba).

Cover Reveal for LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED | Abrams Books

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Let'sGetThisPartyStarted - Cake PopsEarlier this week Abrams Books revealed the cover for Soleil Moon Frye's new fall book, LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED (9781617690341 | $25.50). This gorgeous book is jam packed with colourful photos and features more than 15 parties you can throw for kids that are inexpensive, wildly inventive, and, most important, mind-blowing fun! Each party includes two crafts, one game, and one recipe—all of which can be assembled with the help of a mini. A few of our favourites from the book included the movie-on-the-lawn party, the ’80s party, and the rainbow party.

Soleil Moon Frye is widely known for playing the fun, enthusiastic and loveable "Punky" character on the ’80s TV show Punky Brewster. Nowadays, she is a regular contributor on NBC’s TODAY show, and a momtrepreneur who parlayed her successful kids’ clothing line into a partnership with Target. All in all, a pret-ty phenomenal lady.Outdoor Party

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED will be available in bookstores October 15th, 2013!

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Lets Get This Party StartedAuthors: By Soleil Moon Frye, photographs by Meeno Imprint:Stewart, Tabori & Chang ISBN: 1-61769-034-1 EAN:9781617690341 Availability:Prepublication Publishing Date: 10/15/2013 Trim Size: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Page Count:176 Cover: Paperback with flaps Illustrations: 250 color illustrations

Manda News Update | Cinnamon Toast and The End of the World Rave Review, DAVID AND GOLIATH Cover Reveal & Smashing China with Ann Shin

cinnamonIt's already JUNE, and we have so much to tell you. First off, Janet E. Cameron's incredible Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World (9781444743968) finally released in May (5/5/2013 to be exact). You can read an excerpt hereThe book is getting RAVE reviews across the country and on goodreads.com. The Globe and Mail called it, "a good summer read because a juicy coming-of-age story, especially one with a twist, fits well into a beach bag." They also wrote, "Cameron’s portrayal of 17-year-old Stephen Shulevitz is astonishingly good. There’s an alchemy here that not every writer who takes on a character so different from herself can achieve. She captures it all..." Click here to read the rest of the article and, if you want more of Cameron's writing, follow her twitter feed @ASimpleJan.

Father's Day is this weekend so we will be posting book and gift suggestions on our Facebook and twitter feed. Don't miss it! We'll have suggestions for the handyman Dad, the-I-don't-mess-around-in-the-garden Dad, the grill-master Dad, the super-sporty Dad and every Dad in between.

A couple of weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal revealed the cover for Malcolm Gladwell’s highly anticipated DAVID AND GOLIATH (9780316204361).

David and Goliath It's been 5 years since Outliers was published.  As you can imagine, we have been eagerly anticipating this book along with a million other readers!

Here's the synopsis from Hachette Book Group:

In DAVID AND GOLIATH, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms-all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle? Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business, and politics, DAVID AND GOLIATH is a beautifully written book about the mighty leverage of the unconventional.

Read more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/malcolm-gladwell/david-and-goliath/9780316204361/#desc.

Elsewhere, Ann Shin, the lovely, award-winning filmmaker and author of the book of poetry Family China (9781926829807 | Brick Books), is on tour. Leah McLaren of The Globe and Mail wrote, "Shin’s book, which she described in a recent interview as a collection of poems about “family, connections and destruction,” is an evocative, impressionistic collection, full of objects, images, scents and sounds from her early childhood on a five-acre farm in Langley, B.C." FamilyFor the book launch book, Ann smashed her family china at the Soho House and invited spectators to smash their own personal objects.  She told The Globe and Mail, "“It’s about breaking out of the confining narrative of our lives.”  Wish we had been there!

That's it for now. Follow us on twitter @MandaGroup and on Facebook for author updates, book trailers, and much more!

Atlantic Book Awards Winners Announced | LPG & IPG

Atlantic Award The Atlantic Book Awards have an East Coast perspective and a Nova Scotia address (this year they were hosted in Dartmouth), but make no mistake: they are an important awards show, and their impact is felt across the country.

On a cool Thursday night last month, CBC Radio’s Louise Renault hosted the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards at the Alderney Gate Theatre. Editors, writers, artists, poets and book enthusiasts came together to sip cocktails, mingle with the literati and celebrate the literary achievements of Atlantic Canada.

Dirty Bird (9781926639529) by Keir Lowther, published by Tightrope Books, won Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and In the Field (9781550813913), by Joan Sullivan, published by Breakwater, won the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction (part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards).  The winners are decided by a panel of judges.

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viewpic2.phpThe Margaret and John Savage First Book Award recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer.  The Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction (part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards) carries the distinguished patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is a registered non-profit organization with the mandate “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.”

For more information please visit: http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca.

Tom Angleberger in Toronto! | Abrams Books

Bestselling author Tom Angleberger, will be in Toronto tonight (May 16th) to promote his new book Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling! Join him at Chapters on The Queensway at 7pm for an interactive origami session themed around his new book. Event: Chapters on the Queensway May 16th 7-8pm

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Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling An Origami Yoda Activity Book Author: By Tom Angleberger Imprint: Amulet Books ISBN: 1-4197-0534-2 EAN: 9781419705342

About the book Stick figures to the dark side only lead! To doodle like a Jedi you must learn! With this companion to the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, beloved author Tom Angleberger—with the help of the kids from McQuarrie Middle School—presents young Padawans with dozens of activities from the Star Wars universe. Padawans can learn how to fold R2-D2 and C-3PO, draw Jabba, and even build a fully functioning ChapStick rocket! Other Force-mastering activities include: “Kellen’s Guide to Cool Letters,” “Mike’s Complete Rules and Tips for Pencil Pod-Racing,” “Rhondella’s Tips for Photographing Origami,” and much more!

With Tom Angleberger’s goofy sense of humor and accessible art style, Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling is sure to satisfy and inspire the millions of Origami Yoda and Star Wars fans. May the doodles be with you!

Includes 16-page color insert with 10 pages of colored pull-out origami paper; instructions to make Yoda, Darth, C-3PO, Admiral Ackbar, and R2-D2; a section on photographing your origami creations, and two Star Wars backdrops to photograph them against.

Praise for Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling "Once again, Angleberger’s humor, which presents itself in the text through characters from the series, in both human and origami form, connects with middle-grade readers. 'Art2' and the other 'Origami Yoda' books are the ultimate example of the by-a-fan/for-the-fans format, which succeeds if executed properly. This did he.” —Florida Times-Union"Excellent activity-book offshoot of Angleberger’s bestselling Origami Yoda series… The banter and tongue-and-cheek humor of the previous books is present, along with encouragement." —Publishers Weekly"The presentation’s offbeat attitude, ingenuity, and wit, many libraries will want to stock this high interest book..." —Booklist

About the author Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of the Origami Yoda series, including The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back, and The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee. Visit him online at OrigamiYoda.com. He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, the author-illustrator Cece Bell.

Louise Penny Walking Tour | HUK Canada

We've been tardy at posting lately, readers! Our apologies. It's been a whirlwind week here at the Canadian Manda Group headquarters. We have just finished part one of our bi-annual sales conference and it was INCREDIBLE. There are so many fantastic titles releasing in the next couple of months that it would literally take days to gush about them all. But don't fret; we will be blogging about new fall releases in the coming weeks! For now, we wanted to let you know about an amazing walking tour taking place in Quebec City, QC for the best-selling mystery novel BURY YOUR DEAD (9780751547504) by Louise Penny. This two-hour walking tour follows the trail of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he investigates the murder of a local amateur archeologist, whose body was found in the cellar of the Québec Literary and Historical Society.

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The Bury Your Dead Tour starts in June at the Quebec Tourist Information Centre (12, Sainte-Anne Street). It stops at the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Literary and Historical Society (Morrin Centre) and the Petit Coin Latin restaurant where participants enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of sugar pie. It then goes to the Jeanne d'Arc Garden through the Plains of Abraham, ending at the Montcalm monument, on Grande Allée Street.

Louise Penny Walking Tour

Listen to Louise on CBC Radio as she talks about the tour based on her mystery hero. Tour guide Marie Legroulx joins in: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Quebec/Radio+Noon+Montreal/ID/2379674063/. 

For more details visit website: http://www.toursvoirquebec.com/en/old-quebec-tours/bury-your-dead.