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NEW RELEASES

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Toronto, from its humble beginning as Muddy York, has emerged as an exemplary, world-class city. As the 4th largest urban area in North America, it is a treasure trove of obscure, trend-setting Canadian places. Ranked as one of the world's leading places to live, it represents home to almost 20% of Canada's population. Toronto has become the nation's capital of business, culture, sports and entertainment. A place where you can take in the best of all sports, especially hockey, live music, art, and an award-winning culinary scene, all in a weekend. The city's strength and roots come from its diverse population. Toronto takes from its indigenous and British past, a welcoming and collaborative twist on this dynamic multicultural city.

Toronto has been described as a city within a green space. Hike inner city trails along the many ravines. Ride in a canoe or skate along the water's edges. Take the longest streetcar ride in North America through flourishing neighborhoods, full of hidden gems to discover. Find the small artisanal ice creameries, wander the graffiti alleys, or make music at a karaoke cocktail lounge. Explore the allure of the 6ix, with 111 Places in Toronto That You Must Not Miss.

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Many of his photographs are chronicled in the new book, aptly titled Dylan by Schatzberg, which features a treasure trove of both famed and rare images of the icon.
— Billboard
Jerry Schatzberg shot everybody who was anybody in the ’60s, from Hendrix to Castro, and went on to make great movies. But his photographs of Dylan are in a class by themselves.
— The Daily Beast

In 1965, photographer Jerry Schatzberg, already well-established in the field due to his fashion and portrait photography for various publications, such as Vogue, Esquire and Life, listened to Bob Dylan for the first time. He had been hearing about the singer for close to three years; two friends were especially dogged and would ask him every time they spoke if he had heard the music yet. Finally, feeling obligated to them for their persistency, he listened and understood immediately why Dylan was inspiring such passionate excitement. Shortly thereafter, Schatzberg was photographing a job in his studio and had some fortuitous company. Famed music journalist Al Aronowitz and disc jockey Scott Ross were discussing Dylan and a recent performance they had seen of his. Half listening to their conversation, he volunteered that he'd like to photograph the singer if given the chance. Dylan's new wife (one of the friends mentioned above) called the following day and gave him an open invitation to the studio where he was currently recording 'Highway 61 Revisited'. Excited and curious, Schatzberg set off the very next day for the studio, exactly six days after the seminal Newport Folk Festival set where Dylan went electric and was collectively booed. Schatzberg received a warm welcome from the singer, who immediately sat him down to listen to what he had been recording that day. Dylan gave him free rein of the studio once he started shooting and the images that emerged from that day make obvious the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that was already brewing between photographer and subject. Considering Dylan's almost-universal dislike of journalists (and by extension photographers), this was a completely unprecedented situation, one that Schatzberg took seriously.

That almost-instant trust and rapport quickly grew into a friendship and they are part of the reason Schatzberg's sittings with Dylan work so successfully and are so important. Dylan is relaxed, he's funny, he takes the props that the photographer gives him and has fun with them - he's obviously not taking himself too seriously. Working and socializing together, Schatzberg would eventually do nine more photo shoots with Dylan from 1965-6, arguably the singer's most creative period, and capture the (now) Nobel laureate during one of the most pivotal moments in music history. Part of their uniqueness is their basic broad range of intimate and public locations: music and photography studios, live performances and street portraits. But more than that, each session (including the one for possibly his greatest album, 'Blonde on Blonde') says something different about Dylan, the man and the musician, and manages to perfectly capture the many facets of one of the most unique, complex and mysterious individuals of all time.

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Terry O'Neill is one of the greatest living photographers today, with work displayed and exhibited at first-class museums and fine-art galleries worldwide. His iconic images of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Brigitte Bardot, Faye Dunaway, and David Bowie - to name but a few - are instantly recognisable across the globe. Now, for the first time, O'Neill selects a range of images from his extensive archive of "vintage prints", which will surprise and delight collectors and photography lovers alike.

Long before the age of digital, photographers would send physical prints to the papers and magazines. These prints were passed around, handled by many, stamped on the back, and often times captioned. After use, the prints were either filed away, thrown out or - for the lucky few - sent back to the photographer or their photo agencies.

At the dawn of the 1960s, when O'Neill's career began, physical prints were the norm. Terry kept as many as he could that were sent back to him. "I just kept everything," he says. "I don't know why. Back then, there wasn't really a reason to keep them. Photos were used straight away and then I just moved on to the next assignment. No one was thinking these would be worth anything down the line, let alone fifty years later."

This book collects hundreds of these rare images, a true must for Terry's fans and photography collectors.

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There are no rules, and even less justice. Death takes everyone without discrimination. Sometimes it is accidental - like Signorelli, who fell from scaffolding. Sometimes it is expected, as with the diabetic Cezanne, who wrote "I am old, sick, and I swore to die while painting". But often, researching a painter's death is an easier task than determining which of their works is truly their 'last'. Paintings tend to be dated by year and not month, inciting much debate among art historians. This book embraces this ambiguity, studying 100 examples of works that lay completed for several years, or were left unfinished on the easel, or were finished post-mortem by a friend's grieving hand.

The Last Painting collects 100 terminal paintings from 100 artists, including Dalí, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Goya, Pollock, Rembrandt, Dix, Bonnard, Titien, and many more. Each picture gives us a glimpse into the painter's mind. Did they know death was coming? Did they paint with denial, or acceptance? Did they return to a favourite subject, or decide to embark on a new, original project while they still had time? A poetic and thought-provoking book, The Last Painting is a sensitive exploration of the relationship between art and death.

COMING SOON

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On the morning of Thursday, September 12, 1963, noted fashion photographer Norman Parkinson was to photograph a young pop group from Liverpool. Earlier that year, the band had exploded onto the scene - releasing the first of eleven (out of twelve) studio albums that would reach number one on the charts. That band was The Beatles. The album had been 'Please Please Me', it was still number one and it would stay at number one for thirty weeks. Parkinson, already established as Britain's most famous photographer, had a date with its new greatest band.

Revealing, insightful and funny this collection of photos captures The Beatles near the start of their spectacular career. Their creativity is plain to see in these photos which have become some of the most important in the extensive Beatles catalogue.

Now, ACC Editions, in collaboration with The Norman Parkinson Archive and Iconic Images, presents this historic meeting between a new music group and one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Covering nearly 30 rolls of film, these images of The Beatles at the President Hotel in Bloomsbury and famed Abbey Road Studios, offer a rare insight of the making of an iconic band.

BACKLIST HIGHLIGHT

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In the middle of the twentieth century, Pierre Desfontaines, cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, created the first Ladurée macaron by having the genius to stick two macaron cookies together and fill them with a flavorful ganache. Ever since then, the preparation has stayed the same. Each season Ladurée celebrates this little round cake that's crispy outside and soft inside, a perfect balance of aromas and textures, by creating new flavors. Each year the palette of flavors and colors grows, from the classic chocolate or raspberry to festive macarons, exotic flavours for certain destinations, fashion designers, perfumes etc.

This book presents, for the first time, each of the eighty Ladurée macarons, their aromas, inspirations, trend books and of course all of the recipes to make them at home.At the end of the book there is a practical, step-by-step section to show exactly how Ladurée's chefs make the cookies and the ganache fillings so you can be sure to succeed in making them too.

Contents: Introduction: A little history of the macaron; 80 Macarons: flavour by flavour, a trend book, inspirations and recipes for each; 1. Classic macarons (vanilla, café, chocolate, lemon etc); 2. Nomad macarons (created for specific destinations); 3. Festive macarons (Christmas, Easter etc); 4. Precious macarons (gold, silver, copper etc); 5. Incredible macarons (violet, lemon-lime etc); 6. Designer's macarons (berry for Christian Lacroix, fig-date for Christian Louboutin, rose-ginger for John Galliano, bubble-gum for Alber Elbaz etc); Step-by-step photographs and instructions for making the biscuits and ganache fillings at home.

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WIMPY KID BOOK 10 COVER & TITLE REVEAL

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ISBN: 978-1-4197-1701-7 Hardcover Published: November 2015

 Book Synopsis:

In the latest installment of the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, author-illustrator Jeff Kinney brings the series back to its roots, as Greg starts a new school year and faces a challenge he never could've imagined.

For more information please visit: http://www.wimpykid.com

2015 Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenaway Medal | SHORT LIST


The following Manda client publisher titles are now on the short lists for the 2015 Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway (illustration) medal: 

Carnegie Medal

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Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion, 9781780621494, HC, $15.99, available)

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (Abrams, 9781419714801, HC, $19.95, May 2015)

Kate Greenaway Medal

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Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion, 9781780621494, HC, $15.99, available)

NEW IAN RANKIN BOOK - EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD

Even Dogs In The Wild

The Orion Publishing Group has announced the welcome return ofJohn Rebus in Ian Rankin’s new novel EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD. It is the twentieth book in the Rebus series and will be published in autumn 2015.

The series, which began in 1987, is one of crime fiction’s bestselling and most critically acclaimed collections. The first book KNOTS AND CROSSES is now in its fiftieth printing, a magnificent achievement and testament to the enduring appeal of Rebus and Rankin who have been topping the bestseller lists for nearly twenty years.

For more details visit http://www.ianrankin.net!

Congratulations to the following authors and illustrators nominated for 2015 Forest of Reading Awards!

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The Blue Spruce Award Young Frank, Architect Frank VivaAbrams Hardcover: 978087070893

Young Frank, Architect, MoMA’s first storybook for kids ages three to eight, follows the adventures of Young Frank, a resourceful young architect who lives in New York City with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect. Young Frank sees creative possibilities everywhere, and likes to use anything he can get his hands on—macaroni, old boxes, spoons, and sometimes even his dog, Eddie—to creates things like chairs out of toilet paper rolls and twisting skyscrapers made up of his grandfather’s books. But Old Frank is skeptical; he doesn’t think that’s how REAL architects make things. One day, donning matching bow ties, straw boater hats, and Le Corbusier-inspired glasses, they visit The Museum of Modern Art, where they see the work of renowned architects like Frank Gehryand Frank Lloyd Wright. And they learn that real architects do in fact create wiggly chairs, twisty towers, and even entire cities. Inspired by what they see, Young Frank and Old Frank return home to build structures of every shape and size: “tall ones, fat ones, round ones, and one made from chocolate chip cookies.”

The Silver Birch Fiction Award Dial “M” for Morna (The Dead Kid Detective Agency) Evan Munday ECW Press Paperback: 9781770410732

 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.

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The Red Maple Non-Fiction Award We Are Canada Rikia Saddy & Cameron McLellan Simply Read (Ingram Publisher Services) Hardcover: 9781927018200 Paperback: 9781927018309

This is a story of Canada unlike any you’ve heard before.  Illustrated and evocative, it conjures up a new understanding of who we are and what we’ve built, together. We Are Canada tackles tough questions about Canadian identity, underpinned by the simple idea that we are one.

CANADIAN MANDA GROUP IS MOVING!

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We are thrilled to announce that the Manda offices will be relocating to a new location as of Tuesday September 2nd, 2014. Our new address will be located at 664 Annette Street in Toronto, Ontario! Over the past few months, President Nick Smith and Vice President Carey Low have been hard at work turning this former beauty salon into a sleek office space.

Since our founding in 1977, Manda Group has grown to become a major supplier of book and related products in Canada.  We look forward to continuing to grow our business in the new location.

For full contact details please read the following:

NEW ADDRESS:

CANADIAN MANDA GROUP 664 Annette Street Toronto, Ontario M6S 2C8 CANADA

Phone remains: 416-516-0911

Fax remains: 416-516-0917 (Toll Free: 1-888-563-8327)

Website: www.mandagroup.com

POETRY MONTH! Weekly Picks

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This week, bpNichol's poetic legacy, Japanese forms, Earle Birney's essential readings and poetry for kids! Theseus by bpNichol, THESEUS is an important text that adds considerable gravitas to Nichol's poetic legacy, and the unique partnership between the two authors allows Nichol's words to be extended beyond the grave. "bpNichol was, and still is, the essential poet for so many of us." – Michael Ondaatje

BookThug ISBN 9781771660365 $15.00

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Shouting Your Name Down A Well by David McFadden, explores the Japanese forms of haiku and tankas. This is the first full-length collection of his work in those forms. The 400 or so poems in this collection create a mesmerizing overview of his life and his philosophy.

Mansfield Press ISBN 9781771260411 $20.00

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The Essential Earle Birney by Earle Birney, presents a wide-ranging selection of the celebrated Canadian poet's most memorable verse.

The Porcupine's Quill ISBN 9780889843738 $14.95

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Signs of Subversive Innocents by Cora Sire, travels the depth of human experience from the celebratory to the delusional. This debut collection by Cora Sir tells of characters and realms, both distant and familiar, with vibrant intensity and lyricism.

Signature Editions ISBN 9781927426388 $14.95

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Everyone is CO2 by David James Brock, debut poetry collection from the internationally acclaimed librettist and playwright. His subject matter is wide ranging, addressing the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh.

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. ISBN 9781894987837 $18.00

FOR THE KIDS...

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Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera, Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future. "Well-constructed, thought-provoking and appealing, this first effort bodes well for the author’s future."-Kirkus Reviews

Abrams Books ISBN 9781419710391 $18.95

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Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes over 25 poems, including “Mending Wall,” “Birches” and, of course, “The Road Not Taken.” Henri Sorensen's gorgeous images perfectly complement each verse.

Sterling Publishing ISBN 9781454902881 $15.95

POETRY MONTH | New Books

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This week, Vehicule Press' fantastic Global Poetry Anthology, a poem about a Mennonite community, and very funny erotic poems about Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep. Global Poetry Anthology: 2013, featuring finalists for the Montreal International Poetry Prize—the world’s first $20,000 prize for one poem—this anthology is a one-of-a-kind collection of contemporary, previously unpublished poems gathered from all corners of the English-speaking world. Vehicule Press ISBN 9781550653670 $18.00

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Ordinary Hours by Karen Enns, In Ordinary Hours, the follow-up to Karen Enns’ Gerald Lampert Award-nominated first collection, That Other Beauty, we revisit Enns’ rural Mennonite childhood, replete with the sensuousness of “diesel fuel” and “hot peaches.” Brick Books ISBN 9781926829906 $20.00

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Failure to Thrive by Suzannah Showler, Hip and cerebral, this witty collection is as quick to make fun of itself as it is to turn its humour outward, where false historians have free rein, answers come in the form of questions, and the apocalypse seems like a good time to knit a sweater. Suzannah Showler’s debut shows us how a failing world can be the site of aesthetic renewal rather than decline. ECW Press ISBN 9781770412026 $18.95

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Blind Items by Dina Del Bucchia, erotic poetry about celebrities like Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray. These hypermodern confessional poems are funny, strange, and very, very sexy. Insomniac Press ISBN 9781554831289 $16.95

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Sin Eater by Angela Hibbs, reassembles the seven deadly sins to reflect a modern context and culture.With nimble language and an uncommon wit, Hibbs reveals the fluidity of transgression when traditional definitions no longer apply. Sin Eater is a bold new collection from one of Canada s brightest poetic voices. Arbeiter Ring Publishing ISBN 9781894037495 $14.95

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Asking by Shawna Lemay, a collection of poems and poem-essays about paintings, ekphrasis, beauty, and deep looking which takes its title from the lines by Phyllis Webb: "Listen. If I have known beauty / let's say I came to it / asking." Seraphim Editions ISBN 9781927079270 $17.95

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? falcon guide

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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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!

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:

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100 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.

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Letter 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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Blue Sonoma by Jane Munro 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!

Recapture Your Glory One Brick at a Time

Lego Adventure Book Vol. 2 (9781593275129) By Megan H. Rothrock No Starch Press
Lego Adventure Book Vol. 2 (9781593275129) By Megan H. Rothrock No Starch Press

If you are anything like me, as a youngster you probably thought of yourself as an amateur architect. I, for one, could work miracles given enough time and the right resources. These resources were a giant Rubbermaid bin of Lego bricks, and a rec room floor to dump it all over. But I will admit that I was always better with a good set of instructions at my fingertips.

Whenever I reminisce about “the good old days” I often lament the fact that I no longer build things like I used to. My lamentations were brought to an all time high when I laid my eyes on The Lego Adventure Book Vol. 2. After flipping through the pages, I knew I had to reclaim my former glory and find a floor to spread my Lego over once more.  This book is full of impressive designs and tons of the easy-to-follow instructions that transform me from a mere mortal into a Lego god. Do gods crawl around on all fours and paw through giant piles of Lego? They do now!

From space ships, to dragons, to Tudor Mansions and entire city blocks, this book has something for every Lego enthusiast to enjoy. So, pick up your own copy of The Lego Adventure Book Vol. 2 from No Starch Press and join me in the ever growing pantheon of Lego superstars!

About the author

Megan Rothrock is a former set designer for the LEGO Group whose models have been displayed at ComicCon and at LEGO events across Europe. Rothrock enjoys meeting builders at LEGO fan events and hopes that her book will inspire the LEGO builders of tomorrow. Originally from California, she currently lives in Denmark where she works as a freelance toy designer.

Check out all of No Starch Press' Lego titles here!

JEFF KINNEY'S WIMPY KID GOES ON THE ROAD IN NOVEMBER 2014

Look for Wimpy Kid Book 9 in November 2014!
Look for Wimpy Kid Book 9 in November 2014!

Good news Kinney fans!  Abrams has announced that its Amulet Books imprint will publish Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 9 in November  2014. The new book in the phenomenally successful series written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney—which has sold more than 120 million copies around the world—will be published globally in more than 80 countries. The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book will be one of the most anticipated releases of the year!

A new image by Jeff Kinney (above), has been released to tease fans about what’s to come in the new book.

“For the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, I’m taking the Heffleys out of their home environment and sending them out on the road,” says Kinney. “Writing about an epic family road trip has really got my creative juices flowing, and I think this could be the funniest book yet.”

Don't miss out!!!

Learning About a Dutch Master

Tim’s Vermeer is now showing until Thursday at TIFF Bell Lightbox thanks to Mongrel Media. It’s a film with a pretty interesting concept. It follows Inventor Tim Jenison on his journey to understand how Vermeer was able to paint with such realism. For a better synopsis, I encourage you to watch the trailer below. I can almost guarantee you’ll be fascinated.

It is completely understandable that someone like Jenison, would be wary about how Vermeer was able to create such masterpieces. After all, his paintings are nearly flawless. So flawless that I'm tempted to join Jenison in believing that Vermeer had an incredibly complicated method, just to feel better about my own abilities. That said, the trailer leaves me wanting to know more about Vermeer and his techniques, and luckily enough I know just how to find out. After I’ve gone to one of this week’s screenings I’m going to follow it up with some light reading:

A good place to start is with Vermeer: The Complete Paintings from Abrams. This book, which is a survey of all of Vermeer’s works, will help a reader familiarize themselves with the artist’s catalog immediately.

Next, let's jump to Masters of Art: Vermeer from Prestel Publishing, the perfect read to help us understand the more intricate portions of Vermeer’s works.

This book offers full-page spreads of masterpieces as well as highlights of smaller details--allowing the viewer to appreciate every aspect of the artist's technique and oeuvre.

Tell me that doesn't sound like a great way to understand the method of our favorite dutch master.

Finally, now that we know all about Vermeer’s work and technique, we can follow in Tim Jenison’s footsteps and create masterpieces of our own. Of course, I’ll have a copy of Colouring Book Jan Vermeer from Prestel to help me in my endeavor. After all, not all of us can be masters!

If you are interested in seeing Tim’s Vermeer click here for show times. Happy painting!

Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems

With key matchups between the USA and Canada this week, hockey has been top of mind both north and south of the border. Fans from either nation are either cheering their respective teams to victory or provide compelling excuses for why things went wrong. In either case, the memory of these olympic matchups will not fade for at least a few days. But for those of us that are disappointed in the end, it may prove a good idea to take a more philosophical view of what transpired rather than let emotions rule the day.

Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems by Randall Maggs provides the perfect jumping off point for such ruminations. Brick Books has provided hockey fans of all loyalties with an insightful collection of poetry focused on a hockey legend that has played for multiple teams on both sides of the border. When talking about Sawchuk, there is no need to mince words. He is simply one of, if not the, greatest goalies of all time. His 103 career shutouts was a record that stood for 39 years and most thought would never be broken.

Night Work sheds light on the enigma that is Terry Sawchuk who Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail calls the “...[D]arkest most troubled figure in the history of the national game.” Brunt goes on to heap praise on the collection, saying it “...[M]ay be the truest hockey book ever written.” If truth can be measured by the emotions a book dregs up in a reader, then I could not agree more.

The unique format of this book is like no other hockey title I have come across, and if sheer blissful escape are what you’re after then this is the books for you. Reading this book will cause any hockey fan to lose themselves for hours at a time in a swirl of deep, rich imagery that you can almost smell. Night Work is magical a piece of art that will leave you thinking about so much more than just the Olympic results.

Jennifer, Liam and Josh: An Unauthorized Biography of the Stars of the Hunger Games

Valentine’s Day is here, and for those of us lucky enough to have someone to share it with, the day will be filled with tender thoughts and romantic moments. On the other hand, for those of us without someone to spend the day with, the week surrounding Hallmark’s favourite invention is filled with second guessing and soul searching. But why? Rather than bemoaning the fact that we aren’t currently with someone, why don’t we take advantage of being single by imagining the fabulous people we could be with instead? Why not imagine that we're attached to Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth or Josh Hutcherson with the help of Jennifer, Liam and Josh from Michael O’Mara Books.

Jennifer Liam and Josh : An Unauthorized Biography of the Stars of The Hunger Games

This book provides the perfect opportunity to put ourselves into the lives of our favorite rich and famous stars. Imagine, for example, that instead of her parents it was you, cast as her supportive teenage sweetheart, that told Jennifer Lawrence that she had to finish high school before pursuing acting full time. Wow! What a history you two have. And just look how things worked out for you. She has an Oscar, and you are dating someone who has an Oscar.

Next, let's take advantage of the book's full page color photos by pasting snap shots of ourselves next to a Hunger Games heart throb. I mean, who better than you to stand next to Liam Hemsworth on the red carpet? You’re certainly a better fit than his “Mom.” Talk about a Hollywood power couple. You'll be riding demolition equipment around in no time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps you prefer Josh Hutcherson and want to...who am I kidding? Nobody prefers Josh Hutcherson. He's tiny and needy.

The point is, Valentines Day only comes once a year, and rather than let a made up holiday get us down in the dumps, why not let the stars of the Hunger Games keep us warm? Get yourself a copy of Jennifer, Liam and Josh, and you'll be "Catching Fire" in no time!

WE LOVE EACH OTHER | New York Times Book Review

We all know "find love before V-DAY" is at the bottom of your February to-do list. Nobody wants to spend their precision time looking for a date when there's a million other things to do like watch figure skaters dance on ice (OLYMPIC time, people). That's why this Valentine's Day we're highlighting books for kids because they actually enjoy receiving candy in kitschy heart shaped boxes and, as The New York Times wrote, "mimicking the conventions of courtship without suffering its uncertainties."  Valentine's Day is also the perfect holiday for children because it offers them another opportunity to learn about love in all its various shapes and forms. And, of course, the best way to teach children is through books. Below you'll find a few of our favorites as well as two titles recently highlighted in The New York Times Book Review:

We Love Each Other, by the Brilliant illustrator Yusuke Yonezu, is a clever and charming board book with an upbeat theme and a special surprise on the last page. The book features birds, elephants, rabbits, turtles and kittens celebrating love and togetherness. Kids will enjoy the bold and colorful illustrations that reveal a surprise beneath the flap on every page.

WE LOVE EACH OTHER Written and illustrated by Yusuke Yonezu Minedition (Independent Publishers Group) 9789888240562 $10.95 Board book Ages 1 to 4

Love You More Than Anything, a picture book by Anna Harber Freeman and illustrated by Jed Henry, is all about telling children how much their parents love them.  This rhyming read-aloud assures kids—in so many ways—that they're loved more than anything in the world. Readers follow an adorable chipmunk family for a fun outing at the park, a special homemade cake after dinner, and a snuggle before bedtime—and all the while mom and dad find dozens of ways, big and small, to give their children the affection and security they crave. Sarah Harrison Smith of The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Sprightly rather than soppy, “Love You More Than Anything” reminds readers that having fun together is one of the best ways families can show their love, whatever the day."

LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING By Anna Harber Freeman Illustrated by Jed Henry Sterling Publishing 9781454900214 $9.95 Picture book Ages 3 to 7

For more on these two titles, read The New York Times Book Review feature "Love for the Littlest, Yusuke Yonezu’s ‘We Love Each Other,’ and More" on their website.

In this favorite Hello Kitty story, Hello Kitty explores what love and friendship mean as she tries to find the perfect gift for her special friend Dear Daniel. After all of her friends offer suggestions that don’t seem quite right, Hello Kitty finally has an idea for something very special that she hopes Dear Daniel will love. Includes bonus Valentine’s Day cards.

HELLO KITTY HELLO LOVE By Sanrio Abrams Books 9781419712494 $7.99 Picture Book Ages 3 to 8

Learn the names of six animals and their sounds as friendly farm animals say hello to each other on each spread. Featuring sturdy tabs to turn and a die-cut handle built right into the book, this is the perfect story for little ones to read together with parents or flip through on their very own.

This new book in the I Love Learning series teaches simple concepts while reminding little ones how much they are cherished through Sandra Magsamen's signature heartfelt text and cozy, hand-stitched illustration style. Readers will *love* learning about animal sounds!

BAA, MOO, I LOVE YOU By Sandra Magsaman Little, Brown for Young Readers 9780316133586 $8.99 Board Book Ages 0 to 3

Ten little fingers, ten little toes Two little ears and one little nose. Two warm cheeks, all rosy and bright A kiss and a cuddle to say goodnight. An exuberant and heartwarming book about the arrival of a new baby from the creators of I Love My Mummy and I Love My Daddy. One little boy discovers all the wonderful things about his new little sibling is this joyful top-to-toe celebration of babies. A warm-hearted, celebratory book that's perfect for sharing when welcoming a new baby to the family. From the bestselling author Giles Andreae, whose rhyming text perfectly captures the joyful exuberance of young children, and the award-winning Emma Dodd, whose cheerful colours and irrepressible illustrations delight children and their parents everywhere.

I LOVE YOU BABY By Emma Dodd & Giles Andreae HUK Kids 9781408327494 $16.99 Picture Book Ages 0 to 5

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Coach Your Team to Success!

This is going to be an exciting year for soccer fans! Footy lovers across the world will gather around televisions this summer to take in the World Cup live from Brazil. And, as if that wasn't enough for soccer fans in the GTA, Toronto FC has just made a big splash in MLS by bringing in three big-name players. After the additions of Dwayne De Rosario, Michael Bradley, and Jermaine Defoe, this could be a great year for the Toronto club. With all this new talent on the roster,TFC fans like myself are anxiously awaiting to see how coach Ryan Nelson will handle the task. Of course, if he finds himself in trouble he can always pick up a copy of Hamlyn'sHow to Coach a Soccer Team by Tony Carr.

Tony Carr, Director of Youth Development at the West Ham United'syouth academy, is often cited as one of the best youth soccer coaches in England, and he covers all of the bases in this book. It is a must have for any aspiring soccer coach.

Easy to navigate, the book is broken into seven sections:

1) Getting Organized 2) Ball Skills 3) Team Play 4) Goalkeeping - The Basics 5) Set Plays 6) Solving Problems 7) Small Sided Games

Each section has a simple layout and features full-colour pictures and easy to follow diagrams; so easy in fact, they made me think even I could coach a soccer team (and that's saying something)!

That said, this book is perfect for coaches of all skill levels. New coaches might want to read all the chapters in one go to get a solid overview before coaching their first squad, while seasoned coaches can jump to specific sections to help them freshen up their practices with a new drill or perhaps ease the mood with some lighthearted ball play.

And who knows – with a World Cup, and a (hopefully) banner season from TFC on the horizon – there might be a spike in youth soccer enrollment. If that's the case, teams will need coaches and one of them could be you.

In the book's forward, professional footballer, and ex-student of Carr, Rio Ferdinand says that "Good footballers in well-organized teams win matches and championships. And it's inspiring coaches that help get them there."

Let this book help you get your team there!

                                     --How to Coach a Soccer Team releases this April --

Steve Martin Offers a Cure for Post Holiday Stress

Ahhh, the holidays; a time for fun, good cheer, and merriment for all. It’s a time for people to recharge their batteries and come back to work refreshed and ready to take on a new year. Or, if your holidays were like mine, a time to drive from get together to get together through terrible weather on a marathon visiting session that ends up being too much family in too little time. I love my family as much as the next person but seven days straight left me feeling like McCauley Culkin at the beginning of Home Alone. I found myself wanting to say to them, “I don't want to see you again for the rest of my whole life. And I don't want to see anybody else either.” Okay, maybe I wasn’t that wound up, but I was definitely haunted by images of my family for days.

At the end of it all, I was left with a single day to wind down before getting back to the normal routine. But how would I spend that day? Easy – relaxing with a good book that doesn’t demand deep thought. The book I picked up was The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten. The tweets of Steve Martin from Grand Central Publishing.

If laughter truly is the best medicine and you need treatment, this is the book for you. This book, just as the title suggests, is a collection of Steve Martin’s Twitter posts. Unlike some tweeters (who shall remain nameless) Martin’s tweets do not revolve around shoe shopping, feuding with other celebrities, or posting way too many selfies. Instead, his tweets are pure, unfiltered Martin gold. This is not Steve Martin reading from a script, but Martin delivering his own thoughts without compromise. And man, are they funny! My favourite of his tweets are those where Martin appears to be tweeting from jury duty:

REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: Other Jurors are stupid. They don’t believe in “hexes.” Plus they want me to put my magazines away.

Or those where he tweets about the Martin invented character Creepy Guy:

Creepy Guy

Creepy Guy here fixing basement. Odd that he has to tie me up to do it.

But aside from his own tweets, Martin also trades tweets with his followers, and some of those directed at him are as funny as his own. One follower tweeted:

@youcatastrophe: “I think I’m the only person in the world that truly understands you and gets your humour. That said...you’re not very funny.”

The fact that Martin included this tweet in the collection just goes to show what a great sense of humour he has.

Needless to say, after finishing this book the thoughts of unrest and bitterness about the hectic nature of my holidays were replaced with feelings of contentment and serenity. I only wish that it were a bit longer. Reading it is a lot like eating popcorn: easily consumed, deliciously enjoyable and gone before you know it! Luckily, once this book is finished you can follow Martin on twitter and get your daily dose of medicine. Happy New Year!

Click this link https://twitter.com/SteveMartinToGo to follow Steve Martin on twitter.