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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.


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.”

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Guinness World Record broken by ... The Bachelor Sean Lowe!?

KissI'm guessing there were a few battles waging last night in Toronto over the remote control. Regardless of how the score fell in your household, the Leafs game versus The Bachelor outcome probably produced the same results: some questionable calls, a bit of dirty fighting, and quite a few broken hearts. If you're anything like me, tuning in to watch Sean Lowe court 20 girls in an epic Hunger-Games-style mêlée to the dating death is both an embarrassing guilty pleasure you try to hide and the most fun you've had watching television ever; observing a woman try to impress Sean with a flip only to fall flat on her face, watching the Leafs loose 2:1 to the Sabres, and observing a multiple car collision all seem to have a similar - can't look away-macabre fascination. Regardless, this is one admission I will probably never live down at work but that has actually come in handy for it!

That's right folks, Sean Lowe and Lesley Murphy broke the world record for longest onscreen kiss, and I bet my bottom dollar that they will have their own spread in The Guinness Book of World Records 2014! But until then, you can get your world record fix in the new Guinness Book of World Records 2013.

sean_lowe_200x200Though I'd like to say that the kiss happened organically because they had so much chemistry that they simply couldn't disengage for over 3 minutes and 15 seconds, the record breaking smooch was actually staged on a date to The Guinness Book of World Records museum in New York. Following in the footsteps of his father who currently holds the world record for longest road trip taken in the shortest amount of time, Sean can now take his place as the number one kiss-and-tell-Fabio the world over!



Event: Dr Sketchy's Toronto: Draw Kiki! 

Venue: The Pilot, 22 Cumberland Street, Toronto 

Date: Saturday, 5th May

Time: 6–7.30pm (doors open for drinks and food from 5.30pm)

Entry: $5

Dr. Sketchy's Toronto presents a very special Anti-Art class as part of Toronto Comic Arts Festival. They've teamed up with graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero and are stepping back in time to 1920s Paris for a special Sketchy's with themed poses, performances and prizes to celebrate the new graphic novel biography of Kiki's life by TCAF featured guests Catel & Bocquet.

Catel & Bocquet – the award-winning French comics creators will be on hand to tell you a little about Kiki's life as the muse of photographer Man Ray and lead the way with the life drawing. In between sketching you'll get a chance to grab a drink and food and take in some great music. 

This isn't about being an amazing artist, as long as you can put pencil to paper and move it around that's good enough for us! Artists of all experience levels can enter to win cool prizes from the publisher SelfMadeHero. Bring your own pens, pencils or try our art supplies, courtesy of

 So join Dr. Sketchy's for a fun evening of life drawing with one of Toronto's finest burlesque performers, two of France's finest comics creators and North America's newest graphic novel imprint, SelfMadeHero. Arrive early to secure the best tables!_______________________

Dr. Sketchy's Toronto is presented in association with North America's newest graphic novel imprint, SelfMadeHero and Toronto Comic Arts Festival. 

 Founded in 2005 by artist provocateur Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school is the world's premier alt.drawing movement. Artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality. Found in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy's has now spread to over 100 cities around the world.


Pinterest Giveaway!

Have you checked out Manda Group on Pinterest yet? Get to it!This week we are running a giveaway for our friends who re-pin from our board.

What are we giving away? An autographed copy of Chai Tea Sunday by Heather A. Clark!

 This wonderful book is so engrossing you won't want to put it down. The story follows Nicky Fowler from her home in Toronto to an orphanage in Kenya where she volunteers her time as a teacher. In this new setting, Nicky learns much from her experience as she teaches those around her.

Published by ECW Press, ISBN 9781770410824, $14.95 Canadian

So get re-pinning now! Each re-pin gets you one entry into the contest. Winner will be randomly chosen at 3pm on Friday April 27th. GOOD LUCK!

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Attention all Manda followers! It's Friday, and as far as we're concerned the perfect day of the week to take a moment and send out a heartfelt thank you to all of our facebook / blog / twitter followers.  We love what we do, we love books, and we love sharing our passion with all of you.  To show our appreciation to those of you who read, comment and retweet our thoughts, ideas and opinions, we have come up with what we think is a pretty killer way to say thanks.  Simply send us a quick comment, a virtual thumbs-up or tweet us, and we'll choose one of you lucky people to win a brand spankin' new copy of the new Ian Rankin novel The Impossible Dead.  Who doesn't love Ian Rankin!?  To sweeten the deal, we got it SIGNED for you. Mr. Rankin was in Vancouver this week attending the Vancouver International Writer's Festival and was kind enough to set us up with some signed copies of his latest.  I mean, I don't think there is a better Christmas gift for an Ian Rankin fan than a signed copy of one of his books - if you can bare to give it away that is.  Anyway, a book could be yours if you give us a shout.  Don't be shy, we know you're out there! The Impossible Dead, by Ian Rankin ($24.99, ISBN:9780752889542, Hachette Book Group)





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FoodLit Book Giveaway Extended to December 10

We’ve extended the deadline for the FoodLit book giveaway contest to Friday, December 10, 2010. Simply sign up for any or all of the FoodLit email newsletter, the FoodLit Facebook Page (go to the page and “Like” us), and the FoodLit Twitter feed. Each connection counts as one entry, so you can enter three times! And if you get a friend to enter, post that person’s name in the comments on the site, and you’ll get another entry.