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The above is an excerpt from an interview with Ian Rankin, world-famous author of over 25 books, including his latest novel The Impossible Dead. Rankin was in Toronto this past month for IFOA – he spoke to Sarah Pietroski at The Book Mark.
Sarah Winman, author of the now very popular When God was a Rabbit (ISBN 9780755379309), was in Toronto for IFOA this past month. As this title was an in-house favourite, Manda took the opportunity to ask the author a few questions about her latest book, her writing process, and possible future projects. A highlight is posted above, but the entire interview can be viewed here.
The video above is an excerpt from an interview with Peter Godwin, author of The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe. This book, by an author who himself was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, is a tribute to the bravery and resilience of the human spirit in the face of utter terror.
Since early May, when this interview was conducted, not much has changed in Zimbabwe. There is still talk of an election this year or next and the two opposition party leaders are discussing the possibility of a coalition to defeat Mugabe's Zanu-PF party. However, as Mugabe is no doubt aware of protests against similarly long-tenured leaders erupting all over the Middle East, one can only surmise that intimidation and torture tactics will continue to be a primary strategy.
Above is a clip of David Ward reading from his new book, Between Two Ends (Amulet; ISBN 9780810997141). The reading took place at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as part of ALOUD: A Celebration for Young Readers. This is part of Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, the largest children's literary event in Canada with over 8000 young readers attending from May 11-12, 2011. For more information on these hugely successful events please see here and here. Thank you to the event organizers and hosts, and David Ward himself! You were all so helpful and we really appreciate being able to get some video coverage.
David Ward was born in Montreal and grew up in Vancouver. He was an elementary school teacher for eleven years before completing his master's degree. He is the author of the Grassland trilogy and is a writer and university instructor in children's literature. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their three children. Visit his website!
Amulet Books is an imprint of ABRAMS.
As promised a couple of weeks ago, here is an excerpt of my video interview with Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl. To view the long version (26 minutes) please click here – the long version is less like an interview and more like a conversation, but Rachel's answers were elaborate, passionate, and so well-considered that I tried to keep edits to a minimum.
On March 16, 2011, comedian, actor, writer and director Michael Showalter performed a stand-up show at Toronto's Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. He was in town on the tail end of a North American tour promoting his new book, Mr. Funny Pants (Grand Central Publishing; ISBN 9780446542104). Manda asked him a few questions before a book signing the next day at Type Books on Queen Street West. Enjoy! (Warning: coarse language.)
That's right folks, we did it! On Guinness World Records Day, November 18, 2010, we set a time of 57.25 seconds for duct taping a person to a wall, which obliterates the previous record of 1:33! The record has been approved by Guinness! We were very surprised that we were able to beat the record in spite of my beer gut, and even more surprised that it was made official. In fact, we were so surprised that we've set up a brand new website to document our failed test runs and genius/insane "five-strip" taping strategy. Visit Walltaper.com today!
This is a stunning Manda Digital Exclusive video featuring holiday gift ideas for sophisticated book lovers. Featured are four beautifully illustrated titles, well-suited to gift-giving! Be sure to turn on your computer speakers...
Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito; photographs by Tina Rupp. (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, ISBN 9781584798507)
Dogs, by Tim Flach. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810996533)
Mary McCartney: From Where I Stand, by Mary McCartney, Foreword by Chrissie Hynde, Introduction by Peter Blake. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810996540)
The World of Gloria Vanderbilt: by Wendy Goodman; Foreword by Anderson Cooper. (Abrams, ISBN 9780810995925)
Manda is extremely proud of our new eight-minute mini-documentary on Nigel Barker's day in Toronto promoting his new book, Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation. Check it out now! Available in HD as well, if you have the bandwidth.