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Manda Digital Exclusive: Sarah Winman, When God was a Rabbit

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.

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Manda Digital Exclusive: The Fear

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.

Watch the full version of the video here. Visit Peter Godwin's website and get more information about the book at the Hachette Book Group website.

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David Ward reading at Harbourfront, and book giveaway

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.

Between Two Ends, by David WardWe're giving away a signed copy of Between Two Ends at YAgazine.ca, our website for young readers, so head over there now to enter!

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.

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Rachel Simon interview [Manda Digital Exclusive]

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.

The Story of Beautiful Girl (Grand Central/Hachette; ISBN 9780446574464) is available today. Please visit here for more information about the book and here to learn more about the author.

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Meet Mr. Funny Pants: Michael Showalter [Manda Digital Exclusive]

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.)

For more info visit michaelshowalter.net and hachettebookgroup.com.

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And the new Guinness World Record for duct taping a person to a wall goes to...

Guinness World Record for the Fastest Time to Duct Tape a Person to a WallThat'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!

Walltaper.com

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Manda Digital Exclusives: Abrams Gift Book Ideas

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)

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