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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.
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.
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On October 29th, 2013 join A GOOD READ as they host knitter extraordinaire Clara Parkes for a talk and book signing. In 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.
“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
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.
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)
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.
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:
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.
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 – THE HUNTING and THE REPOSSESSION (Hachette Children’s/9780340997093/9780340997086)
October 24 at 7 pm Livres Babar, Montreal –Talk/reading/signing
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
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)
Scott Lynch - THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES (Orion/9780575084476)
December 14 at 1:00 pm Bakka Phoenix Books, Toronto – Talk/Reading/Signing
This one starts ... so David Sedaris walked into our Manda office. It was a few months ago while on his book tour for Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. I was so ready to be disappointed; his books and New Yorker short stories always made me laugh so hard I cried and I just couldn't fathom of a writer being as funny in the flesh as they were on the page. Luckily, I was crying the entire time he was here - whether due to his insults or his dry humor even I'm not entirely sure.
He threatened to make one of the straight men in our office cut his meat. Then he complained that he hadn't brought his lunch and didn't see any straight men.
He did his go to - asking if any of us were smokers so he could reward those of us who were with priority signing. He explained this strange behavior by noting that the smokers among us were going to die sooner so their time should be seen as more precious.
Then he proceeded to sign our books, each one customized. What you should know is that David Sedaris likes to draw - there was a line drawing of a fetus for our pregnant coworker, and a picture of a bloody dagger for Mark ... Enough said.
The man is FUNNY.
And so, when I discovered that one of David Sedaris' stories, C.O.G. from his book Naked was going to become a feature film I was elated. Then I discovered that David Sedaris would be played by none other then the same actor who plays Jesse Saint James, the singing & dancing sensation from Glee. I'm curious to see if Jonathan Groff can do justice to the ever effervescent, sometimes self-deprecating and always sarcastic David Sedaris! Perhaps Jonathan can graduate from Gleekdom, and draw on his Broadway roots to become the precocious teenage Sedaris and maybe he can't. Either way it'll be something worth watching! If it were the other way around and David Sedaris was playing the triple threat Groff, then there really would be something to laugh about - David in Broadway tights and David singing love songs to Rachel on Glee both seem equally ridiculous and hilarious.
Either way, this means I'm off to the movies for the premiere folks! But until then, I leave you with the movie trailer:
It’s Hard Luck being a Wimpy Kid!
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!
A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege to meet the lovely author Amity Gaige. Her latest book SCHRODER (Twelve | 9781455512133) is a lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting the seven days a father spends on the road with his six-year-old daughter after kidnapping her during a parental visit. Amity graciously answered our questions about the book including whether Eric is a sympathetic character, the inspiration for the story, her son's influence on the character Meadow and the challenges of writing in a male voice. Afterwards she signed copies of her book and then headed to Harbourfront for a reading at the Authors at Harbourfront Reading Series, along with Ruth Ozeki and Jennifer Close. It was a wonderful afternoon. Big thanks to Hachette Book Group for setting it up!
"The essence of the ersatz Rockefeller/Kennedy character is of course an epic, pathological narcissism, and this Gaige gets impressively right....Gaige writes beautifully....The novel's climactic chapter is also its best conceived: the item that brings about Schroder's downfall is perfect, both dramatic and mundane. The reader will realize that he or she has been given every detail necessary to see what was coming, yet didn't, which is plot-making of the highest order."
"Complicated and nuanced . . . the novel is absorbing, with a propulsive plot and a narrator who is charming, ambivalent, and searching-a man driven by love who understands that love cannot save him."
"It is contemplative, poetic certainly, but the narrative is urgent and concise and Gaige's storytelling effortlessly spontaneous."
"On occasion... a novel will provoke a host of tangled and disconcertingly conflicted reactions-revulsion and affection; blame and understanding; a connection that goes beyond surface sympathy to a deeper, and possibly unwanted, emotional recognition. These were among the things I experienced while reading Amity Gaige's astoundingly good novel SCHRODER."
Schroder is available now!
Join us Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of fascinating conversation about Judith Miller’s life with antiques and a glimpse into her latest book heralding design from the 1940s to 1960s. Miller’s Mid-Century Modern (Mitchell Beazley, 978-1845336936) is a comprehensive and critical guide to one of the most exciting periods in design history and one of the hottest design trends of the moment. This invaluable book covers all of the most iconic designs and designers emanating from the 1940s to 1960s and explores the most desirable furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware, interiors and textiles from the period. The event will take place at the AGO (317 Dundas street W) visit http://artmatters.ca/wp/2012/10/designtalk-judith-miller-and-mid-century-modern-in-shopago/ for more information.