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USA NETWORK announces series pickup for Megan Abbott’s DARE ME!

Abbott will serve as writer and executive producer, along with Gina Fattoree. The series will be Co-Produced by UCP and Netflix in association with Film 44 and will star Willa Fitzgerald, Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly. It will be executive produced by ‘Friday Night Lights’’ Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo of Film 44.

Airdate to come!

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Check out the incredible review's for Rachel Barenbaum’s debut novel!

[A] rousing debut…Fans of Kristin Hannah will enjoy Barenbaum’s exhilarating tale.
— Publishers Weekly
Grand Central Publishing | OSD: 5/14/2019 | ISBN: 9781538746264

Grand Central Publishing | OSD: 5/14/2019 | ISBN: 9781538746264

A sweeping epic that transports the reader into another era, even as the struggles of its characters feel powerfully modern and timely.
— Madeline Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Circe
A Bend in the Stars is a vivid and wrenching debut, full not only with the darkness of history but also with hope — a literary saga for fans of The Invisible Bridge and All the Light We Cannot See. Love and war and Relativity weave together seamlessly, and we’re left understanding that there’s more than one way for the universe to bend.
— Rebecca Makkai, National Book Award Finalist for The Great Believers

Emma Watson has incredible things to say about Stephen Chbosky’s IMAGINARY FRIEND!

GCP / 10/01/19 / ISBN: 978-1-5387-3133-8)

GCP / 10/01/19 / ISBN: 978-1-5387-3133-8)

Like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, IMAGINARY FRIEND says that no matter how dark the places you have been or the things you have seen, no one and nothing and nowhere is beyond redemption. What is astonishing and laugh-out-loud genius is that Chbosky has disguised all this wisdom in an Spielbergesque horror thriller... In true Stephen Chbosky style, he gives you the bran and the donut. I don’t know how he did it. But he did it. It’s a masterpiece. A novel with profundity of Milton that’s actually pageturning.
— Emma Watson, Actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador

Kimberla Lawson Roby’s BETTER LATE THAN NEVER has been nominated for a 2018 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction) Category!

GCP | 7/31/18 | 9781455569762

GCP | 7/31/18 | 9781455569762

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Image Awards, and winners will be announced on March 30th. Literature is one of many award categories, including Motion Picture, Television, Recording, and Directing.

View the entire list of nominees here.


Earlier this week, Little, Brown announced the acquisition of UNEXPECTED, the long-awaited memoir from Katie Couric, one of the most celebrated and beloved journalists of our time. Publication is slated for spring 2021 Read the press release here.


Octavia E. Butler's Parable books will be reissued by Grand Central Publishing, beginning with Parable of the Sower. It's sequel, Parable of the Talents, will be reissued later in the year.

Read N.K. Jemisin’s Foreword to Parable of the Sower here.

April 30, 2019, 9781538732182

April 30, 2019, 9781538732182

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We Need New Names makes Booker long list

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NoViolet Bulawayo's first novel, We Need New Names, has been on my to-read list since I first heard about it late last year.

The story follows Darling, a 10-year old in Zimbabwe, and her friends Stina, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Bastard. They live together in a shanty called Paradise, and they spend their days stealing guavas, trying to get the baby out of Chipo's belly, and remembering. They remember when they had real names and real homes, before the paramilitary policemen came and destroyed everything and the schools were closed down. Before their fathers went abroad to work at dangerous jobs. The children dream of escaping...

Darling's dream, at least, is seemingly realized, as she moves to America to live with her Aunt. She finds that things aren't necessarily easier for her there, where her options as an immigrant are so few.

NoViolet Bulawayo's 2011 Caine Prize winning story Hitting Budapest, became the first chapter in this, now Booker long-listed novel.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo Little, Brown and Company 9780316230810 May 21, 2013

 

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Awesome WARP Book Trailer!

 

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All Eoin Colfer fans mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl Series take note: there is new game in town in the form of Colfer's series WARP, and more specifically in the shape of a young Victorian boy named Riley. Chassed through time and space all the way to the 21st century by a deadly assassin, Riley is forced to team up with Chevie, an FBI covert agent for the Witness Anonymous Relocation Program in an attempt to save the world as we know it ... and maybe his own hide too. Watch the trailer for the first book Warp: The Reluctant Assassin! You'll be instantaneously hooked.

 

 

Looking Forward to... Icons

I'm always interested in a good alien story and, coming up in May, it looks like we're going to have a really amazing YA title that might be the next great humans vs. aliens tale. Margaret Stohl, #1 best-selling co-author of the Caster Chronicles series (aka Beautiful Creatures), has a new book coming out called Icons (9780316205184, Little Brown). Take a look at the great teaser-trailer for a hint of what to expect.

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Wow! Right?

Humans losing a war they didn't know they were fighting? Four teens fighting to save the world? And this killer tag-line:

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Look for Icons in May, 2013. I will be!

World Book Day... only in Great Britain?

Why is it World Book Day in the UK today when UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day isn't until next month? Who knows? Who can explain Great Britain, after all? But being loyal commonwealth citizens - and being unrepentant bibliophiles to boot - we figured it was a perfect opportunity to highlight some of our favourite new releases from the Mother Country. Where The Decision by Penny Vincenzibetter to start, from the land of tabloids, than with Penny Vincenzi's latest The Decision (Headline, 9780755320905). Multiple best-selling author Vincenzi takes us back to the 1960s, and introduces us to two up-and-coming professionals - she in the fashion industry, he in real estate. What starts out so well soon turns sour and the couple end up fighting through a horrible divorce and a terrible custody battle. Will anyone be the victor when neither will give ground?

Far Rockaway by Charlie FletcherAnd, from the author of The Stoneheart Trilogy, comes a story for every young book-lover, Far Rockaway (Hodder, 9780340997338). After a terrible accident, Cat is whisked away from her New York City home to a land where her grandfather's books come to life. Populated by characters she (and you!) will recognize, Cat begins an epic adventure with strange, new friends to find The Castle at the World's End - Far Rockaway!

The Tyrant by Christian CameronBeing a history geek, I'm happy to be able to recommend Destroyer of Cities (Orion, 9781409117124) by Christian Cameron. It's the fifth book in the Tyrant series by one of my favourite Canadian authors. As a historian and a former soldier himself, Cameron gets the details right in his stories of how the world fractured after Alexander the Great's death. Using history as his guide, Cameron takes you through the battles and intrigues to gain riches, power and glory that still reverberate today.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

And finally, and not least by any means on World Book Day UK, the story of Highclere Castle, the setting of UK and Canadian TV hit Downton Abbey. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey (Hodder, 9781444730845) is written by Lady Fiona, the current chatelaine of Highclere Castle and the latest Countess Carnarvon. Lady Fiona describes the history of Highclere castle, with special attention to the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, Lady Almina, through the trials of World War 1.

Well, that's it. We hope you enjoyed this sampling of some of Britain's latest and best. Maybe today would be a good day to read one of these books, in support of UK World Books Day.

Exciting New Publisher!

page street logoIt isn't every day you get to be on board for the launch of a publisher's very first season, especially not one made up of people brimming with such enthusiasm, experience, and vision. To say that we are excited about Page Street Publishing here at Manda would be an understatement, and when you see the books on offer this upcoming season you'll immediately understand why. The logo for Page Street Publishing is an old printing press block belonging to the publisher Will Kiester's father, and it is the perfect symbol for a company that is devoted to the fading tradition of bookmaking as an art form. The books are exceptional; the aesthetic is clean, crisp, and vibrant - crafted with attention to detail that is characteristic of true quality.  The lifestyle authors are incredible at what they do whether it's cooking, baking, or taking care of chickens.

Will Kiester is keeping it current, making books that are inspirational, affordable, beautiful, and useful.  And this is just the first list for their very first season! I can't wait to see what they have for us next. Here are a few examples of this season's upcoming titles to keep you satiated.

baking-by-hand-make-the-best-artisanal-breads-and-pastries-better-without-a-mixerSimply delicious! Baking by Hand by Andy and Jackie King contains baking techniques and 100 recipes on how to make everything from sourdough to Rhubarb Ginger treats. It's also from world class professional bakers who own their own artisan bakery.

the truly healthy family cookbook Tina Ruggiero knows what it's like to be sick of the next diet craze and to crave a nutritional guide to healthy family-friendly food. The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook has more than 150 recipes from the Gourmet Nutritionist who is the health correspondent for NBC, Daytime and Fox!

bake and destroyYou will LOVE Natalie Slater and her quirky, rockabilly-inspired recipes from the kid friendly Crouching Cornbread, Hidden Broccoli to the delicious Burger Time Whoopie Pie. Hilarious, one-of-a-kind, and so yummy describes Bake and Destroy perfectly.

 

 

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!

 

After Alice ...

Splintered by A.G. Howard (Abrams, 1419704281)  is a mesmerizing YA novel that just came out on January 1st and is a fantastic read! It is along the lines of Michael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm series. Both a tribute to and a continuation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, (available from Dover Publications, 0486416585) Howard plays with the dark undertones in Carroll’s novels and draws inspiration from his real life muse, Alice Lidell.

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Howard's debut novel produces a hatter who is just a bit madder, a Moth King who spouts red herrings and flies on gossamer wings,  and a Wonderland that is macabre but grand, alluring but perhaps just a sleight of hand. You’ll be drawn into the story by nostalgia, but you’ll soon fall head over heels down the rabbit hole, eagerly navigating the plots surprising twists and turns.

Alyssa Gardner is your typical skateboarding, rainbow-hair-extension-wearing, sixteen year old girl... except that she is Alice Lidell’s great, great, great granddaughter and her mother is in an insane asylum. Alyssa is concerned that she has inherited the family curse – hearing talking plants and insects can make you a bit paranoid after all. She follows her delusions through the looking glass to save her mother from madness by breaking the curse and fixing everything Alice once put amok. Upon arrival in Wonderland, she discovers that her over-protective crush, Jeb, has followed her on this adventure, and she must rely on the alluring but devious King Morpheus, to guide her on a magical mission.

At its heart, Splintered is a quirky coming-of-age story with a vivacious cast of characters.  Alyssa must grapple with the challenges of growing up which is confusing when you can’t decide who you trust, if you like the good boy or the bad boy, or even who you are.  In the end, will Alice be able to break the curse, fix Wonderland, and get herself and Jeb back home … with their heads still intact?

bk-CarrollBestOfLewisCarrollNot only is this story enchanting and whimsical, but it inspired me to read The Best of Lewis Carroll (Book Sales, 0785813268)  - some of my all time favourites - all over again. Howard's descriptions are vivid and draw on Steampunk, Gothic, and Tim Burton imagery, and her Splintered Pinterest boards are gorgeous!

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MY FRIEND DAHMER is killing it!

Congrats are in order for Derf Backderf, whose graphic novel My Friend Dahmer (Abrams ComicArts, 1-4197-0216-5) made it to number 4 on Time Entertainment's prestigious Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2012. It's highly unusual for a graphic novel to garner such buzz, but My Friend Dahmer is racking up quite the reader body count. In fact, Ibid Filmworks picked up the rights to make it into a movie! In this captivating autobiographical account of Backderf's middle and high school years, he pieces together an almost sympathetic portrait of Dahmer as a disturbed young man who devolved into a notorious serial killer.

Through his quirky cartoons, we are told Dahmer's haunting story in an unobtrusive way: we see him as a loner, as a victim of a troubled home, as a self-medicating alcoholic, as a budding sociopath in the indifferent world of 1970s suburbia. Backderf's unique vantage point elicits profound insight and some serious queries: Were the existence of Dahmer demons already an indication of an inevitable sinister outcome, or could this troubled youth's life have turned out differently if someone had noticed the red-flags and just reached out to help?

Deeply unsettling and frighteningly tragic!

 

THE CASUAL VACANCY to be the new Downton Abbey?

The Casual VacancyJ.K. Rowling fans take note: The Casual Vacancy is being adapted for television! Rowling will be working in collaboration with the network to create an exciting adaptation of the novel to air sometime in 2014 on BBC One. Rowling says she is "thrilled" about this new development, and I'm guessing that the Canadian public, along with book lovers the world over, share this sentiment. After all, The Casual Vacancy dominated the Quill & Quire's list for Canadian booksellers top fiction of 2012.

Set in the small English town of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy begins with the unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother, one of the local city parish councilors. His untimely death becomes the catalyst for a shocking trajectory of events that pits neighbour against neighbour, and leaves the entire town reeling in its aftermath.

Definitely ideal BBC subject matter of the dramatic variety.  I can't wait to see it!

 

 

 

Move over grandma : Cooking a la mode gets MODERN!

Pan, measuring cup, oven, test-tube, ultrasonic bath (aka jewellery cleaner), blow torch... all the cooking equipment required to make a feast. Yes. You heard me right. I said blowtorch ... and ultrasonic bath ... and I inferred that they belong in your kitchen! You just can't make the perfect meringue or the ideal crispy french fry without them these days. But if you're curious, I suggest you pick up a copy of the revolutionary Modern Cuisine at Home (The Cooking Lab, 9780982761014) or go to Global TV's website for their new current affairs show 16X9 to see the authors Dr. Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet in action. They leave you with a true appreciation for the art and science of cooking, and a hunger for the future when food will only get more delicious. You can watch a clip of the show online here.  The full episode aired on television November 9th.

 

 

 

AGO Event with MID-CENTURY MODERN author Judith Miller

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.

Adorable Book Trailer for Smith’s Puppyhood: Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old

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Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old
By J. Nichole Smith
9781584799849
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
$32.95

 

This endearing and beautiful book published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang is choc-a-block full of cute, cuddly canine photographs. You will fall in love with Moe, the Yorkipoo with the little speckled muzzle, Tater Tot, the disproportionately large pawed Great Dane, as well as Chad, Roland, and ... well... every little guy in the whole book. Next stop? The Humane Society. So maybe you can’t get a new puppy at the moment, but there’s a chance you still may end up coming home with sixty furry new friends. Luckily, these little monsters are remarkably apartment friendly in non-fiction format.

In order to satiate your puppy love until then, check out this book trailer that is sure to give you the warm and fuzzies: http://youtu.be/eQ4zui-BPJw.

Hopefully Abby, our resident Manda pooch, doesn’t get jealous!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid NEW COVER & TITLE REVEAL!

I hope you're as excited about this bit of news as we are: Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams has revealed the title and cover for the latest book in the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. The title for book 7 is... Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel! And here is the awesome cover: 

ISBN: 9781419705847 CAD: $16.95 

We love it! Greg looks so heartbroken... I really hope this book has a happy ending.

What do you think??

The Perfect Cake for Book Lovers!

SprinkleBakes (ISBN 9781402786365) is an amazing new book coming in May from Sterling Publishing.The book arose from author Heather Baird's blog of the same name, in which she shares recipes with easy to follow instructions for desserts that aren't just tasty, but come out looking like pieces of art! For example, check out these spring flower lollipops!

Now that your mouth is watering and you're ready to do some creative cooking, feast your eyes on this incredible cake that any book lover would die for: This cake is just one of many amazing recipes found in the pages of SprinkeBakes, but it's one that caught my eye and I couldn't resist sharing. With step-by-step instructions provided, you'll be feasting on this delicious work of art in no time!

 

Happy Pig Day!

It’s Happy Pig Day at Tattletales! Our favorite Mo Willems characters were met by enthusiastic toddlers at the independent children’s Bookstore in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. There was Pig Food (chocolate chip cookies) activities and stories to be read. Piggie was his usual gregarious self, although Elephant was a little more reserved. He however encouraged the youngest reader we have seen so far!

Elephant and Piggie will be at Tattletales for the rest of the weekend and may be in school welcoming kids back from March Break next week!

Boy of Bone is a feast for the senses

I used to read a magazine published until about 2001 by the New York Academy of Sciences called 'The Sciences'. It was just a thin popular science mag but it had thoughtful, well-written articles about far-ranging subjects in each volume. One of the very best things about this multi-award-winning publication was the art that graced every cover and which accompanied each article. It gave the magazine a very distinctive - some have called it "high-brow" - look. To me, it was food for the mind and for the soul, thoughtfully curated and written, and mailed out to me every month. Until now, I haven't seen anything that struck me in quite the same way as 'The Sciences' always did. Thanks to this book, I now feel renewed in a way that I didn't really know I was missing.

Boy of Bone isn't just a book of short-stories, it's a beautiful combination of art and prose. Each of the stories - all written by author K. R. Sands - was inspired by an exhibit in the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. This museum houses a large collection of medical specimens and oddities, around 12 of which Sands has spun remarkable tales starring real people (including Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter, the museum's eponymous benefactor; Marie Curie and Marcel Duchamp; and the senors Bunuel and Dali). The stories are arranged chronologically as you read through the book; even taking us to the year 2020 by the end.

Boy of Bone was a joy to read, to hold and to look at. All of the stories were surprising; none was disappointing (but The Pump Twin is my favourite; only by the slimmest of margins). If you can get hold of this book, you won't be disappointed.

Boy of Bone | Siman Media Works, April 2012 | 9780983582724 $26.50 CAN

Books for November

Here are a few books that you should add to your shelf this month: Who hasn't missed their daily Oprah fix since her show ended in May? The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy is a beautiful book, available 11/15 from Abrams Books. Featuring never before printed photos and plenty of celebrity contributions, this book will be a great addition to your coffee table.

Another beautiful find: this book will appeal to artists, tattoo enthusiasts, and even the scientifically inclined! Science Ink, from Sterling Publishing has over 250 photographs of science inspired tattoos. Pick this one up not only for the beautiful images, but for the accompanying text which reflects on and explains each image.

Cult of Lego from No Starch Press (distributed by IPS) is also available this month. Flipping through this book will make you want to get out your old bucket of Lego blocks and start building! Chapters delve into the history of Lego, its various uses in art and technology, and the minifig phenomenon.

Click here for some recommended YA books for November!