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Fall 2012

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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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.

 

 

 

Major Canadian Coverage for J.K. Rowling's THE CASUAL VACANCY

J.K. Rowling's new book THE CASUAL VACANCY is now available for purchase. Do you have your copy yet?!

“Rowling shows that yes, she can write. The Casual Vacancy, in fact, highlights Rowling’s strengths as a writer while obscuring her weaknesses. She has always been a plotter of genius, which is just another way of saying she is a great storyteller. […] With her page-turning Dickensian plots, a Thomas Hard-like ending and a main character[…]reminiscent of Count Fosco, the villain of Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White, Rowling is a 19th century writer mysteriously unstuck in time. That’s why Harry Potter’s adult fans loved her, and that’s why they will certainly love her new novel, too.” -MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE

"The Casual Vacancy confirms that Rowling does not lose her narrative gifts by stepping outside her usual realm. Stripped of the fantastic, she still draws the reader onward.” -NATIONAL POST

“Her real skills lie in quick, cutting portraits of grown-up hypocrites and eccentrics, and in making the troubles and worries of adolescents feel as grave and important as those of their parents. The Casual Vacancy […] shows that Rowling can do just fine without wizard or wand in sight.” -TORONTO STAR

"The book comes alive in Krystal’s love for her three-year-old brother Robbie. [...] Rowling’s empathy for Krystal imbues her own writing with urgency and humanity.” -THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients | ABRAMS

The lovely folks at Abrams have been baking delicious treats all week in celebration of the release of Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s third drool worthy cookbook BAKED ELEMENTS: Our 10 Favourite Ingredients (ISBN 9781584799856)When you have a moment (and a full belly) check out the Abrams blog featuring BAKED ELEMENTS recipes Lemon and Lime and Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Bread. Yums!

Photos from the Abrams blog!

Leon: Naturally Fast Food | OCTOPUS BOOKS

LEON: Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent ISBN: 978 1 84091 612 6 Imprint: Conran Pub Date: September 2012 Price: CAN$32.99

 

 

 

Leon Naturally Fast Food is a book of two halves. The first half is ‘Fast Food’, which contains recipes that take a maximum of 20 minutes to prepare, ranging from a work-day breakfast and children’s meals to simple dinners and party food. The second half is ‘Slow Fast Food’, which contains things that can be made in advance when you have time, to enjoy when you don’t have time. Containing more than 200 recipes, there is plenty in both halves of this collection for both the experienced cook and the culinary adventurer in search of inspiration.

Only six months after the first branch opened, Leon was voted “Best New Restaurant” by such judges as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal in the 2005 Observer Food Awards and there are now 11 Leon restaurants in London and the southeast of England.

The restaurant group, leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both taste good and do you good. In July 2004, when Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first outlet, on London’s Carnaby Street, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Only six months after the first branch opened, Leon was voted “Best New Restaurant” by such judges as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal in the 2005 Observer Food Awards and there are now 11 Leon restaurants in London and the southeast of England.

Also available: LEON: Baking and Desserts 9781840916119 CAN$32.99

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Come Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of NAXOS

Grigorian Classical Music Storein Toronto will host the launch of THE STORY OF NAXOS by Nicolas Soames and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of NAXOS on Monday, September 17 at 5-8 p.m.

Meet KLAUS HEYMANN The Man at the Heart of NAXOS

The Story of NAXOS by Nicolas Soames Price: $39.99 CDN ISBN: 9780749956899 Publisher: HUK Format: Hardcover Pub Date: 9/4/2012

Klaus Heymann will be available for media interviews, and will sign copies of THE STORY OF NAXOS at Grigorian Classical Music Store at 70 Yorkville Ave. at 5:00-8:00 p.m.

If you’re in Toronto, please join us for a Q&A with Klaus Heymann, the fascinating entrepreneur and founder of the leading provider of classical music around the world.

Hope to see you there!

Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us | ABRAMS

We don’t read many parenting books that leave us hunched over laughing in our chairs. Occasionally we come across gems like “Go the F*ck to Sleep,” or the Globe Pequot Press new fall title “Kid in the Crib” (ISBN 9780762783045), but these types of books are rare. Luckily for us this fall Abrams is releasing the hilarious new parenting guide "Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us" by Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, and Mary Ann Zoellner.  Sh*tty Mom offers practical advice like "How to Leave Your Kids to Go on a Business Trip," "And Sometimes the Asshole Is You," and "You Aren't Paranoid, Everyone Does Hate Your Baby." Sh*tty Mom is funny, relatable, at times brutally honest, and the perfect book for new and experienced moms.

Abrams asked a few of the moms in their office to divulge the chapters they related to the most and then shared them on their blog. We thought you would love reading it as much as we did.

Here are a few but definitely check out the rest here:

How to Get Rid of a Mom Who Wants to Stay Over During the Entire Play date: Every mom has had this moment. You think you’re going to have some “free” time while the kids play together, only to have the other mom plop down on the couch to chat for three hours. Remember: If you want to make a new friend, open some wine. If you don’t, open the door. –National Account Manager Jody Mosley’s pick

Someone Stole Your Baby Name! Aka Ballad of the First Aidan Mom: “I hope you don’t mind, but we were thinking of naming our baby [your child’s name].” Don’t let that happen to you! Remember: If you don’t say anything, your daughter “Olivia” will instead be known as “Olivia C. The blonde Olivia C.”

–Editor Dervla Kelly’s pick

Unspeakable Evil: Private Birthday Party – with a Bouncy Castle – at a Public Park: There is a special place in hell for parents who have their kid’s birthday party in a public park AND rent a bouncy castle. (And that hell is a never-ending kid’s birthday party with two bouncy castles.)Remember: It’s never too early to start resenting the kind-of rich kids. –Editorial Director Lindley Boegehold’s pick

"The most inappropriate parenting book I've ever read. Loved it." Jessica Seinfeld

 

Authors: By Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, and Mary Ann Zoellner

Imprint: Abrams Image

EAN: 9781419704598

Availability: In Stock

Publishing Date: 9/1/2012

Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4

Page Count: 176

Cover: Hardcover with jacket

 

New PIN IT to WIN IT giveaway!

As you may already know, the new Wimpy Kid 2013 calendar illustrated by Jeff Kinney will be available in August.  To celebrate we’re giving away four autographed copies of the calendar! Each 16-month back-to-school calendar includes:

  • 50 Diary of a Wimpy Kid stickers
  • All new original art work by Jeff Kinney
  • Interactive cartoon strips that allow kids to create their own comic strips
  • All of your favourite Wimpy Kid characters

To enter the giveaway, head to our Pinterest page (here) and simply re-pin the image below by 5pm on Friday, July 20th.  Each re-pin gets you one entry into the contest. The four winners will be chosen randomly and we’ll announce them this Friday. GOOD LUCK!

The Wimpy Kid 2013 Calendar Illustrated by Jeff Kinney

  • Authors:By Jeff KinneyDiary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • ISBN: 1-4197-0211-4
  • EAN: 9781419702112
  • Publishing Date: 8/1/2012
  • Trim Size: 12 x 12
  • Page Count: 24
  • Cover: Wall
  • Illustrations: Sticker