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WARNING! Spoiler Alert!

You know that movie that everyone has seen? Everyone but you? Have no fear! This book is here to solve all of your movie watching problems! ISBN: 9780762773848 Publisher: Globe Pequot CAD $14.50 Spoiler Alert is a great way to catch up on pop culture.  It's also the perfect way to prove to your friends that you know what you're talking when it comes to movies. Robb Pearlman gives away the ending of every movie you can think of to date! Sure, you could always watch the movie and find out. But that's time consuming and a maybe even a waste of time. Don't you just want to know? For example, if you haven't already seen it, at the end of The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg.... Just kidding! We'll let the book tell you all about it.

Don't you just want to know?


A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm

In her new memoir, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Barbara Walsh—who has interviewed killers, bad cops, and crooked politicians in the course of her career—faces the most challenging story of her lifetime: asking her father about his childhood pain. In the process, she takes us on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home; the other, into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets: a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death.

Sixty-eight years after the hurricane that claimed several of her ancestors, Walsh searches for memories of the August gale and the grandfather who abandoned her dad as a young boy. Together, she and her father journey to Newfoundland to learn about the 1935 storm, and along the way her dad begins to talk about the man he cannot forgive. As she recreates the scenes of the violent hurricane and a small boy's tender past, she holds onto a hidden desire: to heal her father and redeem the grandfather she has never met.

Pub date: October 18, 2011

August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm, By Barbara Walsh, ISBN 978-0-7627-6146-3, $27.50 CAN  Hardcover

Author Tour:

Saint John, NB - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 12:00pm Saint John Free Public Library

Fredericton, NB - Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 | 7:00pm Fredericton Public Library

Moncton, NB - Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 12:00pm Moncton Public Library

St. John’s NL - Friday, October 28, 2011 | 12:00pm A.C. Hunter Public Library

Marystown, NL - Saturday, October 29, 2011 | 7:00pm St. Gabriel’s Hall

St. John’s NL - Sunday, October 30, 2011 | 7:00pm The Ship Pub

Halifax, NS - Tuesday, November 1, 2011 | 7:00pm Keshen Goodman Public Library


Remembering 9/11

Reviewed by Iolanda Millar

If you ever thought a book couldn’t be more powerful than a video, or television, or a film, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. Two books crossed my desk that would change your mind. One is 9/11: The World Speaks, 9780762777990, $27.50 CDN, from Globe Pequot. The simplicity of the format is what makes this so powerful; they are cards written by visitors from around the world who came to the Tribute WTC Visitor Centre, detailing their thoughts about 9/11 and how it affected them. One English visitor simply wrote, “Why?” A French visitor wrote, “On Sept. 11, 2001, the whole world forgot their religions, their differences of colour, their political ideas. On September 11, the whole world was horrified.” There are of course some Canadian comments, including one from a Newfoundlander who’d opened her house to the floods of stranded tourists who ended up diverted from New York to the Maritimes. In the front of the book is a map showing all the countries where the writers came from, and it’s a pretty eclectic mix; this might make an excellent teaching tool as well.

The other book is Aftermath: World Trade Centre Archive, 9780714862125, $39.95 CDN, Phaidon by Joel Meyerowitz. It’s stunning - an oversized, 11” by 15’ full-colour photographic journal of what happened after the World Trade Centre fell. The photographs are astonishingly powerful, as are the stories behind them: a Broadway musician standing in the middle of the ruins, playing Taps as a personal salute to the fallen; a group of dirty, tired firemen, sitting on scrounged and absurdly expensive office chairs; the day members of the Arson Squad, digging in the ruins, were surrounded by swarms of Monarch butterflies, tapping on their helmets in the smoke, and one of them stood up and simply said, “Souls." Meyerowitz documented the eerie beauty of the ruins, but also the amazing faces of the firemen, policemen and construction workers who pulled it all so carefully apart, and quite often in constant danger. It’s a must-have book, and it will break your heart.

As anti-war, and anti-terrorism statements, I’d say these two are some of the best.


MANDAtory Reading 04.05.11

The always insightful and ever charming Dan Abrams was interviewed by Robert Cribb for his column in the Toronto Star. The article teaches you all kinds of interesting things about men and women and how women are better than men at pretty much everything. For example did you know that women are better competitive eaters and have better muscular endurance? Yessiree Bob.

The EXCELLENT Windsor Peak Press titles Baby 411 and Expecting 411 were excerpted by two stand-out Canadian parenting outlets. Today’s Parent explains the fascinatingly complex method of swaddling a baby, while Edmonton’s Child  sets you straight on some old wives tales.

For example: True or False? Avoiding peanuts during pregnancy will keep a child from developing a food allergy. The answer is....false. A recent definitive study in the New England Journal of Medicine put this myth to rest once and for all. It's okay to eat known allergens while you're pregnant. PB&J for everyone!

Dr. Ari Brown, co-author of the series was also interviewed in an article that ran in the Toronto Sun recently, check it out here.

Canadian House and Home featured Bunny Williams’ Scrapbook for Living and At Home with Town and Country in their roundup of what to read in April. Check out the gorgeous spread. I’ll take one of each please.

Culinary superstar Sanjeev Kapoor filmed a cooking segment on the national morning show Canada AM on Monday, April 4th. An excerpt of the butter chicken recipe he prepared has been posted on the CTV website should you decide to have a go. He also gave several interviews, including the Toronto Star, and signed books for a crowd of fans at the COSTCO East location in Markham. Much more to come for this drool-worthy book I assure you. We’re big, big fans.

Portraits of the Mind will be featured in the May issue of Chatelaine magazine along with an interview with the author, Carl Schoonover. It was also mentioned in the National Post which covered the Brainwave event celebrating Canada’s very first National Brain Awareness month at which Schoonover was a keynote speaker.

Never Mind the Bollards was briefly reviewed by Alan Cross on his website

“Yeah, he talks about the crosswalk the Beatles used for Abbey Road, but he also describes where the Verve shot the video for “Bittersweet Symphony” in London’s East End, the private boys school where everyone in Radiohead met and the town were Muse grew up. It’s pretty comprehensive.”

ISBN: 9780810984653; $25.95 CAN; Available Now

Kraken by Wendy Williams is scheduled to be reviewed on the popular blog Deep Sea News later this month.



Hailed by Wanderlust Magazine as a 'David & Goliath-style victory', independent publisher Bradt Travel Guides has come out tops in the annual Wanderlust Awards. Wanderlust further described Bradt as 'the small publisher whose engaging, well-written and highly detailed guides to exotic places continue to set a benchmark for quality.' Bradt's Managing Director, Donald Greig, commented 'We're thrilled to receive this award. Wanderlust readers are an adventurous and knowledgeable crowd having visited almost every single country in the world in the past year, so it means a lot to us to get such a strong seal of approval from them.'


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MANDAtory Reading 01-28-11

More great press for Jerry Robinson: An Ambassador of Comics with this excellent feature in the Toronto Star.  If you’re a comics fan, I strongly encourage you to check out the brilliant musings on Charles Kochman’s blog.  He is the editorial director for Abrams ComicArts and the individual who discovered Jeff Kinney at New York Comic Con.  Need I say more? The gorgeous book DOGS by Tim Flach is featured in the beautiful new online magazine Covet Garden.  This mag is drool worthy in a good way, kinda like Tim Flach’s stunning photography.


Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal was featured on and picked up on IMBD.  The book features over 300 illustrations and chronicles the history of the one and only Captain Marvel.  For the book trailer, check out our Youtube channel here.

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider (I LOVE her name, but don’t even think about asking me how to pronounce it!) will be featured in the March issue of Style at Home Magazine.  If getting organized is on your list of resolutions this year, you’re not alone.  Get organized is one of the top 10 New Years resolutions for 2011, second only to lose weight.

P.S. I Made This... was featured in the Living section of the Toronto Star this week.  The author takes crafts and fashion to a whole new level, and I dare say it works for both the young professional and her bratty little sister.

An interview with Jennifer Joyner, author of the heartfelt memoir Designated Fat Girl recently ran in The Province.  The book is a painfully honest account of Joyner’s experiences as an obese woman—of always having to buy new clothes that fit, pretending to order for two people at drive-through fast-food joints, not fitting into her wedding dress, and the cruel comments that haunted her. In the end, it is also a story of recovery and survival.

The beautiful book Chris Ofili will be featured in the April issue of House and Home Magazine. Ofili’s paintings often refer to his Nigerian heritage and the wider African-American and Afro-Caribbean experience.  The coolest part about his work is the incorporation of rather random materials such as sequins or map pins.  His trademark?  Varnished elephant dung! The book accompanies a major Tate exhibition.


Kris Carr is everywhere at the moment, promoting her hugely popular Crazy Sexy Diet book.  If you’re interested in experimenting with some of her alkaline recipes, check out her Raw Goddess Soup on Daily Squeeze, and Buddha Bowl on the House and Home blog.


Star Wars Visions was given tremendous treatment on the Canadian blog jedinews.  This book will appeal to anyone with an appreciation of fine art, especially those with a penchant for sci-fi.

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MANDAtory Reading List 12.06.2010

The Globe and Mail published their selection of the year's most spectacular coffee-table books last Saturday - click on Gwenyth below to view the web version.   

 On another note, is it just me, or does the Globe Style section just keep getting better and better? 

Moving along, the Vancouver Sun also published a booklist on Saturday, but focused on the top 10 lifestyle tomes of the season.  It included Bunny Williams Scrapbook for Living, Miller's Costume Jewelry, and The World Atlas of Whisky.  I found the list spot on!

Trying to nail down clever drink ideas for an upcoming holiday shin-dig?  Impress your guests with these creative cocktail recipes put together by the folks at the Calgary Herald. My particular favourite is the Tequila Mockingbird adapted from Drinkology by James Waller.

Letty Halloran Flatt, author of Chocolate Snowball, was recently profiled on the CBC's Cookbook Club.  For those of you seeking that gem of a cookie for your holiday bake swap - look no further.  The Linzer Heart Cookie recipe was reproduced along with the interview.  These cookies are SO adorable.

The Canadian Living Craft Blog gave away a copy of The Farm Chicks Christmas last week!  If you're a crafter do yourself a favour and keep this site on your blog roll.  They give stuff away a lot.

And finally, for gift ideas for the food fanatic on your list, I suggest taking a  look at this list of the best cookbooks of the year compiled by The Montreal Gazette.  Our favourites from the list?  Plenty by Diana Henry and Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian, your foodie friends will not be dissapointed.



POW! Irish Thunder Movie Tie-In

Irish ThunderOn October 19, 2010, Lyons Press is releasing a new edition of Irish Thunder (978-0-7627-6986-5), the stirring comeback story about boxer Micky Ward. The splashy, cinematic new cover will reference Paramount Pictures' The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale – the film will see a limited release on December 10 and will go nationwide a week later! PopWatch is saying this could be an Oscar contender. See for yourself: watch the trailer in HD on the Manda YouTube channel!