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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.

Icons

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.

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!

 

 

 

Visiting for IFOA: MARK BILLINGHAM, MONS KALLENTOFT & MICHAEL ROBOTHAM

We here at Manda were all very excited and thankful on Tuesday when Billingham, Robotham & Kallentoft, three exceptional crime & mystery authors, stopped by our office to tell us a bit about themselves and their books. All three made appearances at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors as stops on their North American tours. They happen to be incredibly entertaining! If you made it out to see them you may have been privy to some hilarious anecdotes about getting hate mail from avid Phil Collins fans, writing novels set in frigid climates while beach lounging, and buying your book for $60 dollars in Sweden.

Mark Billingham, a Londoner who gave up a career in stand-up comedy to write thrillers,  read excerpts from his newest novel Rush of Blood (Little, Brown - 9781847444226) on Tuesday. He also participated in a round table talk on violence and realism last night. While you may be familiar with Billingham's best sellers starring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, his most recent book is a departure from the series. He was so inspired by his friends’ bizarre holiday story that he “had to have it." His new novel is a cautionary tale about making friends while on vacation - with a few murders thrown in for good measure.

The round table talk at IFOA also featured crime-writer, Mons Kallentoft, visiting all the way from Sweden. At the festival, he read from the first three books in his award winning Malin Fors series published by Hachette Australia: Midwinter Sacrifice (9781444739930), Summertime Death (9781444721577), and Autumn Killing (9781444721621). Often compared by Swedish media to Stieg Larson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the books feature a strong female detective, Malin Fors, as she investigates murders and kidnappings in the little town of Linköping, Sweden. During his Manda visit, Mons joked that one of the advantages of writing from the perspective of a strong heroine is that women often believe that he may understand them better than their husbands.

Michael Robotham is an australian mystery writer known especially for his terrifying storylines and gripping suspense. He read at Studio Theatre from his most recent novel. In Say You’re Sorry (Sphere - 9781847445254) a clinical psychologist named Joe O’Loughlin convinces the police to reopen a cold case involving the disappearance of two teenage girls when two new dead bodies are uncovered. His new thriller has been praised by the likes of Stephen King and David Baldacci as exceptional. Fortunately Robotham’s so down to earth that his major concern is being "uninvited to dinner parties" by friends who think the  psychotic characters in his novel might reflect something about his own nature. More likely, his friends will be so impressed that invitations will be especially forthcoming!

Rankin on Rebus

If you're a fan of Ian Rankin's, you will know who Detective Inspector John Rebus is. As we announced back in June, Rankin is bringing Rebus back in a new book coming in November and the author is so excited to share it with his Canadian audience, he even made this video for us! If you just can't get enough, here's another (slightly longer) video of Rankin discussing why he came back to the character and what we can expect from this book. Standing in Another Man's Grave releases in hardcover and paperback on November 6, 2012. 9781409144717 (Hardcover) 9781409144724 (Paperback)

Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced!

We are so excited to see one of Hachette UK's titles: The Teleportation Accident among the list of Man Booker Prize nominees! If the cover alone doesn't make you want to read this book, then maybe this description will: "a historical novel that doesn't know what year it is; a noir novel that turns all the lights on; a romance novel that arrives drunk to dinner; a science fiction novel that can't remember what 'isotope' means; a stunningly inventive, exceptionally funny, dangerously unsteady and (largely) coherent novel about sex, violence, space, time, and how the best way to deal with history is to ignore it."

We can't wait to see how this book does and wish the best of luck to all the other nomiees!

Hardcover (ISBN 9780340998427) available from Sceptre 8/7/12 ($34.99 CAD) Paperback (ISBN 9780340998434) available 9/4/12 ($24.99 CAD)

Beat the heat with these cool books!

Summer has come down hot & heavy in the last month and we have a few book suggestions that will certainly cool you off or help you embrace the heat! Chai Tea Sunday (ISBN 9781770410824) $14.95 CAD/ ECW Press Written by first time author, Toronto-based Heather A. Clark, this book is set in Kenya; which will definitely make you feel like you're in an oasis by comparison.

Everything Ice Cream Gelato and Frozen Desserts Cookbook (ISBN 9781440524974) $18.99 CAD/ Adams Media If you can't get away from the soaring temperatures, fixing yourself a nice frozen snack will at least make the summer more bearable!

Big Book of Sharks (ISBN 9781603209304) $16.95/ Time Home Entertainment Shark Week is coming up next month and this book is the best way to prepare yourself for one of the best weeks of television that 2012 will have to offer!

Remember: keep cool, stay hydrated, and read a book this summer!

The New Snow White

Everyone knows the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It was and still is a Disney classic. This is not that story. This is the story of Snow White & The Huntsman. Publisher: Hachette Book Group ISBN: 9780316213271 CAD $13.99

With a breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale, Snow White must find her own happy ending.

In this twisted new version, in order to keep her magic and beauty from dying, the evil Queen Ravenna must consume a heart that is pure! She sends the Huntsman into the Dark Forest to retrieve Snow White after she flees the kingdom. But will he kill her? Or train her to become the greatest warrior the kingdom has ever known?

Make sure you go and see the major motion picture based on this story, in theaters now!

What's your take on the new Snow White? Let us know!

For the Ian Rankin Fans

Ian Rankin fans rejoice! After an absence of five years, the Orion Publishing Group has announced the return of Detective Inspector John Rebus. So popular is this series, the fictional detective even has a Facebook page! The new novel is called STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE and will be published on November 6, 2012.  ISBN 9781409144724, $24.99 CAD.

Rebus’ retirement in 2007 brought a huge outcry from his fans and his return will be one of the most hotly anticipated literary events of 2012.

The Serpent's Shadow Exclusive Trailer!

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The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow, is the third novel in the eagerly-awaited new series from New York Times #1 best-selling author, Rick Riordan. 

He's b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.

To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent’s shadow . . . or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld . . .

THE KANE CHRONICLES: THE SERPENT'S SHADOW By Rick Riordan ◊ $21.99, ISBN: 9781423140573 ◊ Disney Hyperion

And the Band Played On...

My eagerness to read this book was peaked by the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. I did not expect to plow through it in 3 days, though. What a fascinating story! Most non-fiction literature about the Titanic that I have come across focuses on the sinking, how it could have been prevented, and ends shortly after the survivors are picked up. This book, however, was written by the grandson of a young violinist who famously went down with the ship and gives an in depth look not only at one family's aftermath of the tragedy, but also the recovery of the floating dead, and the way the White Star Line handled the disaster. A great read that didn't have me bored for a second. Available from Hodder & Stoughton, $16.99, ISBN 9781444707960

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!

James Patterson's Private Series is Infectious!

Having James Patterson's name on a book cover is enough to intrigue some readers to pick it up. For those of you who don't fit into this fan-base, and don't know where to start in the multitude of books available from this author, I wanted to highlight a fairly new series which caught my attention after hearing a rave review from our office manager. The series started in 2010 with Private, which introduces former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan now running a private investigation company. The second book in the series is Private: #1 Suspect, and the third, coming out on February 13th 2012 is called Private Games (ISBN 9780316206822).

 

The upcoming book is part of the series, but can stand on its own since it had mostly new characters. The story is set in London leading up to and during the 2012 summer Olympic Games. If you're looking for a book to take your mind off the dreary winter weather, check this one out!

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A MANDA FAVOURITE - SIGNED BOOK GIVEAWAY

If there was one book that set our office abuzz this fall, it had to be When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman.  I was  halfway through the book when it dawned on me that it was really something special.  Family, friendship (Jenny Penny will break your heart), relationships of all shapes and sizes are examined and flushed out and made vulnerable before she patches them up to give the reader a renewed sense of hope. The book examines many tragedies (heartbreak, loss of innocence, death, estrangement) all with an eccentric twist that captivates and keeps you reading.  Winman writes with a simple elegance, a light hand that never feels contrived.  I admittedly shed a few tears, but had just as many laughs (out loud - she is funny) and cannot wait for this debut author to come out with another. 

If you're looking for a book to give your mom, best friend, or favourite colleague this holiday season, let it be When God Was a Rabbit.  And if you have a spare moment, leave us a comment below, or like our post on Facebook to win your very own signed copy.

Click HERE for an intimate interview with Manda's Chris Hickey in discussion with the author, Sarah Winman.

When God Was a Rabbit, by Sarah Winman / $24.99, ISBN: 9780755379293 / Hachette Book Group

 

 

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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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Hear Me Out!

"Who would want to listen to a book on cd? You can't sing along to that... " was definitely my reaction when first considering audio books. More recently, however, my viewpoint has shifted as I've found the radio to be increasingly repetitive and commercial-filled. Being an avid lover of books and daily being stuck in Toronto traffic led me try out audio books.Now I can't stop!

The first audio book I tried was Michael Moore's Here Comes Trouble (ISBN 9781600244698). Not being a big fan of Moore's, I did not expect to have a strong reaction to this book. Once I got over the surprise of how soft-spoken Moore is, I became completely engrossed in the book and listened to all 10 CD's within a week.

The next audio book that I was very eager to listen to was Ellen Degeneres's Seriously... I'm Kidding (ISBN 9781609410414). Although the book is fabulous as well, I believe that being able to hear Ellen reading this greatly enhanced the experience.

Next, I plan on popping in Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris (ISBN 9781600244995). This book is a collection of short stories featuring animals and should be interesting to say the least.

To sum up my I-now-love-audio-books rant, I found that audio books have given us a different way to experience literature, and are a great way to kill time when sitting in your vehicle for hours wishing you could be on your couch reading a book!

All of the above books are available from Hachette Audio.

Finally in Paperback!

If a Man Booker shortlisted author is not enough to get you to read this book, maybe the subject matter will. You don’t often hear Gregor Mendel’s name come up in fiction books, but this one manages to weave historical fiction with the present day to create a story that you won’t be able to stop reading. The book is told from the perspective of geneticist Dr. Benedict Lambert, distant relative of Mendel himself and also a dwarf. His personal and professional lives are changing dramatically as he looks for the secrets of his own DNA while also looking for a personal connection. A dark and heart-wrenching read, this was first published in 1997, and is now out in paperback. Available now from Abacus  (ISBN 9780349000053) CDN$14.99