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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!

 

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.

Celebrating the Sleuth of Baker Street!

We all love checking out the latest "best of" list, especially when it comes to anything book-related (such as this Globe and Mail Best Bookstores in North America list or this list of the World's 10 Best Bookshops from the Guardian). Well, here's the latest list we've come across: 10 of the Coolest Niche Bookstores From Around the World. We are so happy to see that Toronto's Sleuth of Baker Street made this international list! Located at 907 Millwood Road (Toronto), this mystery book store is a must-visit for fans of Sherlock Holmes - as the article mentions, they even own a brick from the original 221B Baker St.

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CN Tower's EdgeWalk Claims Guinness World Record!

It was my great pleasure to formally deliver to Jack Robinson, COO of the the CN Tower, a certificate acknowledging the EdgeWalk as the World's highest external walk on a building.  The EdgeWalk measures 1,167.97 feet, or 356 metres high, and participants experience a walk on a 5 foot wide platform around the entire building.  It is another amazing example of the CN Tower pushing the envelope of what is possible and into the realm of Guinness World Record territory.  And for me, what a thrill to be able to present the certificate, (which was securely harnassed to my jumpsuit), to Jack Robinson on the actual platform itself!!

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A Beautiful Book Signing

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a book signing at Teatro Verde, in their gorgeous Yorkville location. Lisa Immordino Vreeland was there, doing media interviews and signing copies of her new book published by Abrams Books - Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (ISBN 9780810997431). The book is about the legendary fashion icon who worked at magazines Harper's Bazaar and Vogue — defining "allure" for females of her time. In addition to meeting Vreeland (and getting a book signed!), I got to watch Jeanne Beker interview her! It was such an honour to meet both of these strong women and see them interact.

Teatro Verde was the perfect spot to have this event, as they were able to pull up some comfortable chairs and set up a great environment for the signing. Their displays of the book, and all product in the store, is truly unique.

Here's Ellen, Teatro Verde's rep chatting with Vreeland:

Meeting an icon

Meeting an author is always inspiring and wonderful, but knowing that I would be seeing Roger Ebert this past Friday made me even more excited than usual.

Despite Ebert's battle with cancer and multiple surgeries, he is still going strong - I always turn to his movie reviews before even thinking about going to the theatre, and his blog gave a good idea of which movies to look for at this year's TIFF festival. Adding to his plethora of written material, he has now published a memoir called Life Itself giving insight into a life worth examining.

The signing took place at Theatre Books, where Mr. Ebert's wife, Chaz, introduced herself to everyone that came in and showed a genuine interest in getting to know her husband's fans. There was even a surprise visit from legendary Canadian director Norman Jewison!

Visitors ranged from die-hard fans arriving with collections of his books to young students who happened to see the sign about a book signing and jumped at the opportunity to meet a legend. Mr. Ebert graciously agreed to personalize autographs and shook hands with those that were eager.

Life Itself is available from Grand Central Publishing (ISBN 9780446584975).

Guinness World Records: Drummer Raises Money for Cancer

Donations have been pouring in from supporters as Steve Gaul of Burlington Ontario drums his way to an ambitious $100,000 goal, and hopefully a new Guinness World Record.  Steve is raising money for Cancer, one beat at a time.

For more on Steve Gaul and his inspiring story, you can check out the full story at The Toronto Star, or to watch a live stream of the attempt please visist www.thescore.com or click on the flash player above.

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David Ward reading at Harbourfront, and book giveaway

Above is a clip of David Ward reading from his new book, Between Two Ends (Amulet; ISBN 9780810997141). The reading took place at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as part of ALOUD: A Celebration for Young Readers. This is part of Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, the largest children's literary event in Canada with over 8000 young readers attending from May 11-12, 2011. For more information on these hugely successful events please see here and here. Thank you to the event organizers and hosts, and David Ward himself! You were all so helpful and we really appreciate being able to get some video coverage.

Between Two Ends, by David WardWe're giving away a signed copy of Between Two Ends at YAgazine.ca, our website for young readers, so head over there now to enter!

David Ward was born in Montreal and grew up in Vancouver. He was an elementary school teacher for eleven years before completing his master's degree. He is the author of the Grassland trilogy and is a writer and university instructor in children's literature. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their three children. Visit his website!

Amulet Books is an imprint of ABRAMS.

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Not Your Typical Book Event

Don Pyle is a musician and producer most in the world of punk would envy. The Toronto artist has made a name for himself over the past thirty years by photographing, producing and playing a slew of punk music of the highest calibre (he studied at Runnymede Collegiate Institute and has played with numerous punk bands) that instantly infects die hard fans, new listeners and innocent bystanders.  As a producer he has worked with The Sadies, John Doe, The Two Koreas, Iggy Pop and photographed such iconic artists as Patti Smith, The Ugly, The Curse, Vibrators, The Diodes, The Viletones, The Ramones, Teenage Head, The Clash, David Bowie and Blondie. On May 04, 2011, the man formerly a part of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, will debut his book Trouble in the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto’s Punk History 1976-1980 and take us for a spin through his raw, moody, electric photographs of Toronto’s punk past.  Expect the most and prepare for the best when The Ugly take the stage after Liz Worth’s inquisition.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West Doors open at 7:00; Event starts at 8:00 Admission is $8.00 or FREE with a book purchase

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Meet Mr. Funny Pants: Michael Showalter [Manda Digital Exclusive]

On March 16, 2011, comedian, actor, writer and director Michael Showalter performed a stand-up show at Toronto's Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. He was in town on the tail end of a North American tour promoting his new book, Mr. Funny Pants (Grand Central Publishing; ISBN 9780446542104). Manda asked him a few questions before a book signing the next day at Type Books on Queen Street West. Enjoy! (Warning: coarse language.)

For more info visit michaelshowalter.net and hachettebookgroup.com.

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Scott Pilgrim Autograph Session in Toronto!!!

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Box SetCalling all Scott Pilgrim Fans. To celebrate the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on DVD, HMV is hosting an exclusive meet & greet with Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, as well as director Edgar Wright and cast member Ellen Wong. Head down to 333 Yonge Street this Friday, November 5th at 12:30pm to meet the Scott Pilgrim crew and have them autograph one, two, or the whole series of graphic novels! The first 75 people in line will also receive a double pass to the Fan Screening and Q&A at Bloor Cinema.

For more info on all things Scott Pilgrim click HERE.

Scott Pilgrim HMV Signing

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