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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 Sneakpeek.ca 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 01-13-11

Move over Lisbeth Salander, there’s a new Scandinavian crime thriller in town and it plans on sticking around for a while!  THREE SECONDS swiftly snagged the #9 spot on the NYT bestseller list this week after only a brief time in bookstores.  We have a feeling this early success is just the tip of the iceberg for Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström.  Read it people, you won’t be disappointed.

Jerry Robinson’s new coffee table tome  Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics was profiled on Sneakpeek and picked up by IMBD. If you’re a comics fan, you’ll know that Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics, and a member of the original Batman team.

The Montreal Gazette suggests the book YUCK! The Things People Eat may help folks lose a few pounds. Check out the article here and let us know what you think of this... um, unique weight-loss technique. 

For all of you Design-y types, guess who’s coming to Toronto for IDS11?  You’ll never guess so I’m just gonna spill it...Allegra Hicks!  Allegra will be on stage speaking with Amy Verner from the Globe and Mail at 4PM on Saturday, January 29th and signing copies of her new book Allegra Hicks: An Eye For Design directly after. Click here for more information.  If you weren’t planning on attending the show but are interested in Allegra’s spring decorating tips and learning more about the book, she is scheduled to be a guest on The Marilyn Denis Show Friday, January 28th.

Lastly, if you haven’t yet heard of Kris Carr, I would like to make the formal introduction now.  Kris is a Cancer survivor who has transformed the way she eats, lives and views the world and it all started with a low-glycemic, vegetarian diet.  Her program focuses on balancing the pH of the body with whole and raw foods, organic green drinks, and smoothies.  If this sounds complicated – trust me, she explains it much better than I ever could!  Her New Book Crazy Sexy Diet debunks diet myths, shares tips on how to detox safely, and even how to grocery shop!  It is witty, accessible, powerful, and beautifully illustrated.  Enough said.  See this month’s Best Health Magazine for a review.

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