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Greta (Thunberg) and the Giants - New Picture Book Releasing November 2019

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FRANCES LINCOLN CHILDREN'S BOOKS WILL PUBLISH THE FIRST FICTIONALIZED PICTURE BOOK INSPIRED BY GRETA THUNBERG

On Friday, September 27, 2019 millions of Canadians joined Greta Thunberg on the streets to demand climate justice! 🌎 We’re thrilled to announce Quarto Kids will be releasing the first fictionalized picture book for young readers inspired by the Greta’s story of global climate activism. Greta and the Giants will publish on 19 November 2019. It tells the story of a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants until there is hardly any forest left. The animals beg her to do something. But how can one little girl be heard when the giants seem so powerful?

Told as an allegory, an additional section at the back includes information about Greta Thunberg's life, how readers can help her in her fight against the giants, as well as notes for teachers and parents.

Written by Zoe Tucker and illustrated by Zoë Persico, this book has an important message about caring for our planet. It’s printed on 100% recycled paper and when you buy a copy, you will be making a donation of 3% of the cover price to Greta Thunberg endorsed charities; Greenpeace in the UK and 350.org in the US,. ♻️

Greta Thunberg's team has approved the book and considers it "a valuable and interesting project".

For more information please contact one of our account representatives or visit www.quarto.com.

Pub date: November 19th 2019 | 9780711253773 | Ages 4–7 | CAN $23.99 | 100% recycled paper

Pub date: November 19th 2019 | 9780711253773 | Ages 4–7 | CAN $23.99 | 100% recycled paper

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Book Spotlight: The Mood Book: Crystals, Oils, and Rituals to Elevate Your Spirit #crystals #mindfulnessmonday

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Manage your moods and change negatives into positives with this ritual-based guide to essential oils, meditations, mantras, crystal healing, and more.

How are you feeling? The Mood Book wants to know! Organized into easy-to-follow sections based on your frame of mind, it contains powerful self-care treatments for elevating your spirits. Inside, you’ll uncover suggestions for anxiety-relieving baths, essential oils, and crystals; guided meditations to find your Zen; physical exercises to boost your confidence; aromatherapy to enhance romance, and flowers for healing. Sequenced around five different moods, this delightfully illustrated book also includes quizzes and advice on optimizing your life and environment.

Crystals are a fun and unique way to help direct and influence that energy towards greater health when used with the right intention.
— Amy Leigh Mercree | O, The Oprah Magazine

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Sterling Publishing: Children's Book Reviews Round-Up

Sam Wu is still totally NOT scared. Even though he’s already demonstrated his bravery by conquering a ghost (Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts, 2018), Sam somehow once again finds himself trying to shake the nickname “Scaredy-Cat Sam.” After an embarrassing incident during a school trip to the aquarium, he and his friends face a beach birthday party and the twin specters of swimming (turns out his brainy friend Bernard can’t swim) and sharks (obviously). He notes, in his characteristically wry way, that “apparently, bravery is something you have to prove over and over again.” This second installment, like Sam, seems anxious of venturing beyond the surf; it largely clings to the format of the first book, nearly act for act. Nonetheless, it should find its readers, who may find comfort and confidence in following Sam’s incremental growth. Additional time spent with Na-Na, Sam ‘s sharp and sassy grandmother, reveals more about Sam’s family’s Hong Kong origins and highlights a loving, realistic, intergenerational relationship. Foodies will enjoy the additional references to Chinese fare—one memorable scene finds Sam, white-skinned Bernard, and darker-skinned Zoe happily chewing on grilled squid. While Reed’s Na-Na isn’t a particularly compelling image of a Hong Kong grandma, readers will otherwise appreciate the illustrations’ big-eyed humor as well as the dynamic type styling, graphics, and page design. A sequel skittish of unchartered waters still finds its way.
— Kirkus Reviews
Mirabel is a shy mouse with lots of determination. Despite her nervousness she makes Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates. In spite of her trepidation, she slowly makes her way to school on the fateful day. Unbeknownst to her, the cards have fallen from a hole in her bag and have brightened the day of each person (animal) who picked one up—a lonely lady, construction workers, a busy papa, a jogger, a garbage man. Arriving at school with an empty bag Mirabel cried, “I’ve lost my Valentines!!” Hearing her cry, smiling folks return her cards and thanking her for sharing them, if only for a little while. Emboldened by unintentionally making new friends, Mirabel joins in the fun at party time. As she skips home from school, her pals slip more valentines into her bag. Lawler’s rhyming text is a pleasure to read. Using muted colors and plenty of detail, Mueller’s digital illustrations are warm and cozy with a small town feel. The opening endpapers depict Mirabel’s path to school and the folks she’ll encounter while the back pages depict those same folks exchanging their own valentines. VERDICT This sweetly inspiring story of a timid mouse stepping outside her comfort zone is a winner. Great for Valentine’s or any day.
— School Library Journal
Cocca-Leffler draws an easy metaphor between growing children and growing potted plants in this relatable story. El and Jo are the smallest students in their class, and they do everything together (“Even their names were short”). One spring, though, Jo starts to grow, just like the plants that the students will care for at home over the summer; neither El nor her plant, though, grow any taller. While Jo is away all summer, the girls exchange letters and El plants both of the flowers in the garden. Finally, Jo arrives home to find that both of the plants have bloomed—and she and El are the same height. Cocca-Leffler proffers a reassuring message to readers: no two growing up experiences are alike, and one develops at one’s own pace. A note on plant life cycles concludes.
— Publisher's Weekly
This picture book biography introduces young readers to the Hollywood legend famous for her beauty and the many hit movies in which she starred throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and her passion for science and technology. Lamarr’s zeal is conveyed superbly. Growing up in Austria in the 1920s, she wanted to understand how things worked. She took apart her toys to study their mechanisms and, during long walks with her father, explored subjects ranging from streetcars to the night sky. She also reenacted her favorite scenes from movies on a stage she built beneath her father’s desk. Wallmark brings Lamarr to life by including quotes from her subject. During World War II, Lamarr worked with another inventor on technology called frequency hopping, which is still in use today and allows users to send and receive secure cell phone messages and protect computers from hackers. The back matter includes a spread detailing frequency-hopping in more depth. Vibrant digital artwork expands upon the text by showcasing a handful of Lamarr’s other inventions and using period details to convey the golden era of Hollywood. VERDICT A must for both school and public libraries, especially where collections are looking to increase their STEM holdings and round out biography collections with women working in science.
— School Library Journal
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In this debut picture book, Deenihan offers a charmingly literal rendition of the proverbial phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” with a colorful and cute story of a child who gets an unwanted birthday gift from grandma: a lemon tree. Once her mischievous plots to rid herself of the tree fail, a fruitful alternative arises: nurture the tree to make lemonade to sell in order to get what she really wants. In addition to the comical efforts of the girl, this playful picture book showcases the concept of delayed gratification. The girl truly has to wait for good things to come to fruition, and once they do, she makes some surprising choices (perhaps just what Grandma wanted). These concepts are enhanced by the eyecatching colors, bold cartoon figures with deeply expressive faces, and diverse cast of characters in Rocha’s illustrations, which are filled with plenty of fun background details to pore over. A nice complement to Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street (2015) or Katherine Pryor’s Zora’s Zucchini (2015).
— Booklist
A girl discovers that her passions can help her make sense of a difficult skill. Bug is a girl who loves drawing bugs more than anything else, “especially math.” When her teacher, Mrs. Muskie, announces that they will go to the science museum, which has a cool bug room, if the class performs well on the upcoming math test, Bug takes the challenge seriously. She goes to a field to study but, frustratingly, finds herself continually distracted by new bugs to draw. After several failed attempts, she realizes that her doodles hold the visual key to understanding the math problems: adding spots on a butterfly’s wings and subtracting the number of ants that drop their seeds. Notably, Koontz acknowledges her young character’s agency by having Bug independently come to this revelation and later calmly assist Mrs. Muskie when Bug’s “lucky crickets” (stashed in her lunchbox to help with the test) get in her hair. The latter moment offers a spot of fun for Bug’s multiracial classmates. Pale-skinned Bug is precocious with her short, light-brown hair, rolled-up pants, and antenna headband; Mrs. Muskie has brown skin and a “cloud of curly hair.” Proud’s illustrations in pencil and acrylic take on the style of doodles themselves, with pronounced, colored outlines and circular eyes for characters and bugs alike. The crawling critters appear charming instead of off-putting. A respectful boost of encouragement for young minds that may be struggling with school.
— Kirkus Reviews
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A picture-book celebration of individuality and diversity. Helig and Hembrook’s text opens with the lines, “In all the world over, / this much is true: / You’re somebody special. / There’s only one you.” The art depicts a white-appearing child with red pigtails, first on the floor, drawing, beside a big dog, then getting dressed as the dog sits on the bed and a woman, also white, peeks in. The next scene depicted in the digital, car toon-style art shows the child hugging the woman and about to get on a school bus with a gaggle of diverse children with varying skin tones, hair textures and colors, and visible disabilities (one child wears a hearing aid, another wears glasses, a third uses a forearm crutch, and a fourth uses a wheelchair). As the rhyming text continues, it celebrates the diversity of these children not just in terms of their identities, but by commenting on their personalities, their talents, and ultimately their families. At book’s end, the first child is revealed to have two moms when they both pick her up at the end of the school day, the family dog in tow. “Families are families, / but soon you will find / that each can be different— / a ‘best for them’ kind,” reads the accompanying, inclusive text. Affirming and welcome.
— Kirkus Reviews
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A bonanza of possibilities opens up for Moose, Bear, and Squirrel, three forest companions. There are two outcomes, one unremarkable and the other outlandish, for each of many causes, starting with the first page of the story. “When a tree grows,” it can become either a “scratching post for Moose’s itchy antlers,” or it can crash and fall, waking up Bear, who can do one of two things. And so it continues, as Moose encounters a truck, which leads Squirrel to set off for the city for a “job at Nifty Nuts as a quality control inspector.” Or not, which could lead to either a career as an actor or to his missing Moose and home. Which leads to an awesome “Welcome Home party,” which leads to—and the book concludes with—an even more awesome Edenic forest setting for reading, lounging, and just being one’s animal self. The text and the colorful digital illustrations work together in this silly but entertaining tale. Each verso page is busily filled with action and onomatopoeia while the corresponding recto page highlights one of the characters. The bottom right of this page features an image of a turned-up flap and a large “OR…” providing quick pacing for each far-fetched but why-not outcome. Laugh along as a story about a tree in the forest comes full circle, bringing three creatures along for a bumpy but fun ride.
— Kirkus Reviews

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Epic New Fantasy from A.G. Howard! @abramsbooks #fantasybooks

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After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal. As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an imposter princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

PRAISE

A decadent fantasy anchored in childhood delights with vibrantly detailed writing and brilliantly theatrical subplots.
— Kirkus Reviews
Howard’s latest stand-alone fantasy is a sensuous reimagining set in a distinctly Gothic world; perfect for fans of the author and readers seeking darker retellings.
— School Library Journal
An emotionally complex tale of fate, inner beauty, and found family that illustrates the strength of love born from friendship.
— Publishers Weekly

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Beautiful Book Trailers from @Phaidon #fall #books

Lucian Freud
The only comprehensive retrospective on one of the great painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: 2-volume Set
Size: 353 x 273 mm (13 7/8 x 10 3/4 in)
Pages: 616 pp
Illustrations: 486 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714875262

With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud.

Lucian Freud was one of the most significant artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and Phaidon is honoured to publish the most complete retrospective of his career to date.

This sumptuous, definitive set is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between David Dawson – Director of the Lucian Freud Archive and for two decades Freud’s assistant, model, and friend – author Martin Gayford, and editor Mark Holborn.

Their collaboration has resulted in a book that goes beyond the work to reveal insights into the man himself. Gayford describes Freud’s determination always to tell the truth about what he was recording in paint. He believed in a found beauty, not one that was imagined by an artist and then imposed on his subject. He painted what he saw, in exquisite detail, and he found it beautiful.

With more than 480 illustrations, Phaidon celebrates that beauty – evoked in portraits of Freud’s friends and family, his lovers, his neighbours, and others whose looks he liked, from his bookmaker to a bank robber.

This is both a vital contribution to art scholarship and a gorgeous addition to the bookshelves of art lovers around the world.

With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud. See more: https://bit.ly/2x4kPkr

Kate by Mario Sorrenti
Intimate, never-before-published photographs taken just before Kate Moss's rise to fame, in one elegant volume

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 308 x 292 mm (12 1/8 x 11 1/2 in)
Pages: 120 pp
Illustrations: 50 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714876801

This gorgeously produced book features intimate, never-before-published portraits of a young and undiscovered Kate Moss, taken in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend, Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti. Seen by Calvin Klein, the photographs gave life to the famous Obsession campaign, which launched Moss to international superstardom.

Sumptuously reproduced in tritone and presented in a cloth-covered clamshell box, Kate is a stunning photographic portfolio of one of contemporary culture's most iconic figures. It includes tipped-on images on the book and clamshell box's covers, plus an introductory essay by Sorrenti, which puts the work in its uniquely personal context.

This book, which celebrates the dawn of two legendary careers, and the start of the highly influential aesthetic of 1990s fashion photography, is a must-have for Kate Moss's fans, for fashion devotees, and for lovers of traditional portraiture and fashion photography.

This gorgeously produced book features never-before-published portraits of a young and undiscovered Kate Moss, taken in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend, Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti. See more: https://bit.ly/2MizRc1

Atlas of Brutalist Architecture
Big. Bold. Brutal. 850 awe-inspiring buildings in one beautiful large-format volume

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 340 x 240 mm (13 3/8 x 9 1/2 in)
Pages: 560 pp
Illustrations: 1000 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714875668

This is the only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions.

878 Buildings, 798 Architects, 102 Countries, 9 World Regions, 1 Style BRUTALISM

Presented in an oversized format with a specially bound case with three-dimensional finishes, 1000 beautiful duotone photographs throughout bring the graphic strength, emotional power, and compelling architectural presence of Brutalism to life.

From 20th century masters to contemporary architects, much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond - 102 countries in all.

Twentieth-century masters included in the book: Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Ernö Goldfinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, and Paul Rudolph.

Contemporary architects featured include Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, David Chipperfield, Diller and Scofidio, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, OMA, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid.

From the publisher of This Brutal World.

Big. Bold. Brutal. The only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions. See more: https://bit.ly/2NAmyIv

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
A chronicle of Grace Coddington's formative years at Vogue, now available as a jacketed paperback

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Format: Paperback
Size: 202 x 262 mm (8 x 10 5/8 in)
Pages: 408 pp
Illustrations: 310 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714878003

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in British and American Vogue from 1972 to 2002, stories created by the iconic fashion editor Grace Coddington. Both monograph and memoir, the book shows how Coddington transformed static studio portraiture into modern vivid tableaux and turned location shoots into cinematic narratives.

Grace's commentary gives behind-the-scenes insight into many famous images and fashion personalities, from the iconic shoot of a bikinied Naomi Campbell in Irving Penn's studio to Steven Meisel's boundary-pushing grunge aesthetic in nineties Vogue. This volume features photography by Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Cecil Beaton, Guy Bourdin, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, among others.

First published in 2002 and reissued by Phaidon in 2015 to great success, this paperback, midi-sized edition includes forewords by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in British and American Vogue from 1972 to 2002, stories created by the iconic fashion editor Grace Coddington. See more: https://bit.ly/2NwDdMZ

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After going viral, and attracting international press attention, Aydin Büyüktas's Mind-Bending Images are now available in a gorgeous coffee-table book!

Aydin Büyüktas’ photographs are a bit like the first plunge on a rollercoaster. The scene plummets away from you, leaving you disoriented yet giddy and just a bit unsettled as you try to make sense of just what you’re seeing.
— WIRED
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Lannoo Publishers | 9789401454407

ABOUT THE BOOK

An American football pitch as a skateboard ramp and the Aya Sofia as a rollercoaster: the images by Turkish photographer Aydin Büyüktas are literally mind-bending. After going viral, they are now finally also available in book format, including entirely new images and a making-of, which shows the photographer's working methods with drone technology. His brainchild Flatland is named after Edwin Abbott Abbott's satire book about a two-dimensional world populated by geometric figures, from which certain parts have been included in this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aydin Büyüktas is a photographer and visual artist. His Flatland series was well-received by international press and was featured by Wired, The Times and many others.

Aydin Büyüktas bends brains with dizzyingly distorted views of...landscapes.
— Designboom

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THE DRESS AND THE GIRL #picturebooks #starredreviews

“Andros’s words are well matched with Morstad’s evocative artwork, conjuring a gentle, lyrical version of what used to be the dominant American immigration story.”
— The New York Times
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Abrams Books | 9781419731617

ABOUT THE BOOK

A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way home. One day, the dress and the girl must leave the island and immigrate to the United States. Upon arrival, the girl is separated from the trunk carrying her favorite dress, and she fears her dress is lost forever. Many years later, the girl—now all grown up—spots the dress in a thrift store window. As the two are finally reunited, the memories of their times together come flooding back. While the girl can no longer wear the dress, it’s now perfect for her own daughter—and the new journey of a girl and her dress begins. Featuring lush illustrations, The Dress and the Girl is a stunning picture book about memory and the power of the items we hold most dear.

Morstad’s (House of Dreams, 2018, etc.) clean illustrations expertly evoke the era through a nostalgic color palette and the (unnamed) locations through carefully chosen details. The opening and closing spreads echo each other, reinforcing the theme of connection. Immigrant stories are perennially relevant, and the rarely seen 20th-century Greek setting is refreshing.
— Kirkus Reviews
In perfect juxtaposition, the spare, lyrical text is completed by images that capture time, place, and essence. There is a quiet wisdom to this book that asks us to look around and take note and allow time to work its magic.
— Booklist
Together, the carefully crafted text and gorgeous illustrations pair to tell a truly extraordinary tale. A delightful picture book with an important story to be told. Recommended for sharing again and again. **STARRED REVIEW**
— School Library Journal
The lyrical text and evocative art will make readers linger.
— Publishers Weekly

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Camille Andros has made her home in Israel, Utah, Arizona, California, Ohio, Nevada, and, now, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has her BA in health science, is an EMT, and danced ballet for fourteen years. Julie Morstad is an award-winning artist living with her family in Vancouver. She is the illustrator of many books for children, including Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, When Green Becomes Tomatoes, and This Is Sadie.

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MULHOLLAND BOOKS to publish LETHAL WHITE by Robert Galbraith on September 18, 2018

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‘I seen a kid killed.... He strangled it, up by the horse'

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that…

 

Praise for Career of Evil, the third in the Strike series

Strike and Robin are just as magnetic as ever.
— New York Times
Career of Evil is the third—and best—novel in the engaging Cormoran Strike private detective series. . . . [Galbraith has] invented a serial killer for the ages, one who chills us from the book’s grim but riveting opening. . . . This perfectly paced mystery is packed with surprises, all of which play out with flawless crime-fiction logic.
— USA Today, Four Star Review
Pure pleasure. . . . That’s what makes these novels so good: They are clever, tightly plotted mysteries with all of the most pleasurable elements of the genre (good guy, bad guy, clues, twists, murder!), but with stunning emotional and moral shading.
— NPR
Hugely entertaining . . . This gifted storyteller has taken full command of the new turf. . . . Career of Evil succeeds powerfully on its own terms.
— Chicago Tribune
Another triumph . . . Its darkness is mitigated by its sparkling protagonists.
— People

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. The three previous Strike novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015) all topped the national and international bestseller lists and were adapted for a major television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

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Bookstore Highlight - Vancouver Special @van_special #bookstore #canada

Have we told you yet how much we're obsessed with Vancouver Special?  When it opened in April 2008, we couldn't believe there was finally a store devoted to high quality and AFFORDABLE (!!!!) Scandinavian and Japanese design. It is a mini sanctuary just on the edge of Vancouver's bustling downtown core. They offer an incredible selection of contemporary furniture, sofas, design objects, household accessories, and art and architecture books. Please check it out if you're in Vancouver. You will not be disappointed.

 

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Guinness World Records - Most Books Toppled

On March 5, 2015, in honour of World Book Day, a Guinness World Record was achieved by United Biscuits in Berkshire, UK for most books toppled in domino fashion. Impressively, United Biscuits beat the record on their first attempt - 5318 books toppled in 2 minutes and 27 seconds surpassing the previous record of 4988 books toppled last year in Poland.

Check out the amazing video below and follow Guinness World Records twitter at http://twitter.com/gwr for more news.

House of Crime & Mystery: Interview with Michael Robotham

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The Globe and Mail calls him, "the master of the dark and threatening," and Kirkus says, "his skill as a writer remains undeniable: He offers memorable characters caught up in an irresistible story."  His second book THE DROWNING MAN won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in 2005 and SAY YOU'RE SORRY, was shortlisted for the 2013 Gold Dagger by the CWA.  Let's just say, Michael Robotham has been owning the psychological thriller genre ever since he started 11 years ago.  But, when it came to writing his first novel Robotham had one humble goal. "When I started I remember thinking it would be great to get just one novel published,"the author tells Jacques Filippi in an interview on http://houseofcrimeandmystery.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-psychology-of-crime-interview-with.html. "I figured it would probably sell a dozen copies – my mother would buy eight of them – and then I’d go back to ghostwriting or journalism, which were making me a good living." Little did Robotham know that he would go on to become one of the most highly acclaimed and bestselling authors of thriller fiction. Check out the rest of his brilliant interview with Filippi on http://houseofcrimeandmystery.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-psychology-of-crime-interview-with.html and pick up a copy of his latest novel, LIFE OR DEATH, available now.

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters Window Display

To celebrate the release of Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final novel in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, which released on APRIL 8th, Mabel's Fables in Toronto, ON created this gorgeous window: Toronto-20140410-00261

Go check it out! Their amazing window will be on display for the next month.

PRAISE

"In the final book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Taylor revives the strong interweaving of reality and fantasy that gave the first story such cross-genre appeal." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[An] ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose." - Kirkus

"New revelations, characters, multiple love stories, and constant plot twists and suspense will not disappoint Taylor's many fans." - Booklist

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Praise for Jean Hanff Korelitz’s You Should Have Known | HBG

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself. 9781455599493“Tempt the gods with smug self-righteousness and they will deliver a windfall of tragedy, as witness in Jean Hanff Korelitz’s rollickingly good literary thriller…Korelitz writes intimately and engagingly about a social strata few are privy to, but the ugliness is very familiar.” - Vanity Fair

“This consuming, expertly plotted thriller moves along at a slow burn, building up to shocking revelations about Grace’s past and ending with a satisfying twist on her former relationship mantra; ‘doubt can be a gift’” - People

“An unputdownably deft vivisection of Manhattan’s upper social strata.” - Vogue.com

“A savvy psychological thriller.” - Huffington Post

“This excellent literary mystery by the author of 2009’s Admission unfolds with authentic detail in a rarified contemporary Manhattan.” - Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Price: $29.00 CAN Pages: 448 Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9" ISBN-13: 9781455599493 On Sale Date: 03/18/2014

WE LOVE EACH OTHER | New York Times Book Review

We all know "find love before V-DAY" is at the bottom of your February to-do list. Nobody wants to spend their precision time looking for a date when there's a million other things to do like watch figure skaters dance on ice (OLYMPIC time, people). That's why this Valentine's Day we're highlighting books for kids because they actually enjoy receiving candy in kitschy heart shaped boxes and, as The New York Times wrote, "mimicking the conventions of courtship without suffering its uncertainties."  Valentine's Day is also the perfect holiday for children because it offers them another opportunity to learn about love in all its various shapes and forms. And, of course, the best way to teach children is through books. Below you'll find a few of our favorites as well as two titles recently highlighted in The New York Times Book Review:

We Love Each Other, by the Brilliant illustrator Yusuke Yonezu, is a clever and charming board book with an upbeat theme and a special surprise on the last page. The book features birds, elephants, rabbits, turtles and kittens celebrating love and togetherness. Kids will enjoy the bold and colorful illustrations that reveal a surprise beneath the flap on every page.

WE LOVE EACH OTHER Written and illustrated by Yusuke Yonezu Minedition (Independent Publishers Group) 9789888240562 $10.95 Board book Ages 1 to 4

Love You More Than Anything, a picture book by Anna Harber Freeman and illustrated by Jed Henry, is all about telling children how much their parents love them.  This rhyming read-aloud assures kids—in so many ways—that they're loved more than anything in the world. Readers follow an adorable chipmunk family for a fun outing at the park, a special homemade cake after dinner, and a snuggle before bedtime—and all the while mom and dad find dozens of ways, big and small, to give their children the affection and security they crave. Sarah Harrison Smith of The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Sprightly rather than soppy, “Love You More Than Anything” reminds readers that having fun together is one of the best ways families can show their love, whatever the day."

LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING By Anna Harber Freeman Illustrated by Jed Henry Sterling Publishing 9781454900214 $9.95 Picture book Ages 3 to 7

For more on these two titles, read The New York Times Book Review feature "Love for the Littlest, Yusuke Yonezu’s ‘We Love Each Other,’ and More" on their website.

In this favorite Hello Kitty story, Hello Kitty explores what love and friendship mean as she tries to find the perfect gift for her special friend Dear Daniel. After all of her friends offer suggestions that don’t seem quite right, Hello Kitty finally has an idea for something very special that she hopes Dear Daniel will love. Includes bonus Valentine’s Day cards.

HELLO KITTY HELLO LOVE By Sanrio Abrams Books 9781419712494 $7.99 Picture Book Ages 3 to 8

Learn the names of six animals and their sounds as friendly farm animals say hello to each other on each spread. Featuring sturdy tabs to turn and a die-cut handle built right into the book, this is the perfect story for little ones to read together with parents or flip through on their very own.

This new book in the I Love Learning series teaches simple concepts while reminding little ones how much they are cherished through Sandra Magsamen's signature heartfelt text and cozy, hand-stitched illustration style. Readers will *love* learning about animal sounds!

BAA, MOO, I LOVE YOU By Sandra Magsaman Little, Brown for Young Readers 9780316133586 $8.99 Board Book Ages 0 to 3

Ten little fingers, ten little toes Two little ears and one little nose. Two warm cheeks, all rosy and bright A kiss and a cuddle to say goodnight. An exuberant and heartwarming book about the arrival of a new baby from the creators of I Love My Mummy and I Love My Daddy. One little boy discovers all the wonderful things about his new little sibling is this joyful top-to-toe celebration of babies. A warm-hearted, celebratory book that's perfect for sharing when welcoming a new baby to the family. From the bestselling author Giles Andreae, whose rhyming text perfectly captures the joyful exuberance of young children, and the award-winning Emma Dodd, whose cheerful colours and irrepressible illustrations delight children and their parents everywhere.

I LOVE YOU BABY By Emma Dodd & Giles Andreae HUK Kids 9781408327494 $16.99 Picture Book Ages 0 to 5

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HOW TIME TRAVEL WORKS | Lauren Beukes The Shining Girls

To celebrate the paperback the release of Lauren Beukes' time travel serial killer novel THE SHINING GIRLS (Hachette Book Group | Little Brown), artists Sam Wilson and Adam Hill have created a spectacularly illustrated time traveling chart. Originally posted on i09.com, the chart helpfully explains the various time traveling models used in recent pop culture movies as well as in The Shining Girls.  Check it out below and then visit i09.com for more from Beukes on cosmic strings, worm holes, and Greek tragedies. ku-xlarge

edb58d612e72bf7f6afb23d951dfd256Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Price: $18.00 CAN
Pages: 400
Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
ISBN-13: 9780316216869 (Paperback)
On Sale Date: 01/14/2014
The girls who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist.The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own." Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW: Le Livre Blanc by Anne Sophie Pic

It was only a couple hours ago that you were biting into your lunch wondering if you were ever going to eat a sandwich that tasted as good as it looks on The Food Network; in Bon Appetit Magazine; on Saveur.com; or in one of the many cookbooks currently occupying your kitchen. Wonder on, because your sandwich is never going to taste as good as it looks on TV, in a magazine, in cookbook or even on a 20-something’s blog. Tough love, we know, but sometimes you need to hear the truth so that you can stop worrying and start celebrating the people who CAN and DO create meals that look like a Picasso painting on your plate and taste like fireworks just had a Canada Day party in your mouth.

One of these people we speak of is the incredibly talented, three Michelin star chef ANNE SOPHIE PIC, who recently released her cookbook LE LIVRE BLANC with Quayside Publishing Group.

There are dishes in her cookbook you will never be able to make, let alone eat (unless you're traveling to France and then we should talk, and, by talk, we mean let's be best friends), but you can ogle, drool and swoon over the beautiful spreads. That's half the fun! LE LIVRE BLAC is a cookbook that transforms everyday dishes into extraordinary works of art that both inspire and amaze.

Don’t believe us? Well, believe Library Journal, because they have explained her allure quite succinctly: "Let’s face it—when most of us think about cooking, we don’t imagine filling a bowl of frothy green tea broth with artfully arranged boiled leeks, marinated anchovies, and wafer-thin coins of caviar-topped melba toast. Most readers will never cook from this title, but browsing its visually breathtaking contents, they will understand why Pic, the fourth female chef ever to win three Michelin stars, deserves her reputation. Some haute cuisine cookbooks have explicit instructions; this one does not. The recipes at the back of the book assume considerable knowledge and skill. VERDICT highly recommended for professional collections and aspirational cooks interested in elegant plating and presentation."

Do you need us to break it down some more? No. Good. Now go buy the book.

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