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Governor General's Award Finalists!

Well, awards season is upon us and we at Manda Group are proud to announce that eleven titles that we represent have been shortlisted for Governor General's Awards! POETRY Beginning with Poetry, where we have three shortlisted titles, the finalists are:

Where the Sun Shines Best by Austin Clarke - 9781550716931 - $15.00 / Guernica Editions/UTP Distribution

From Kandahar to Bridgetown to Mississauga, Ontario, Where the Sun Shines Best encompasses a tragedy of epic scope, a lyrical meditation on poverty, racism and war, and a powerful indictment of the ravages of imperialism.

Bite Down Little Whisper by Don Domanski - 9781926829869- $20.00 / Brick Books/LitDistCo

Bite Down Little Whisper, delves into the interconnectedness of all life with spiritual gravitas and powerful mindfulness. These are poems brimming with mythological and scientific energies, with a multi-dimensionality that opens itself to both complexity and clarity.

North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette - 9781897289761 - $14.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP Distribution

This collection is a very moving tribute, to the girls and the women, the boys and the men, and the loving trouble that has forever transpired between us. - Joanne Arnott

DRAMA Drama, the category with the most shortlisted titles, has four finalists:

Blood: A Scientific Romance by Meg Braem - 9781770911710 - $16.95 / Playwrights Canada Press/UTP Distribution

Blood: A Scientific Romance

Blood: A Scientific Romance probes the questions: Do relationships take on new meaning when they begin to shape not only our experiences, but our biology? And do we, in fact, complete one another?

The Swearing Jar by Kate Hewlett - 9781897289884 - $15.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP Distribution

Meet Carey and Simon, an otherwise-perfect married couple with a bit of a swearing problem...

With quirky characters, music and gentle humour, this lovely and intricately-constructed story is about meeting challenges head-on and finding hope.

Shakespeare's Nigga by Pierre Joseph Jomo - 9781770911413 - $16.95 / Playwrights Canada Press/UTP Distribution

On a Southern plantation, Shakespeare holds the fate of several black slaves in his hands. Among them are the rebellious Aaron and the obedient Othello, both of whom share an interest in Shakespeare's unwed daughter. But a vital secret remains hidden that could untangle complex

Frenchtown by Lawrence Jeffrey - 9781550963021- $19.95 / Exile Editions/IPG

Frenchtown: A Drama about Shanghai, P.R.C.

A reflection on family and the power of a nation, this elegant and cerebral drama explores the disquietude of Shanghai and its residents in the wake of Tiananmen Square and the return of Hong Kong to mainland China.

TRANSLATION We are  ecstatic to also have three finalists in the Translation category:

Canada's Forgotten Slaves by Marcel Trudel; trans. George Tombs - 9781550653274 - $27.95 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage

By painstakingly combing through unpublished archival records of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Marcel Trudel gives a human face to the over 4,000 Aboriginal and Black slaves bought, sold and exploited in colonial Canada.

The Stalinist's Wife by France Theoret; trans. Luise von Flotow - 9781550716306 - $20.00 / Guernica Editions/UTP Distribution

France Theoret's La femme du stalinien is the latest novel in a trilogy. It tells the story of Louise Aubert, her break from Mathieu Lord when he joins the Stalinist party, and her re-invention through language into a woman who is no longer governed by ordinary codes, conventions and commonplaces.

The Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu; trans. Donald Winkler - 9781550653397 - $18.00 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

The Major Verbs,is a masterwork consisting of three sequences: one focusing on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway, another, a riff on a group of stones on a table, and the third concerning the poet’s parents and their deaths.The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest.

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE - ILLUSTRATION Last, but certainly not last we have one finalist in the Children's Literature - Illustration category

How To by Julie Morstad - 9781897476574 - $16.95 / Simply Read Books/Ingram Publisher Services

This imaginative ‘how to’ book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including ‘how to wonder’,  ‘how to see the breeze’, and ‘how to be brave’.  With text and images by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will be beloved by all ages. How to read this book? That is up to you!

And that rounds out the list of finalists here at Manda Group. We wish all our authors luck, but regardless of results all of these fantastic titles are winners in our books!

Winning books are announced in mid November. Stay Tuned!

Best Books for Kids & Teens

Last week we highlighted new fall kids’ books that will be releasing in the next couple of months. We are clearly excited, hence all the exclamation points, BOLD italicized type and effusive praise. But, we missed a couple of gems that deserve your attention. So, go grab your mid-afternoon chocolate bar....er, we mean coffee, and let your inner child or (or your actual child) ogle over these amazing books. 

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Valkyrie

Kate O’Hearn. HODDER CHILDREN'S, $9.99 (9781444907551)

VALKYRIE by Canadian author Kate O'Hearn, is the first book in the series about a strong female character challenging the rules to find the family of a fallen solider. It has also been selected by The Canadian Children's Book Centre for the fall 2013 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.

Here's the book blurb from Kate O'Hearn's website: Freya is dreading turning fourteen – that marks the official end of her childhood and she must now take up the full duties of a Valkyrie – a collector of souls from humanity’s battlefields.  But Freya is unlike any other Valkyrie. She doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of the legends before her. As she observes Earth from Asgard, she tries to understand what it is to be human: to make friends with girls her own age and laugh with boys, without the fear of causing their death with one touch.  Little does she know that her dreams will soon be realized: on her first battlefield mission, Freya reaps the soul of a soldier with unfinished business that will send her to the human world on a deadly quest.  Freya must do battle with both ordinary and extraordinary enemies to create a new VALKYRIE LEGEND.

 

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ALPHABLOCK

Christopher Franceschelli. ABRAMS BOOKS, $18.95 (9781419709364)

The next book we are super excited about is ALPHABLOCK by Christopher Franceschelli. With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letter form itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I’s ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F’s fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo’s animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way. See more at Abrams Books: http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Alphablock-9781419709364.html.

Praise for Alphablock "The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package." —Publishers Weekly

"With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo’s art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints… A visually captivating delight for careful little ones." —Kirkus Reviews

 

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Arlos ARTrageous Adventure

David LaRochelle. STERLING PUBLISHING, $15.95 (9781402792267)

David LaRochelle's ARLOS ARTAGEOUS ADVENTURE is a fun, lift the flap art adventure book that kids will love reading aloud.

Here's the official Book Summary: Arlo's not thrilled when his grandmother says they're going to the museum WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT. But when the paintings start coming hilariously to life, Arlo's in for a big surprise. With 50 fabulously funny flaps to flip, children will discover how cool art can be . . . if you let your imagination run wild.

 

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Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase

Jonathan Stroud. DISNEY HYPERION, $17.99 (9781423164913)

An in house favourite, Jonathan Stroud's  LOCKWOOD & CO THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE is a superb, middle grade supernatural thriller that has been described as "Sherlock Holmes meets Ghost Hunter." 

Here's the synopsis: A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

 

Clement Clarke Moore
Clement Clarke Moore

Night Before Christmas

Poem by Clement Clarke Moore. Illustrations by Holly Hobbie. LITTLE, BROWN FOR YOUNG READERS, $20.00 (9780316070188)

Lastly, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a beautiful, hardcover, picture book of a classic Christmas story, reinterpreted by the acclaimed watercolourist Holly Hobbie.

In her fresh imagining of Clement C. Moore's timeless classic, acclaimed watercolorist Holly Hobbie introduces an entirely new character to capture the magic and heighten the wonder of this exciting, mysterious time. Her inimitable illustrations glow with warmth and feeling and will transport you to a place where anything can happen.  See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/holly-hobbie/the-night-before-christmas/9780316070188/#desc.

100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

9781600787744The Blue Jays season starts next Tuesday (April 2nd!) which means 180 days, 26 weeks and 6 months of baseball, cold beers, giant hotdogs, hearsay, bombshells and victories.  Steve Clarke’s new book, the recently released 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (IPG), is the perfect companion for any Blue Jays fan eager to know more about Canada’s sole major league baseball team. It is an enthralling, entertaining, informative assemblage of the hidden, unknown, and odd facts, traditions and achievements of the Toronto Blue Jays.  Clarke offers even the most die-hard fans - fans that describe the moment Joe Carter hit his walk-off homer to win the 1993 World Series like they are Joe Carter – facts, and events that they surely didn’t know. He covers the collapse of 1987; manager Jimy Williams’ baffling in-game adjustments; Pat Gillick’s deft trades; the American League East titles in 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1993 and the opening of the SkyDome. He ranks every essential piece of Blue Jays knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist. 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource for fans that enjoy being able to reel off sport facts and trivia like any seasoned colour commentator. Globe

Go Jays!

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100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (IPG)

By Steve Clarke $14.95 retail Paperback: 272 pp 978-1600787744

Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenway Nominees

Untitled-4More exciting news from our publishers! We are pleased to announce that we have the following two titles on short list for the Carnegie Medal:

Established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the Carnegie Medal is a British literary award that annually recognizes one outstanding new book for children or young adults.

Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books, has also been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, which was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children.

The winners will be announced in June!

9781419701689A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Abrams, 9781419701689

Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

9781780620091Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo/HUK, 9781780620091

Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you've never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a visiting journalist, Eric Seven, and a young local woman known as Merle are ritually slain. Their deaths echo a moment ten centuries before, when, in the dark of the moon, a king was slain, tragically torn from his queen. Their souls search to be reunited, and as mother and son, artist and child, forbidden lovers, victims of a vampire they come close to finding what they've lost. In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon - the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter's moon, the blood moon - this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting. Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured, this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story with the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touches of atmosphere, blood-spilling and sacrifice.

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Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books, 9780340999349

Following on from the fabulous Dust 'n' Bones and Fangs 'n' Fire, comes Pirates 'n' Pistols - ten swashbuckling pirate tales. Come face-to-face with some of the most villainous and scurrilous rogues ever to sail the seven seas in these stories about pirates from all around the world. This special giftbook edition is packed full of traditional pirate myths and legends, as well as some new and original tales, re-told and illustrated by the award-winning Chris Mould. Stories include: Davy Jones, Treasure Island, The Tenth Man, The Gold Bug, Dead Man's Ink, Dionysus, Cross-legged Jack, Mochimitsu's Music, Jewel of Bengal and Ghost in the Cupboard. Read more about Chris Mould at http://www.chrismouldink.com/.Piratesnpistols_9780340999349

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The Carnegie medal shortlist in full

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury Wonder by RJ Palacio, Bodley Head Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey

The Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist in full

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children's Books Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children's Books Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books

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.

Pharos Editions brings back the old... with the new!

Pharos EditionsPharos Editions, a new imprint from literary fiction publisher Dark Coast Press, is an idea that's been a long time coming. Venerable book-rep Harry Kirchner, now retired and taking on the role of Editor for Pharos Editions, had the idea long ago to ask contemporary media literati what books were important to them in some way, and to introduce them in a Foreword to their selection. With the addition of stylish but simple cover designs and high-quality papers, Harry hopes to expose a new generation of readers to "...overlooked gems, " as he puts it.

The first set of titles, which will release in May, will include selections by bestselling author Jonathan Evison, American Book Award winner Sherman Alexie, Edgar Award recipient Jess Walter and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Groening's selection, You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up by Eric Knight (ISBN 9780988172500), was a bestselling noir fiction when it was first published in 1938. It's the first on my Pharos Editions reading list, to be followed in short order by the other three initial releases. What will your first Pharos Edition book be?

Exciting New Publisher!

page street logoIt isn't every day you get to be on board for the launch of a publisher's very first season, especially not one made up of people brimming with such enthusiasm, experience, and vision. To say that we are excited about Page Street Publishing here at Manda would be an understatement, and when you see the books on offer this upcoming season you'll immediately understand why. The logo for Page Street Publishing is an old printing press block belonging to the publisher Will Kiester's father, and it is the perfect symbol for a company that is devoted to the fading tradition of bookmaking as an art form. The books are exceptional; the aesthetic is clean, crisp, and vibrant - crafted with attention to detail that is characteristic of true quality.  The lifestyle authors are incredible at what they do whether it's cooking, baking, or taking care of chickens.

Will Kiester is keeping it current, making books that are inspirational, affordable, beautiful, and useful.  And this is just the first list for their very first season! I can't wait to see what they have for us next. Here are a few examples of this season's upcoming titles to keep you satiated.

baking-by-hand-make-the-best-artisanal-breads-and-pastries-better-without-a-mixerSimply delicious! Baking by Hand by Andy and Jackie King contains baking techniques and 100 recipes on how to make everything from sourdough to Rhubarb Ginger treats. It's also from world class professional bakers who own their own artisan bakery.

the truly healthy family cookbook Tina Ruggiero knows what it's like to be sick of the next diet craze and to crave a nutritional guide to healthy family-friendly food. The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook has more than 150 recipes from the Gourmet Nutritionist who is the health correspondent for NBC, Daytime and Fox!

bake and destroyYou will LOVE Natalie Slater and her quirky, rockabilly-inspired recipes from the kid friendly Crouching Cornbread, Hidden Broccoli to the delicious Burger Time Whoopie Pie. Hilarious, one-of-a-kind, and so yummy describes Bake and Destroy perfectly.

 

 

Edgar Allan Poe Award nominees announced

Congratulations to the Edgar Awards 2013 nominees! The Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America each Spring, celebrate the best writing in the Mystery genre with 14 categories and special awards. Here are our favourites for this year:

Best First NovelThe 500

The 500 by Matthew Quirk, 9780316198622 (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Reagan Arthur)

Best Fact CrimeMore Forensics and Fiction

More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, MD, 9781605423944 (Medallion Press)

Best Short Story

"Hot Sugar Blues" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Steve Liskow, 9780316176354 (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Mystery Writers of America Presents VengeanceMulholland Books) "The Unremarkable Heart" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance by Karin Slaughter, 9780316176354 (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company - Mulholland Books)

Best Juvenile

Fake MustacheFake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger, 9781419701948 (Abrams - Amulet Books)

13 Hangmen

13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau, 9781419701597 (Abrams - Amulet Books)

 

The Quick Fix

The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo, 9780810997257 (Abrams - Amulet Books)

 

Good luck to all the nominees!

MY FRIEND DAHMER is killing it!

Congrats are in order for Derf Backderf, whose graphic novel My Friend Dahmer (Abrams ComicArts, 1-4197-0216-5) made it to number 4 on Time Entertainment's prestigious Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2012. It's highly unusual for a graphic novel to garner such buzz, but My Friend Dahmer is racking up quite the reader body count. In fact, Ibid Filmworks picked up the rights to make it into a movie! In this captivating autobiographical account of Backderf's middle and high school years, he pieces together an almost sympathetic portrait of Dahmer as a disturbed young man who devolved into a notorious serial killer.

Through his quirky cartoons, we are told Dahmer's haunting story in an unobtrusive way: we see him as a loner, as a victim of a troubled home, as a self-medicating alcoholic, as a budding sociopath in the indifferent world of 1970s suburbia. Backderf's unique vantage point elicits profound insight and some serious queries: Were the existence of Dahmer demons already an indication of an inevitable sinister outcome, or could this troubled youth's life have turned out differently if someone had noticed the red-flags and just reached out to help?

Deeply unsettling and frighteningly tragic!

 

Spooky Reads

In case you're looking for some books to get you in the Halloween mood, here are a few we've loved! Husk by Corey Redekop (ECW Press, $18.95) This is the latest zombie book that is an absolute must-read for anyone with a strong stomach and a fascination with flesh eating. Unlike most undead stories you come across, this one is written from the perspective of the zombie!

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Little, Brown, $21.99) Although the author is mostly known for writing YA, this book about people with supernatural powers in 1920's New York definitely transcends the age genre and is spooky from the start! Best part: Libba will be in Toronto signing copies of the book in November!

V Wars edited by Jonathan Maberry (IDW Publishing, $24.99) Told in stories by eight different authors, V Wars chronicles the modern rise of vampires. By breaking  each story into parts and intermixing them, Maberry tells how the world is fascinated, terrified and finally overwhelmed by the discovery that vampires are, and always have been, real.

So enjoy your Halloween, enjoy these awesome books, and sleep tight (if you can)!

National Book Award Finalists

Kevin Powers’ THE YELLOW BIRDS (9780316219365/Little, Brown and Company) and Domingo Martinez’s THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS (9780762779192/Globe Pequot Press) are 2012 National Book Award Finalists. THE YELLOW BIRDS has been nominated as one of the five finalists for fiction and THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS has been nominated as one of the five finalists for non-fiction.  The National Book Awards ceremony is November 14, 2012. For a full list of the National Book Award finalists, click here - http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2012.html#.UHcfS65418F. Congratulations to both nominees!

THE YELLOW BIRDS By KEVIN POWERS 9780316219365 $27.99 Little, Brown and Company

About the Book

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year-old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

THE BOY KINGS OF TEXAS by Domingo Martinez 9780762779192 $18.95 Globe Pequot Press

About the Book

Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving, in a Texas border town in the 1980s. Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author’s boyhood spent in his sister’s hand-me-down clothes, The Boy Kings of Texas delves into the enduring and complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed but fiercely protective older brother, Daniel, and features a cast of memorable characters. Charming, painful and enlightening, this book examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas and the often terrible consequences when two very different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river.

The Best New Fall Titles from GLOBE PEQUOT PRESS

From heartfelt stories of rescued dogs who became superstars to simple designs for your home to an epic story of murder, vengeance and family feuds, this fall Globe Pequot Press is releasing seven new titles that you’ll definitely want to get your hands on. Check them out and then let us know what you’re planning to read this fall. Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars (9781599213538) by Bill Berloni and Jim Hanrahan; foreword by Bernadette Peters

In Broadway Tails, Theatrical Animals trainer Bill Berloni tells the backstage stories of the shelter dogs who have become superstars in television, film, and theater, including the 35th-anniversary Broadway production of Annie.

Carter's Way: A No-Nonsense Method for Designing Your Own Super Stylish Home (9780762778980) by Carter Oosterhouse with Chris Peterson

Carter Oosterhouse, the popular host of HGTV's Carter Can, Million Dollar Rooms, and Red, Hot & Green, now offers homeowners a book featuring his simple, straightforward and super successful home-design process. He knows that home design can be intimidating, but his reassuring "you can do it" attitude encourages readers to use their imaginations and convinces them that they too can use his method to easily create beautiful living rooms, bedroom, kitchens, baths, and more!

Bond On Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies (9780762782819) by Sir Roger Moore

The Bond movies remain the longest continually running film series in movie history, and 2012 marks its fiftieth anniversary. While there have been other actors that have taken on the coveted role of James Bond, one of the most renowned and beloved 007s, is the charming and charismatic Sir Roger Moore, KBE. To celebrate these films and their cultural heritage, Roger Moore has written a book that features all the Bond movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. From the girls to the villains, the cars to the cocktails, the gadgets, locations and everything else, this beautiful book is illustrated with hundreds of iconic images from all the films plus many previously unseen photos from the Bond archive. This is the ultimate James Bond book, written by the ultimate insider, with all the affection and good humor he brought to the role. It is the perfect gift for all fans of these much loved films.

How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs (9780762780556) by Kevin Pollak with Alan Goldsher, forewords by Penn Jillette and Billy Bob Thornton

Kevin Pollak is one of a kind. One of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist, a character actor with one of the longest, most respected filmographies around, as well as an Internet pioneer. Like no one else, Pollak straddles the fence between Hollywood and new media—and without injuring himself in the process. Hilarious, raw, and revealing, How I Slept My Way to the Middle winningly combines never-before-heard stories featuring A-list entertainers, fan favorites, and Kevin’s own thoughts about how he made it. Pollak is laughing proof that if you follow your gut and believe in yourself, you can do anything you want—except have a rational conversation with Rip Torn, who’s an evil, paranoid $#!%.

The Fresh Energy Cookbook: Detox Recipes to Supercharge Your Life (9780762780860) by Natalia Rose and Doris Choi

A leading light in the alternative health community, Natalia Rose is widely recognized for her "detox diet" program. Her popular book, The Raw Food Detox Diet, is by now considered a classic of its genre. The Fresh Energy Cookbook is the essential companion guide for anyone who wants to bring those dietary principles to life in the comfort of their own kitchen. The emphasis is on living foods in digestible combinations, ideal for optimal cellular health, nutrition, energy, weight loss, and satisfaction.

The Quick & Clean Diet: Lose the Weight, Feel Great, and Stay Lean for Life (9780762781720) by Dari Alexander; Foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz

By applying the principles of clean eating to a realistic lifestyle, top journalist and working mom, Dari Alexander shows how you can achieve your best body and keep that promise to yourself: to finally look like that gorgeous person you know exists. Changing your mindset and consuming foods closest to their natural state change the way you feel everyday—this back-to-basics, no-nonsense, weight loss and maintenance program will not only make you thinner, it will also increase your energy. Most importantly, it promotes life-long good health.

Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance (9780762779185 by Lisa Alther

America's most notorious family feud began in 1865 with the murder of a Harmon McCoy, a Union soldier, by a Confederate Hatfield relative. But Southern grudges run long and deep. More than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs. This accusation triggered years of bloody violence and retribution that led to a tragic Romeo-and-Juliet interlude, a Supreme Court ruling, and Kentucky’s last public hanging. The final feud trial took place in 1898, but the rivalry didn’t end there. Its legend continues to have an enormous impact on the popular imagination and the people of the region. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous story of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

HBG Fall 2012 Favourite Books

Our gracious friends at HBG have sent us their favourite fall 2012 books that you will not want to miss reading. From David Foster Wallace's Both Flesh and Not to Libba Bray's The Diviners to Amity Gaige's Schroder, they have highlighted a few of their best books that will entertain, enlighten, challenge and fascinate you this autumn.
HBG FALL 2012  FAVOURITE BOOKS

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.

Another List for Father's Day

Just in case you are still scrambling to find that perfect Father's Day gift and all the other myriad lists have failed you, here's what the fine folks of Manda Group recommend for Pops: If your dad has a good sense of humour and an easy sense of style, you should definitely grab him a t-shirt from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. We suggest this awesome Calvin and Hobbes one, but there are plenty more to choose from here!

If your dad is a music fan then he must appreciate the Beatles. In this case, you should run to your nearest book store and pick up George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Written by George's widow, Olivia Harrison, this book shows never before seen photos and gives an intimate glimpse into Harrison's life. Published by Abrams Books, ISBN 9781419702204, $45 CAD.

For the golfer-dad: grab a copy of Moe & Me: Encounters with Moe Norman, Golf's Mysterious Genius. This book has been flying off the shelves since it came out in April and is a must-read for all golf fans. Published by ECW Press, ISBN 9781770410534, $19.95 CAD.

'Tis The Season: Holiday Gift Guide Coverage

Joy to the world!  Holiday round-ups featuring the top coffee-table books of 2011 are hitting newspapers across the country and MANDA titles are on fire!  I love this time of year, not only is it satisfying as a publicist to see books I've laboured over all season get star treatment in all their glossy glory, but it is a reminder to all of us in the business that the beauty and craftsmanship of printed, illustrated books is still appreciated and celebrated.  Who wouldn't covet an oversized gorgeous tome on their coffee-table?  If you're looking for gift ideas for near and dears, search no further.  Click on the links below for full listings of the best gift books of the year from The Globe and Mail the Winnipeg Free Press, and the National Post.

The Globe and Mail - BOOKS Section

The Globe and Mail - STYLE Section

Winnipeg Free Press - BOOKS Section

 National Post - BOOKS Section

Canada Reads and You Should Too!

CBC's Canada Reads has revealed their Top 40 True Stories nominees and Too Close to the Falls, a gem from ECW Press made the list!

In this book, author Catherine Gildiner tells of her childhood growing up in Lewiston, NY - very close to Niagara Falls. Gildiner recalls stories of working at her father's pharmacy, which allowed her to meet some fascinating characters along the way.

If you haven't yet read this book - do so now. If you have and you loved it as much as we do - vote here to get it in the Canada Reads Top 10 True Stories nominees!

Too Close to the Falls is available now from ECW Press (ISBN 9781550223965)

Roger Ebert on Life and Happiness

En Route to Europe with McHugh, who took the photo.
 En Route to Europe with McHugh, who took the photo.
 
author book tour
Roger Ebert
author of Life ITSELF : A Memoir 
September 16 at 4pm at Theatre Books
 

 For anyone who has seen Roger Ebert review a movie with either co-host Gene Siskel (who passed away in 1999), or Richard Roper until 2006, or perhaps read one of his hundreds of reviews, it's clear that he is a man who fervently and deeply loves film. And considering that he's been reviewing for over 40 years—for the Chicago Sun-Times, for the TV show Siskel & Ebert at the Movies, for his blog—it's not difficult to be seduced into feeling like you know him on a more personal level because of his open and honest dialogue with his fans. Attends the The Roger Ebert Conference Center Announcement held at the American Pavillion during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2009 in Cannes, France.

It's a testament to Mr. Ebert's remarkable skills as a writer and critic that he is able to create a sense of camaraderie with his audience. In Mr. Ebert's new book "Life Itself: A Memoir", he moves beyond his reviews to tell a more dramatic story of his life and career from the early years at the Chicago Sun-Times to the moment he learned he had thyroid cancer which resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink or speak. “Life Itself” is a poignant and inspiring memoir that touches on his passion for actors, directors and the cinema but delves deeper into his life chronicling his painful jaw surgeries, his love/hate relationship with alcohol, his firsts, his spiritual beliefs and growing up as an only child in Urbana, Ill. This book is a must read for his loyal fans and for anyone curious to know more about the man who has helped shape the way we think, feel, and react to films. Roger Ebert with his wife, Chaz and their two grandchildren, Emil and Taylor.

If you are in Toronto this week, Mr. Ebert will be signing copies of his new book on September 16 at 4 pm at Theatre Books. Don't miss meeting this iconic and inspiring individual...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIFE ITSELF: A Memoir
by Roger Ebert
ISBN: 9780446584975 / HC / C$29.99
Grand Central Publishing
Pub Date: Sept 13, 2011
 

 Excerpt from LIFE ITSELF:

When I mentioned in my blog that I can no longer eat, drink or speak, a reader wrote: “That sounds so sad. Do you miss it?” Not so much really. Not anymore. The new reality took shape slowly. Understand that I was never told that after surgery I might lose the ability to eat, drink and speak. Eating and drinking were not mentioned, and it was said that after the fi rst surgery I might be able to go back to work on television. Success in such surgery is not unheard of. It didn’t happen that way. The second surgery was also intended to restore my speaking ability. It seemed to hold together for awhile, but then, in surgeon-speak, also “fell apart.”

What’s sad about not eating is the experience, whether at a family reunion or at midnight by yourself in a greasy spoon under the L tracks. The loss of dining, not the loss of food. Unless I’m alone, it doesn’t involve dinner if it doesn’t involve talking. The food and drink I can do without easily. The jokes, gossip, laughs, arguments and memories I miss. I ran in crowds where anyone was likely to start reciting poetry on a moment’s notice. Me too. But not me anymore. So yes, it’s sad. Maybe that’s why writing has become so important to me. You don’t realize it, but we’re at dinner right now.Photo by Art Shay

Books for September

Need some distraction from the back-to-school bustle and the cooling weather? Cuddle up with these beautiful books in September:

Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits by Glenda Bailey For those looking for a new coffee-table book, look no further! This book contains over 300 photographs from America’s longest-running fashion magazine and was created by the magazine’s editor-in-chief.  Available from Abrams September 1 2011 (ISBN 9781419700705)

The New Sonoma Cookbook by Connie Guttersen RD, PhD This California-inspired cookbook is an updated edition, which includes new family meals, weight loss menus, food and wine pairings, “Cook Once, Eat Twice” recipes, and much more! Available from Sterling Publishingon September 6 2011 (ISBN 9781402781193)

The Orchard by Therea Weir This is a mesmerising read which you won’t want to put down. This book covers many subjects; love, family, abandonment, farm life, environmentalism, the list goes on. Knowing that it is a memoir makes it even more captivating. Available from Grand Central Publishing on September 21 2011 (ISBN 9780446584692)