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SAM SUTHERLAND, author of PERFECT YOUTH: The Birth of Canadian Punk (ECW Press | 9781770410657) is going on tour this March!

March 29th in Hamilton

  • 9pm, 19+, free
  • Casbah Lounge
  • 306 King St. W

In conversation with George Pettit (Alexisonfire) plus live music from Arson

March 30th in Montreal

  • 3pm, all ages, free
  • BBAM! Gallery
  • 3255 Saint-Jacques

In conversation with Ralph Alfonso (Manager, the Diodes / Crash 'n' Burn)

March 30th in Montreal

  • 9pm, 19+, $5
  • L'escogriffe
  • 4467 Saint-Denis

Live music from the Normals and Electric Vomit, plus Chris Barry (222s) spinning classic punk all night

"Perfect Youth is a valuable and accessible addition to the study of punk in general, and to Canada's place within it." - Stephanie Hart, Quill & Quire

"Sutherland has brought the movement together with a clarity and intimacy never achieved before, and for its moments of guilelessness and raw delight, reveals the value of a scene that self-deprecates as often as it’s been dismissed." - Natalie Zina Walschots, The National Post

"Perfect Youth documents the undocumented, the unloved, the unwashed, and the foul-smelling glory of Canadian punk in its embryonic years." - Gillian McCain, co-author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

"Sam Sutherland's loving tribute to the True North Strong and Free punk daze explodes through the pages with a riveting blend of old-school insight and 21st Century analysis. Perfect Youth indeed!" - Steven Blush, author/filmmaker, American Hardcore

"A fascinating, necessary story written buoyantly and well, and with a whole lotta vomit." - Dave Bidini, musician and author of Writing Gordon Lightfoot

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.



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 for more information.

For the Ian Rankin Fans

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

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

At Last!

The Someday Funnies is a long-awaited collection of comic strips created in the early 1970s by world-famous artists and writers. What started out as a special insert for Rolling Stone took on a life—and mythology—of its own as Montreal writer/editor Michel Choquette traveled across two continents, commissioning this visual chronicle of the 1960s, only to find himself without a publishing partner or the financial support to continue—until now! Abrams ComicArts has brought Choquette’s dream to life this month, publishing his tome of commissioned cartoonists and comic book luminaries such as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Kurtzman, R.O. Blechman, Jack Kirby, Ralph Steadman and many more.  I’ve included a couple of samples below.

To learn more about Michel Choquette and his quest to get published, check out the following articles at Maclean’s and The Montreal Gazette.

The Someday Funnies, Edited by Michel Choquette / Foreword by Jeet Heer. Published  by Abrams ComicArts, November 2011, Can. $62.00, ISBN: 978-0-8109-9618-2

QuebeCrime Festival - Festival QuébeCrime

QuebeCrime FestivalOctober 28, 29 and 30, 2011 - Les 28, 29 et 30 Octobre, 2011 Lawrence BLOCK, John BRADY, Hilary DAVIDSON, Anne EMERY, Trevor FERGUSON (John FARROW), Ian HAMILTON, Tom HENIGHAN, Craig MCDONALD, Denise MINA, Louise PENNY, Andrew PYPER, Ian RANKIN, Simon TOYNE, Daniel WOODRELL

An incredible line-up of 15 crime & mystery authors awaits you at the QuebeCrime Festival. They will only be in Quebec City for a few days and we suggest you don’t miss this great opportunity. Click here to see the full schedule.

Un rassemblement  incroyable de 15 auteurs de crime et mystère seront présents au Festival QuébeCrime. Ils ne seront à Québec que quelques jours et nous vous suggérons de ne pas rater cette occasion. Cliquez ici pour voir l’horaire complet.

Industry Legend Touring This Fall

author tour
Doug Gibson
author of Stories About Storytellers

Doug Gibson’s new book Stories About Storytellers (ECW, 9781770410688), is described in the July/August 2011 Fall Preview issue of Q&Q as “at once an insider’s take on the politics of Canadian publishing and a literary tour of an important era in Canadian letters from one of the industry’s living legends.” This fall Mr. Gibson is touring across Canada as a one-man show and will entertain crowds with stories about the authors he got to know well in the course of his career as an Editor and Publisher like Pierre Trudeau who lead him (“Run!”) into a whizzing stream of traffic that almost crushed both of them and Alice Munro who credits him with keeping her writing short stories when the world demanded novels.  18 tour dates have already been confirmed including WordFest (Oct.15), Vancouver International Writers Fest (Oct. 18), and International Festival of Authors (Oct. 22). Please email us for more information about bookings!

Dates Confirmed:

Sun. Sept 25th, Toronto ON Word on the Street: Vibrant Voices of Ontario tent Official bookseller: University of Toronto Bookstore   Wed. Oct 12, Winnipeg MB McNally Robinson, Grant Park location   Thurs. Oct 13, Saskatoon SK Saskatoon McNally Robinson

Fri. Oct 14, Edmonton AB LitFest 12noon – 1pm downtown mall 7pm-9pm Main Stage event, Milner Public Library Theatre, signing in lobby Official bookseller, Audrey’s Books

Sat. Oct 15/Sun. Oct.16, Calgary AB WordFest Official bookseller: Pages On Kensington   Tues. Oct 18, Vancouver BC 8.00PM Vancouver International Writers Fest, Improv Centre Bookseller: Kidsbooks   Sat. Oct 22, Toronto ON International Festival of Authors

Sun. Oct 23, Ottawa ON Ottawa International Writers Fest Official bookseller:  David Dolan, tel: 613-222-5490

Thurs. Nov 3, St. Catherine’s ON Brock University Bookseller: Shelley Martin, Brock's bookstore

Wed. Nov 9. Waterloo ON Bookseller: Wordsworth Books

Saturday, November 12, Kingston ON 2pm – 4pm Indigo 259 Princess St, Kingston

Fri Nov 18/Sat Nov 19, Ottawa ON 6pm-7pm Association of Canadian Studies, annual conference   Sun Nov 20, Montreal QC Books & Breakfast Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Tues. Nov 22, Windsor ON University of Windsor bookstore Martin Deck: 519.253.3000 x3726

Wed Nov 23, Sarnia ON 7pm Library Auditorium The Bookkeeper, Susan Chamberlain 519-337-3171

Thurs. Nov 24, London ON 300-seat Wolf Hall at Central Library Official bookseller: Mark Pittman, Oxford Book Shop tel. 519-438-8336   Wed Nov 30, Toronto ON LRC Gardiner Museum Lunch Event Series


As part of a redevelopment campaign for the new decade, German publisher DAAB MEDIA is introducing the recently launched THE COLLECTION by FARAMEH into the international publishing market. The affiliation begins a new chapter for both companies, establishing FARAMEH line of books with a solid platform with worldwide distribution and giving DAAB MEDIA a direct new outlet into the special edition luxury book market. This announcement comes just in time for the May 2011 BookExpo America held in New York City this year. DAAB MEDIA, based in Cologne, Germany, incorporates creative ideas and innovative design into publications focused on the fields of art & culture. DAAB has recently relaunched its program with new topics, new formats and a new corporate design by Meiré and Meiré and expanded its website to include a number of digital features such as the online community

The introduction of THE COLLECTION by FARAMEH is one of the steps being taken to acquire better footing in the gift and art book market as well as to add to their scope of creative new titles with a luxurious twist. With six titles in its debut program, FARAMEH publications target an edgy and upscale market in the contemporary fashion, art and design industries.

FARAMEH MEDIA is a boutique publishing company based in New York City that is spearheaded by Patrice Farameh, an expert in luxury and global corporate projects who produces art books for the international market. Ms. Farameh has edited and produced a number of top-selling titles for various international publishers and most recently the three titles “GOWEST!”, “NEW ON THE CATWALK”, and “SECOND SKIN” for DAAB. FARAMEH has also earned a solid reputation as a publisher of specialty imprints for major multinational corporations.

DAAB & FARAMEH books are represented in Canada by Canadian Manda Group.

The New ABRAMS Blog!

High quality art and illustrated book publisher ABRAMS launched a new blog yesterday in order to share their "musings and observations inside the world of an illustrated book publisher and our hometown of New York City," which will likely be of interest to any of you who follow our blog as well as fans of ABRAMS titles such as Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Alton Brown's award-winning cookbooks, or the stunning photography of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Earth from Above, to name but a few examples. Check it out! Abrams Books Blog


Introducing the LibraryThing-e, an ereader from LibraryThing

LibraryThing-e, from"After more than a year of development we are ready to unveil the 'LibraryThing-e,' an ebook reader from LibraryThing. Built in a friendly and fruitful partnership with Amazon, the LibraryThing-e reader includes all your favorite LibraryThing features, and is a fully-functioning ereader designed from the ground up for hard-core bibliophiles. "Features include:

  • LibraryThing-e’s patented 'LikeaBook®' casing feels like fine morocco leather and emits a faint 'old book' smell. [...]
  • The LibraryThing-e reference collection includes special editions of the American Heritage Dictionary and the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition. [...]
  • Built-in geolocation and our Readar™ technology matches your library with that of other LibraryThing-e readers nearby. A special expanded 'Unsuggester' feature tells you where your reading-nemesis is at all times."

Read the rest at the LibraryThing blog.



Authors on E-Books at IFOA

With a friendly atmosphere and an open bar, last week's International Festival of Authors Party was the perfect venue to ask authors how they really feel about e-books. NOW Magazine did just that, and thoughtful answers abound in this video clip. How do you feel about e-books? Do you prefer the 'weight and heft' of a printed book? Does the sight of an e-reader remind you of a dentist's office? Is opening a traditional book like entering a cathedral?



Crafters love the web...AND books!

KnittingIn light of the recent launch of our The Crafty Reader website, the following article is of particular interest. Industry news site says that crafts and UK craft book sales have thrived during the recession. In addition, Mel Arora, books marketing manager for GMC Publications and Distribution has this to say about the effect online content is having on book sales:

"It will impact, we are waiting to see. But it's difficult [to do projects online]. There's something about a book you can lay down flat. It's a worry, but it doesn't seem to be affecting sales at the moment. I'm not patronising [our core readers]—they are web-savvy—but there's still a culture of patterns, books and magazines."

The most important point here is that fans or followers of certain topics or activities will consume online content alongside printed book content (at least for now). And if that's the case, then one can certainly help to promote the other.

The question is, what topics lend themselves to this kind of arrangement?