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David Ward reading at Harbourfront, and book giveaway

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

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

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

Amulet Books is an imprint of ABRAMS.


John Edward Mini Media Tour and Tickets

John Edward: Infinite QuestInternationally acclaimed psychic medium and New York Times bestselling author John Edward will be promoting Infinite Quest (Sterling Ethos, ISBN 9781402778933) on a Canadian mini media tour in late March, which will include stops on The Marilyn Denis Show and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. In addition, he'll be doing a series of group readings across Canada in late April and early May. Click on a city below for more information on times, locations and tickets.

Vancouver | Winnipeg | Edmonton | Calgary | Montreal | Saskatoon | Toronto


MANDAtory Reading 01-13-11

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

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

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

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

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



Kill Shakespeare

Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, along with the artist Andy B., presented their much anticipated graphic novel Kill Shakespeare at 918 last Tuesday evening, drawing a plethora of friends and fans in spite of the crackling thunder and pouring rain.  The crowd sipped cocktails, devoured samosas and mingled with the authors all whilst ogling Andy’s exquisite drawings from the novel. Photos below!


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Essex County is a Canada Reads Finalist!

Essex County The CBC just announced the shortlist for their annual Canada Reads competition, and Essex County - the brilliant graphic novel by Torontonian Jeff Lemire - made the final cut!  This may be the first time that a graphic novel has ever made it to the finals!  Essex County will be defended by Sara Quin, one half of the indie music sensation known as Tegan & Sara, the week of February 7 on CBC Radio One.  Good luck to Jeff!!

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Click for Literacy

Today, we have set out on an ambitious journey. We are working with the organization S.T.E.L.L.A.A. to build a library in Africa, and are asking for your help. It’s as easy as following us on Facebook, and forwarding our message to your friends and colleagues. At the end of this journey, we will donate as many books as we have Facebook Page Likes. It’s that simple. We aim to make reading come alive for a resource-deprived community in Africa and your gift of friendship will put a book in the hands of someone who needs, and more importantly, desperately wants one. We are not afraid of setting daring targets to achieve impactful results, and are inviting you to help us achieve our goal of donating 300 books in the next two weeks.

Join Manda in making a difference. Your gift of friendship is bigger than you think.

One Click = One Friend = One Book



Essex County Named Top 10 Canadian Novel of the Decade

Essex CountyCanadian readers have spoken, and they've named Jeff Lemire's haunting masterpiece Essex County as one of the Top 10 Canadian Novels of the past decade.  This morning the CBC unveiled a list of 10 finalists in their annual Canada Reads competition, culled from a longlist of 40 worthy books.  The shortlist will be announced November 24th.  Let's hope they give graphic novels their proper due with a Top 5 slot for this beautiful and moving work.



Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth – Today's the Day!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly TruthThe latest installment of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series has just hit stores, and we couldn’t be more excited. Rumour has it that our favourite Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley is about to face his biggest challenge yet as he deals with the realities of growing up. From the pressures of boy-girl parties and increased responsibilities, to all of those awkward changes that come with getting older, Greg is about to come face to face with the ‘ugly truth’ - all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be?  Will he make it through on his own?

In anticipation of the big event, author Jeff Kinney has a special message for Canadian booksellers and for all of his fans. Check it out below, and pick up a copy of The Ugly Truth yourself!



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?



Scott Pilgrim Autograph Session in Toronto!!!

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

For more info on all things Scott Pilgrim click HERE.

Scott Pilgrim HMV Signing


Want to be a Guinness World Record Holder?

If so, meet me and hundreds of others this Saturday, November 6th, at 11:30 at the Toronto Zoo.  Check out their website and click on the Yo-Yo for the Do-Do link to give you all the information you need to participate, as well as informatoin on the reduced entry fees, and for all participants, a free yo-yo.   The Guinness World Record attempt is being spurred on by the Zoo's initiative to raise money and awareness of endangered animals, so not only will it be good fun, but you will also be supporting efforts to help endangered animlas and their habitats.


Nigel Barker Booksigning in Toronto!!

Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation

Author: Nigel Barker Book: Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation

Drawing on 20 years of experience in the beauty business and 14 seasons of judging on America’s Next Top Model, photographer Nigel Barker has discov­ered the formula for revealing inner beauty that will have readers looking great and feeling even better.

Casting aside conventional rules (be tall! be skinny! have flawless skin!) Nigel shares the elements that, when added together, equal true beauty: humor, honesty, and confidence, to name a few. Armed with their own cameras, readers are guided through a series of self-portrait chal­lenges that mirror the weekly challenges on ANTM. Along the way, Nigel shares tips and advice on fashion, style, hair, and make-up, showing readers how to turn perceived negatives into positives, celebrate their uniqueness, and be their personal best.

Date: Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Indigo Books and Music Toronto Eaton Centre 220 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M5B 2H1



Heaviest House Pull - New Guinness World Record for Kevin Fast!

Kevin Fast: pulling house Kevin Fast: Guinness World Records

At about 10:10 am this Saturday, Sept 18th, Kevin Fast set a new Guinness World Record for pulling the heaviest house by an individual.  He pulled 79,145 pounds of house, a painstaking 11.95 metres in 1.01 minutes.  The first 10 seconds was tense as Kevin struggled to get forward motion, and as it turns out, the brakes were still on the flatbed that was holding the house!  Once the brakes were let go and forward motion was secured, Kevin's concentration, focus and unimaginable physical strength didn't stop.  It was a real thrill to be a part of the event and to have had the privledge of adjudicating over Kevin's new Guinness World Record.



Guinness World Records 2011 - Amazing Canadian Record Attempt...

With the launch of the newest edition of Guinness World Records, comes my opportunity to be involved with some amazing and fascinating record attempts that will be made by Canadians over the next few months.  The kick-off being Kevin Fast's attempt to pull a house 5+ metres in Coburg, Ontario, this Saturday morning.  It's going to be Incredible!  Check back next week for images of the event. One man. One rope. One HOUSE.

5 metres.

Reverend Kevin Fast claimed his first Guinness World Record in 1998, and his most recent record was awarded at CFB Trenton last year when he successfully achieved The Heaviest Aircraft Pulled by an Individual.

This year, Kevin is leaving behind vehicles and planes and he is attempting The Heaviest House Pulled by an Individual. In conjunction with Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, Kevin will attempt this record in Cobourg, ON alongside numerous events to raise money for the organization, such as hot air balloon rides, live music, and crafts for kids with Home Depot.

Who: Reverend Kevin Fast of Cobourg, ON

What: Attempting a Guinness World Record for the Heaviest House Pulled by an Individual

When: Saturday, September 18th at 10:00 am

Where: Victoria Park, Cobourg ON (the pull will be attempted along Queen St)


Vancouver Book Launch

The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark:Thursday, September 23rd Doors open at 7 pm, reading at 8 pm The WISE, 1882 Adanac Street (at Victoria), Vancouver 604-254-5858

Copies will be available to be signed by the author. Free cake and treats. Cash bar. To RSVP or for more information please contact Simon Ware:

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Michael Buckley at Kidsbooks on Broadway in Vancouver

Michael BuckleyAuthor: Michael Buckley Book: NERDS book 2: M is for Mamma’s Boy 978-0-8109-8986-3 and NERDS book 1 paperback 978-0-8109-8985-6 and the full Sisters Grimm series

Date: Thursday October 28, 2010

Time: 7:00pm

Store: Kidsbooks on Broadway 3083 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9 Canada Ph: 604-738-5335