Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Canada Rocks!

In today's Globe and Mail, they listed the awesome literary festivals that are happening around the country. We really are quite blessed. Check it out!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Can you read a book in 10 minutes?

According to Jessica Moyer, author of Research-Based Readers' Advisory (ALA Editions, 2008), you can! In an article that she wrote for ALA editions, Moyer provides guidelines for analyzing a book you haven't read in just ten minutes.

First things first: choose a book. Moyer suggests selecting a book that you don't intend to read later, preferably written by an author you're unfamiliar with.

Next, get ready to take some notes! These can be logged electronically or organized in a notebook or book journal (for future reference).

Moyer provides a number of questions that you can use to help you "read" the book -- questions about the cover, jacket blurb, typeface, physical characteristics, genre, plot, characters, author. According to Moyer, these questions can be answered just by looking at the physical characteristics of the book and reading some sample pages from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Here is a sample of some the questions she asks:
- Do the cover images look like they are aimed at a particular audience?
- What do other authors think of this book? Who are these authors?
- How easy or difficult to read is the typeface used?
- Is the book hardcover, paperback, or mass market?
- What is the pacing like? Is there more dialogue or description?
- Is the story serious or light? Comedy or drama?
- Does the story emphasize people or events?
- What other books share similarities to this one?

Personally, I think this method of reading books will take some practice -- especially if ten minutes is the goal! What do you think? Can you read a book in just ten minutes?

To try it for yourself, click here for the original article with the full list of questions.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Amazon Canada's 25 Best Books of the Year... So Far

The editors at Amazon Canada have announced the 25 best reads of 2014 so far, a list that includes both fiction and non-fiction titles.

Here are their picks, in no particular order:

Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte (HarperCollins)
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Hamish Hamilton)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
A Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman (William Morrow)
The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison (Graywolf Press)
The Martian by Andy Weir (Crown)
The Quick by Lauren Owen (McClelland and Stewart)
The Bees by Laline Paull (Ecco)
Console Wars by Blake J. Harris (Dey Street Boys)
Ping-Pong Diplomacy by Nicholas Griffin (Scribner)
Climate Changed by Philippe Squarzoni (Harry N. Abrams)
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (HarperCollins)
Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (Belknap Press)
The Secret World of Oil by Ken Silverstein (Verso)
Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture by Erez Aiden (Riverhead)
Young Money by Kevin Roose (Grand Central Publishing)
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (Harper)
Euphoria by Lily King (HarperCollins)
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (Grove Press)
Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow (Random House)
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Knopf Canada)
The Troop by Nick Cutter (Gallery Books)
The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (Knopf)

How many have you read from this list? Which books would you add? 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Reactions book-lovers have to non-readers

Bustle.com recently published a hilarious post about how book-lovers respond to people who don't read - complete with appropriate GIFs! Kristen Scatton, the writer of said post, came up with the six reactions that book-lovers will have when confronted with a non-reader:

1. Shock/Disbelief
2. Confusion
3. Judgment
4. Pity
5. Persuasion
6. Acceptance

I think it's pretty accurate, don't you agree? Read the full Bustle.com post here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

How many of these Art & Design book stores have you been to?

The Huffington Post recently posted their top ten art & design book store picks. They've selected stores from all across the globe, and you bet I'll be paying them a visit the next time I travel!

Their picks:
2. Do You Read Me?!, Berlin, Germany
3. Artazart, Paris, France
4. Printed Matter, New York, NY
5. Arcana, Culver City, CA
6. Lia Wolf, Vienna, Austria
7. Artland Book Company, Taipei, Taiwan
8. Art Metropole, Toronto, CA
9. Freebook, Sao Paulo, Brazil
10. Papercup, Beirut, Lebanon

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Toronto Cooks Book Trailer!

Warning: the following trailer might make you hungry.

You don't have to be a Torontonian to enjoy the delicious recipes from Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants. Edited by Amy Rosen, an award-winning journalist and food writer, this book features recipes of fan-favourite meals by both established and up-and-coming chefs. And you can bet that the recipes inside will be as diverse as Toronto itself!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Worn Stories Book Trailer

Check out this beautiful book trailer for Worn Stories by Emily Spivack, which is a Dewey pick for fall!

About Worn Stories:

"Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories , Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers. First-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, such as artist Marina Abramovic on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China; musician Rosanne Cash on the purple shirt that belonged to her father; and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley on the Girl Scout sash that informed her business acumen. Other contributors include Greta Gerwig, HeidiJulavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Marcus Samuelsson, Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones, Simon Doonan, Albert Maysles, Susan Orlean, Andy Spade, Paola Antonelli, David Carr, Andrew Kuo, and more. By turns funny, tragic, poignant, and celebratory, Worn Stories offers a revealing look at the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring back the past-clothes that are encoded with the stories of our lives." (From Raincoast.com)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kids Can Press "If" Giveaway!

Love kid-lit? Have a Goodreads account? You're in luck! 
Kids Can Press is giving away advanced copies of If... A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith, just in time for back-to-school.
This is one of my fave kid's books this season!
Giveaway closes September 9, 2014.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Grumpy Cat on Canada AM

Best-selling author, Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce), recently embarked on a North American tour which ended in Toronto on August 9, 2014. It was the only Canadian stop on the tour and, unsurprisingly, Grumpy Cat garnered lots of attention from the local media. The day before her big event at Indigo Eaton Centre, she dropped by CTV's Canada AM for an interview. 

Check out Grumpy Cat in all her grumpy glory here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ashley Spires on The Morning Show

Canadian author-illustrator Ashley Spires recently appeared on Global TV's The Morning Show to discuss Toronto Public Library's book hacking workshops, where kids are encouraged to use their creativity to cut up books and create something new with them. Watch the fascinating discussion here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mini History of Times New Roman

This is a  beautiful little video about the history of the Times New Roman font. Thanks to my buddy Dan Wagstaff of The Casual Optimist for sharing!

Friday, July 25, 2014

SLJ's picks for the wildest children's books of 2014

The Flat Rabbit by Bardur Oskarsson (Owlkids)

100 Scope Notes, a children's literature blog by School Library Journal, recently compiled a list of seven of 2014's widest children's books. The books were chosen for their inventiveness, boldness, and overall uniqueness. These are definitely not your average picture books!

Their picks:

Jim Curious: A Voyage to the Heart of the Sea by Matthias Picard (Abrams)
The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose (Little, Brown)
The Flat Rabbit by Bardur Oskarsson (Owlkids)
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne (Henry Holt)
Out the Window by Cybele Young (Groundwood Books)
Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth (Clarion Books)
What There Is Before There Is Anything There by Liniers (Groundwood Books)

Are there any books you'd add to this list?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grumpy Cat is coming to Canada!

Bestselling author Grumpy Cat (née Tardar Sauce) is going on tour, y'all! Just in time for the release of her forthcoming book, The Grumpy Guide to Life, the internet's beloved cat curmudgeon is going to be visiting five cities across North America this August, with stops in Santa Monica, CA; Las Vegas, NV; New York City, NY;  Skokie, IL; and Toronto, ON. 

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty darn excited for Grumpy Cat to grace us with her grumpiness in Canada. She'll be in Toronto on August 9, 2014, at Indigo Eaton Centre, so mark your calendars! I'm sure she'll have a ton of demotivational words of wisdom for us mere humans.

Whilst we anxiously await her arrival, I suggest checking out her first bestselling book, Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Today's Parent picks its top ten kids books for fall

Sam's Pet Temper by Sangeeta Bhadra
Sam's Pet Temper by Sangeeta Bhadra (Kids Can Press)

We're almost halfway through the summer holidays, which means the kids will be back at school in the blink of an eye. If you're looking for recommendations for great children's books to start off the school year, Today's Parent has got you covered!

Here are their picks for the top ten fall books, which can be found in their August issue:

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole 
Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)

Take Away the A
Written by Michael Escoffier and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo (Enchanted Lion Books)

Louise Loves Art
Written and illustrated by Kelly Light (HarperCollins)

Once Upon an Alphabet
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House
Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by Scott Magoon (Little, Brown)

Secret Life of Squirrels
Written by Nancy Rose (Penguin)

Sam's Pet Temper
Written by Sangeeta Bhadra and illustrated by Marion Arbona (Kids Can Press)

Written by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)

Dojo Daycare
Written and illustrated by Chris Tougas (Owlkids)

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World
Written by Malala Yousafzai (with Patricia McCormick) (Little, Brown)

Monday, July 14, 2014

My favourite teen book this year!!!

How much did I love this book? Words are hard to describe. Everyone in the office was talking about it, so I figured I better jump on the bandwagon. So many times, when people are super excited about something I feel it is very hard for the expectations to be met...but The Kiss of Deception was certainly the very happy exception!!! A little fantasy, the required love triangle with an unbelievable twist that had me practically starting the book from the beginning. When oh when will the next one come out and why can't I travel forward in time to read it!
Here's an interview with her in the Huffington Post.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bookstore Appreciation with New Society Publishers!

Want to show some support for your favourite bookseller? The fine folks at New Society Publishers want to hear all about your favourite local bookstore! 
Does your favourite bookstore have a great selection? Knowledgeable and friendly staff? Nice atmosphere? Whatever the reason, let New Society know why it's your favourite bookstore and you can get a chance to win a New Society book of your choice. They'll also showcase the bookstore on their social media sites, so everyone will get a chance to learn how awesome they are!
So support your local booksellers by sending in the bookstore's name, city, and a photo to sara {at} newsociety {dot} com. 
For more information on the contest, please visit the New Society blog.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Finding an independent bookstore just got a little easier

FindaBookstore.ca has returned! Bookstores are a vital part of every community, so The Retail Council of Canada has launched this website to make it easier for book lovers to discover and connect with local independent booksellers in their area.

The website itself is very simple to use: just enter an address and it will populate all the independent bookstores nearby. Easy peasy. 

Spread the word and help support independent bookstores by sharing the link on social media. You can follow @RCCCBABook and use the hashtag #findabookstore.

Friday, June 27, 2014

"Social media won't sell your book."

Hilary Davidson, author of Blood Always Tells, was recently a guest editor on The National Post's The Afterword.
During her stint at The National Post, she wrote an interesting article regarding the misconceptions authors have about using social media as a tool to generate sales. She, herself, uses social media regularly (Twitter, mostly). However, she believes that social media isn't the best platform for authors to sell their wares. What she does think social media is good for is building relationships and expanding your social circle. Like she says in the article, the emphasis should be on the social: "It's about connecting, not selling."
What she's saying, essentially, is that social media is a great way to sell yourself. To build your personal brand. It is a way to engage with readers and people in the industry, but you must always be careful of how your online presence is perceived by others.
To read more about what Hilary has to say about social media, check out her article here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

Grumpy Cat Christmas Special - P 2014
Move over, Scrooge and the Grinch. There's another Christmas curmudgeon taking over our televisions this holiday season.
Internet sensation, Grumpy Cat (née Tardar Sauce), has just landed a movie deal with Lifetime! The live-action film, which has been described as "a little Home Alone and a little Die Hard," will be about a 12-year-old girl who can communicate with a pet-store cat. The script will be penned by Tim Hill and Jeff Morris, and shooting is set to begin this summer. The voice of Grumpy Cat, however, is yet to be cast.
Find out more about the forthcoming movie in The Hollywood Reporter.
And if you can't wait til then Grumpy's new book The Grumpy Guide to Life, will be out July 5th. (Source)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#READWOMEN2014 with House of Anansi

Earlier this year, writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh of The Guardian began the #readwomen2014 initiative to bring to light some of the challenges that female writers are still facing in the 21st-century. The hashtag has spread like wildfire since then, and people from all over the world have been sharing their experiences reading books by women using the #readwomen2014 hashtag.

The great folks at House of Anansi decided to start their own #readwomen2014 campaign and they've come up with an amazing contest that gives readers a chance to win every book written by a woman that Anansi publishes in 2014. That's a lot of books! To enter: try to identify all of the women featured in the video above (or as many as you can) and fill out a ballot. Good luck!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

The very witty advice columnist and radio talk-show host Amy Alkon, also known as the Advice Goddess, has recently published a book about modern manners for our post-Emily Post world. In Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck (St. Martin's Press), Alkon combines science with biting humour to answer questions about etiquette in the twenty-first century. Be warned: you won't find anything about correct table set-up or the proper use of various utensils in this book. Instead, Alkon doles out witty advice on how to deal with people who insist on having their cell phones on speaker in public places and how to stop dog walkers from leaving dog poop on your lawn.
Alkon was recently interviewed by Erin Anderssen in The Globe and Mail, in which she asserts that "we now live in societies too big for our brains," which is why we behave badly around strangers. Among other things, she addresses spontaneous phone calls, clipping toenails on public transit, and Web slapping. Read the full interview here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ann Dowsett Johnston and Olivia Lang on CBC Radio's The Enright Files

In an episode of CBC Radio's The Enright Files, host Michael Enright speaks with authors Ann Dowsett Johnston and Olivia Laing about alcohol and its effects. Both Johnston and Laing have recently published books on the subject (Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol and The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, respectively).

Listen to the entire episode here.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Love Letters to the Dead Film Adaptation!!!!

Love Letters to the Dead
Ava Dellaira's critically-acclaimed debut YA novel, Love Letters to the Dead (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill! The book was published April 2014 and follows the story of Laurel, a teenager who is given an assignment by her English teacher: write a letter to a dead person. She chooses to write to Kurt Cobain, who was around the same age as her sister was when she died. But Laurel doesn't stop there. She goes on to write a series of letters to a motley crew of deceased actors, musicians, and icons, through which bits and pieces of her past are revealed.

The producers attached to the project, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, have been involved with various YA book-to-film adaptations, including The Twilight Saga, The Maze Runner and, most recently, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Ava Dellaira will be writing the script.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People Focused Future

Kids today will have grown up always having mobile technology; they are never not connected. This was one on my many take-aways from this TED Talk by Christina Crook. Her book Digital Detox, Rethinking Our Lives Online, which is coming out in November discusses the impact of a technology focused life.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Behind the Scenes with Lonely Planet

I thought I'd share this very cool behind-the-scenes video by Lonely Planet. This video is part of their Amazing Experiences campaign, which aims to inspire people to see the world! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Infographic: Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress Organization Systems

This handy infographic reveals just how libraries classify and organize their books. Whether your library uses the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress system, this visual will help make your search that much easier.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Connect the Dots with the 1000 Dot-to-Dot Series

This was one of my faves from our Fall 2014 sales conference. These aren't your average connect-the-dots activity books. The 1000 Dot-to-Dot series by Thomas Pavitte (Thunder Bay Press) are filled with sophisticated and intricate puzzles that produce beautiful portraits of icons, animals, and cities. SO. MUCH. FUN. But don't take my word for it. See for yourself! This video is mind bending!

Friday, May 16, 2014

WORN: Not Your Typical Fashion Magazine

The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, and History of What We Wear (Drawn & Quarterly) is 400 gorgeous pages of the Canadian magazine's best content from its first 14 issues, curated by WORN's founder and editor-in-chief Serah-Marie McMahon. Check out the video below to see why WORN is not your typical fashion magazine.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Sh*t Rough Drafts Book Trailer

This trailer for Sh*t Roush Drafts by Chronicle Books is awesome! The book is a collection of works that use imagination and humour to imagine scenarios in which classic works are derailed!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Rainbow Rowell In Conversation With Elaine Lui!

I can't tell you how excited I am about this opportunity to see one of my favourite authors! Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl annd Landline will be at The Toronto Public Library May 8th, 7pm Northern District Branch. Be there or be square!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The YA Reading Experience

Cory Doctorow and William Campbell Powell, author of one of the best reads this season, Expiration Day, share some very interesting insights on the YA reading experience. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this video so I am sharing it. Have a look!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Joy of Reading a Magical Book!

If I Were a Book will bring the sense of wonder alive for readers and that's why I love it. Let your imagination go wild! This was my fave book of the season. You can download an awesome poster for this book for free here!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Video of the Week!

Artist Steve Powers is decorating the Strand Bookstore in New York City! His book A Love Letter to the City by Princeton Architectural Press is one of my Dewey picks this season. It is an awesome work which brings communities together through art.

Friday, April 18, 2014

All About Chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!

There are so many things I didn't know about chocolate! Here is a short interview with author of The Chocolate Tasting Kit, Eagranie Yuh. We were very LUCKY to have Eagranie at our sales conference where we did a chocolate tasting and I don't think I'll ever look at chocolate the same way again. I will always be mindful to ENJOY it when I eat it! Read the interview here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Joy of Audiobooks

Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling was recently in the NYT and it talks about why audiobooks are a great way to experience a story. We associate the written word with being intellectual as opposed to the spoken word because being able to read and write was a privilege that few enjoyed. Yet, for most of history, literature has been oral. Reading books out loud for oneself and others was an integral part of storytelling. Audiobooks have so much to offer! You can be doing housework, gardening or driving while enjoying a story. The sales of audiobooks has increased in recent years and for good reason. Read about what makes audiobooks a great option for you here

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blunt Moms' First Book Club Pick and Contest

Seven Blunt Moms have picked Love Letters to the Dead as their first book club read. I am excited about this as this is one of my Dewey picks this season. Need another reason to check out this blog? Well, you have the chance to win a basket of awesome titles worth over $250 by Raincoast Books Have a look here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fantastic Read for Kids!

The National Post has an awesome new video review feature. This one is for children's books and it includes The Most Magnificent Thing (one of my Dewey picks...natch) by award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires! Editor Mark Medley talks about why this book will inspire kids to cultivate their talents! A fantastic read for you and the kids! You can watch the review here

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mourning Local Bookstores

Mourning Local Bookstores on the blog, The Casual Optimist, talks about how independent bookstores can continue to survive as literary and cultural centers despite the challenges that the book industry is facing. The recent closure of a few Toronto bookstores recently, such as the Cookbook store, the Annex location of Book City and the Bloor West Village Chapters is disheartening. Moreover, Toronto has not followed the trend in New York of relocating bookstores in more affordable areas. This article has some great insights into some of the struggles that independent bookstores are facing right now. Have a look here

Friday, April 4, 2014

NOW Magazine's "Must-Read List"

Gender Failures appears in NOW Magazine's "Must-Read List" this week. It is described as "sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious" and is a terrific read! Don't miss the book launch with a multimedia stage show at the Gladstone on April 23rd 2014. You can see the details here.

In Arsenal Pulp Press book launch news, Vivek Shraya will be launching God Loves Hair at the Gladstone Hotel on April 8th. A great group of writers including Farzana Doctor and Brian Francis will also be reading from the book! Check out the details here!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Issues of Representation in Books

One of the biggest wonders of reading is that we can empathize with the characters and feel the story. What happens, however, when the books that we read do not represent us? How are we to relate to them? In this New York Times article, Where Are the People of Color in Children's Books? Walter Dean Myers talks about issues of representation in literature: "Of 3,200 children's books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people..." Books are about shared experiences, yet the stories that are published tend to exclude people based on economic strata and race. The piece articulates why representation is so important in the works that are published today. This article has really stuck with me...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Must Read Spring Titles by Kids Can Press!

Here is an overview of Kids Can Press' Spring releases...enjoy!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Movies R Fun!

A read aloud that is entertaining for YOU and the kids! (Not really...this is ABSOLUTELY not for kids.) Movies R Fun by Josh Cooley.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Welcome to Littlewing

Shotgun Lovesongs is a story of how close-knit friendships evolve between four friends in Little Wing. Author of Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick said: "Nickolas Butler ripped my heart out with rare honesty and good old-fashioned unapologetic love."...WOW! Shotgun Lovesongs is the #1 pick on the Indie Next Great Reads List  and highly recommended by Shelf Awareness. This is one of my Dewey Picks this season. It's a fab read!

Monday, March 17, 2014

I Didn't Do My Homework Because...

Peter MacDougall, Director of National Accounts at Raincoast Books, takes a break from doing his "homework" by posing for a photo to celebrate Chronicle Books new kid's picture book I Didn't Do MyHomework Because... by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud.
Today's Excuse- I didn't do my homework because... I gave my pencils to Robin Hood.View all of our I Didn't Do My Homework Because... photos here: http://tinyurl.com/ididntdomyhomework

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Creative Process and Alcoholism

This is a great book review of The Trip to Echo Spring in the NYT written by Laing who has been chosen for the 2014 writer's residency at the British Library's Eccled centre for American Studies. It is a perceptive piece on renowned writers John Cheever, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Carver and their drinking habits. "There is much to learn from Laing's supple scholarship   and much to enjoy, too, in her obvious passion and engagement."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

DK Contest

Great chance to win a 3-D library! You only have to sign up for the DK Newsletter! If you are already a subscriber, simply enter the contest. The deadline is March 14, 2014, 6pm EDT! Enter contest here

Marrying Libraries

Who knew that consolidating book shelves could be one of the biggest challenges in a marriage? Anne Fadiman's essay, Marrying Libraries, discusses that exact challenge! You can read the full piece here. Her book Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader  is a collection of essays that will resonate with anyone who takes pride in their book collection.  

Friday, March 7, 2014

New Owlkids Award

The Owlkids Award is an exciting new award by Owlkids and the Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Teachers and teacher-librarians who are using inquiry-based learning in their classrooms can apply for this award. The grand prize is a gift certificate of  $1500 to be used at a Canadian bookstore or a Canadian book wholesaler of the winner's choice! Two runners-up will receive a $250 gift certificate each! The deadline for the award is March 28th so spread the word for this awesome award! You only have to wait till early May for the winners to be announced!  Complete submissions information is available here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Scalzi's Award-winning novel to become a TV series!

This article brings exciting news! The witty sci-fi novel, Redshirts, which won the 2013 Hugo Award, is being adapted into a TV series that will be aired on FX! One of the reasons to look forward to this TV show is the fact that Ken Kwapis who worked on “He’s Just Not That Into You”, “The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants” and the finale of “The Office” will be working on the first episode. I am eagerly waiting to see the magic that Redshirts will create on screen!