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This weekend is supposed to be not-rainy here in Vancouver -
a very rare thing indeed in the winter. I am going to have to make time
to go for a walk along the dyke at Boundary Bay Park. You wouldn’t
belive the birds that populate that park this time of year -
bald eagles, golden eagles, blue herons and all sorts of birds from the duck family
The only one that comes to mind at the moment is a bufflehead (see above).
Isn’t that a great name for a bird?
Not to make you jealous or anything but the Witch Hazel is in bloom – spring may be on
its way. Have a great weekend!
I don’t know about you, but I am loving the controversy surrounding Raziel Reid’s
When Everything Feels Like the Movies. It’s been nominated for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary
Award for Children’s Literature and is going to be featured on CBC’s Canada Reads competition in March.
Just when things were already looking up, the best thing that could happen to a book (or any piece of art)
happened: a public figure deemed it inappropriate for the public to commend. In this case, the public is
our fragile youth. Words like “vulgar” and “values-void” and (the best yet) “petition against” are popping
up in my inbox everyday in relation to this book. The best part of it all is that it’s appearing as publicity
The spark that lit the fire was Barbara Kay’s review in the National Post who says, “the
“authentic” narcissism of queer/transgender identity exempts one from the obligation to mature. I’d not have
wasted tax dollars on this values-void novel.” This led to the petition to revoke the Governor General’s Award
for Literature from Raziel Reid.
In response, Arsenal Pulp Press‘ Brian Lam says, “[Reid's] book is a painful yet accurate depiction of youth culture
today, and anyone who thinks otherwise is living with his or head in the ground.”
Call me crazy but haven’t we proved over the years that trying to repress art is the quickest way to make it
not only popular but also cherished for years to come?
I’m just praying for the book to get banned somewhere, then we will cement its existence for all eternity.
No we are not talking about the rivalry between Eugenie Bouchard
and Maria Sharapova! I ran into Orca author Michelle Mulder today and we
chatted a bit about her new book in the Orca Footprints series Trash Talk.
Coming in April the book looks at the history of garbage from the ancient
Minoan trash pits to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and investigates ways
people are dealing with trash all over the world. Thankfully things in Victoria
are improving. From 1908 to 1958, city workers loaded all of Victoria’s
garbage onto barges and dumped it in the ocean. The tide washed it back to shore
and beach users had to carry rakes with them to clear places to sit on the sand.
9781459806924 ages 8-12
We’re well into winter here in Vancouver, and though it’s certainly not as cold
as many Canadian cities, it sure is gloomy out. This weekend I decided to cheer
myself up by heading out for margaritas at my favourite local place, El Caminos.
I had such a great time, I decided that this week I’ll try out a few recipes from a
book from one of our new publishers, Sellers.
500 Mexican Dishes
by Judith M. Fertig
9781416207870| Price: $19.95
We’re deep into January and the Toronto office realized that we haven’t exactly been living up to
our “New Year, New You” resolutions. So we decided to bring back the Ampersand Health Hustle,
(now renamed “Ampercise”) and climb up 10 flights of stairs – twice. This is sadly, the result.
We almost lost a soldier in battle. We’re happy to report that his condition is stable
and that he only suffered a minor loss of ego.
Just got my sample of Forgotten English A Daily Calendar of
Vanishing Vocabulary and Folklore from Sellers Publishing.
My favourite words thus far:
glottened - suprised; startled; quafftide - time of drinking;
paper stainer - an author or clerk in contempt; daint -
delicate, elegant; anparsy also termed parsy-and - &!
This weekend I went to check out the new show at the VAG, to see their new
It was awesome! Now I can’t wait to dig into our office copy of A History of
Art in Twentieth Century China, by Lu Peng.
A History of Art in 20th Century China
by Lu Peng (05/27/15)
9788881587797| Charta| Artbook/DAP
Paperback | Price: $180.00
Ok, I know. We all have to make a living. Most of
the time that is a great thing as I love my job. The
only time that gets in the way is when I am part way
through a book I really, really like. I started my ARC of
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
(978-1-250-05480-7, $31.50, Macmillan)
and it is so captivating I can’t wait to go home and read. I don’t want
to do chores, cook, return calls, talk to anyone; I just want to read my
You know how it is when you are grabbed by a book and are totally swept
up into that world? That’s me at the moment. Plus, not only is it a good
read but it is a great book story as well. The author made multiple handmade,
hand-aged, hand-bound copies of her manuscript to send out to publishers.
I will quote her here:
“When submitting The Book of Speculation for publication, I faced a problem. I
needed to convey the magic of a very old book, a seductive power that leads my
librarian protagonist, Simon, down the rabbit hole of a family curse. The solution was
both obvious and ridiculous: I’d replicate Simon’s experience and create a book as
alluring as the one he receives, something with pictures, letters, and tarot cards. I had to
make books. In teaching myself bookbinding, I fell down my own rabbit hole of needles,
drills, tea staining, illustration, gilding, and more paper dust than one person should
I am positive the finished book is going to be a thing of beauty. The tale in The
Book of Speculation reminds me in a way of The Night Circus; and not just the story but
the way it makes me feel. When I finished The Night Circus I wanted to read it again immediately.
I have an odd feeling that I will want to do the same with this book.
Check out Erika’s blog erikaswyler.tumblr.com and her
baking Tumblr ieatbutter.tumblr.com (too yummy for words!)
Have a great weekend!
Here’s a funny little joke that’s making its way around Emailverse. I thought I’d share it with you.