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Tomorrow we head into Sales Conference to learn about
the new books for the Fall season. I am starting to get
excited because of all the new books! It is like Christmas
as I’ve said before. Nothing makes me happier than a
new list of books to read, new authors to discover and
deciding which to read first. I’ll let you know what some
of the highlights are next week.
Have a great weekend,
As the reps are gearing up for the Fall 2015 sales conference, I am gearing down from organizing
it all. Next week everyone will be at the Richmond office, meeting and greeting the publishers,
eating lots of free food and learning about new books coming out. I will be here in the Toronto
office with one of my coworkers, and I don’t know how to put this but…we’ll find a way to keep
ourselves busy while everyone’s gone.
I love my Polestar Business Calendar. I like to write things down – it helps me remember
I really do have to do them. I also enjoy crossing them off! It gives me a sense of accomplishment.
I do not feel the same satisfaction ticking things off in a digital mode. The other thing I really love
about the Polestar Business Calendar is the weekly quotation. This week’s quotation is:
“ Everything is blooming most recklessly: if it were voices of colours, there would be an unbelievable
shrieking into the heart of the night.” Rainer Maria Rilke.
It is a perfect description of our incredible west coast spring.
Holy smokes, you guys, it’s almost time for sales conference! Starting this Saturday,
we’ll all have our butts parked in conference room chairs so we can take notes all about
new titles publishing for Fall 2015. It’s exhausting, but so exciting to hear about new
books. Plus the food is pretty great!
When you read this, I will have been on vacation for a week.
Nothing earth shattering, I will have been doing some spring
cleaning, decluttering and just organizing my life a bit.
Always a good thing to do, with a great feeling of satisfaction
when it is completed. That said, I will have also managed to
squeeze in a visit to friends who live a ferry ride away and I’ll
have met their new puppy Kayla. A great reward for doing
the hard stuff. Here’s a picture of Kayla, I can’t wait to see her
in real life:
Have a great weekend.
I attended a Chinese wedding feast on the weekend. The meal consisted of 11
courses! It is traditional for the couple to have jokes played on them by friends a
and guests at the wedding. As all the jokes were in Mandarin I wasn’t able to follow much.
Except one - an apple is tied by a string to a long pole and dangled between the couple who
have to work together to bite the apple together. Just as they about to bite it is pulled away
much to the general amusement of the crowd. Eventually they succeed – to great cheers from
Spring is in full bloom here in Vancouver, and I’m considering an overhaul of my
patio area. I’n not a great gardener by any means, but looking at dreamy
landscapes, and lush gardens is so inspiring!
Beautiful Country Gardens
by Staub, Jack ; Cardillo, Rob (02/15/13)
9781423621089 | Gibbs Smith | RAI
Cloth | Price: $65.00
There is a book coming this September that I am very excited about;
it is the book I most want to read this year. The title is Furiously Happy:
A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson.
Jenny’s first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True
Memoir is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It made me laugh
so hard, I laughed my cat right off my lap. That said, it also made me cry
as Jenny didn’t shy away from talking about serious things too. Her new
book is about what it is like to struggle with mental illness and personality
disorder. On her recent blog post (check out The Bloggess if you haven’t
done so) she talks about how difficult it is to talk about the taboo subjects
of mental illness, self-harm and personality disorders but also how important
it is to talk about them. To quote her “…it shows people that laughter and joy can
come from chaotic bizarreness.” She goes on to say that most people who
read her first book didn’t have mental illness but that they still loved the book,
and that if we laugh at bad things, they become easier to deal with.
Bring it on Jenny!
Furiously Happy : A Funny Book About Horrible Things
On Sale Date: September 22, 2015
Flatiron Books (Raincoast)
Have a great weekend!
April is National Poetry Month and the theme for this year is food. If you have followed this blog
you will have noticed by now that the Ampersand offices are passionate about two things: books
and food. So having being inspired by this Quill & Quire article I’ve decided to contribute to National
Poetry Month by writing this haiku about one of my favourite foods. Enjoy.
Drumsticks meaty, sauce.
Blue cheese dressing, crunchy bite.
Finger licking good.
Photographing hummingbirds is difficult. I can attest to it!
Hummingbirds like my porch. Fairly regularly they fly in and have to
be caught – usually with a strainer and a large piece of cardboard to cover it.
My wall calendar also works. Here is a photo of the hummingbird that flew in
this weekend. After getting over the shock of his capture he did fly away.
But I don’t think this is his best angle. For some great photos of
hummingbirds check out The Complete Book of Hummingbirds
by Tony Tilford published by Thunder Bay Books and distributed by
Raincoast. It’s full of spectacular photos of “jewels in flight!”