Monday, November 30, 2009

A Perfect launch for Perfect Red

A little cheesy, maybe, but Thursday's Toronto launch for Perfect Red: The Life of Paraskeva Clark by Jane Lind really was a great success. We took over Libby’s Fine Art Gallery, filling every floor with fans, friends, and family of both the artist and the author. Nicholas Hoare came by to sell books, Jane to sign them, and a great time was had by all.

Jane Lind and Cynthia at the signing table

A view of the crowd

As you can see, it was a full house. Everyone was excited to hear Jane talk about Perfect Red, and to be surrounded by so many beautiful examples of Paraskeva Clark’s art. Thanks to all who could join us!

 From the outside looking in

A happy Jane

One more for the road

And for those who couldn't be there, here is a video of John and Jane's speeches:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Review of Valentine's Fall

A shout out to David Kidney over at the Green Man Review for his great take on Cary Fagan's Valentine's Fall. According to David, "Fagan's writing is crisp, vivid, always enjoyable."

Read the rest of the review here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Canada Counts reviewed by The Globe & Mail Online

Something to write home about.

Peter Scowen of Globe Books has selected Canada Counts as their illustrated book of the week. According to Mr. Scowen,

"Children will be learning to count with the help of the unique and defiantly nationalistic vision of one of the country's great modern artists."

You can read the rest of the review here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Words To Go


Author Carole Giangrande hosts WORDS TO GO, a podcast showcase for up-and-coming writers, great reads and the spoken word.

If you’re a listener who’d love a few quiet moments with a story well told, join us.

If you’re reading something great, tell us why it grabs you — and we’ll tell the world!

Here’s how to connect and listen:

Check out the podcast at

(Google may list it as "under construction," but click on it anyway -- it works!)

...and if you’d like to subscribe(it’s free):

click on RSS on the left side of the podcast page.

Be a fan on Facebook: read about submitting work, and post your good reads. Our page is “Words To Go Podcast.”

Coming Soon: a new website with a podcast link.

Review of The Heart Specialist

Huge thanks to Linda Ellen over at Bambi Reads, who attended Claire Holden Rothman's reading at Point Claire Library in Montréal and wrote up a fantastic review of The Heart Specialist:

"I may be biased in saying this because I am very much a Montrealer who also happens to be attending McGill, but The Heart Specialist is the best literary novel I’ve read thus far."

You can read the rest of the review (and a summary of the reading) here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Reviews of 'Because I Have Loved and Hidden It' and 'Valentine's Fall'

Aloha everyone! We've got two great reviews for you folks to check out.

First up is a review of Elise Moser's Because I Have Loved and Hidden It, from Quill & Quire:

"Moser’s Montreal is unusually well-realized, with geographic references that go beyond mere signifiers and instead vividly reflect the city for those of us who don’t know it well"

Read the rest of the review
Read a preview of Because I Have Loved and Hidden It

And here's a review for Cary Fagan's novel Valentine's Fall in The Globe and Mail:

"Fagan has a completely easy and fluid style, and he controls the narrative so as to create suspense ..."

Read the rest of the review
Read a preview of Valentine's Fall