Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, from the Staff at Chat Noir Books.

Hunter by Dan Bilodeau

If you picked up a copy of todays Speaker you might have seen the write up on Dan Bilodeau's new Novel "Hunter". Yes we are one of the two local Bookstores mentioned in the article where you can buy his new book, and you will find him in our Murder and Mystery section.

If you haven't had a chance to read the Speaker you might not know that Dan is a former resident of Haileybury, who now lives in Ottawa.

This is Dan's first Novel and it is set in "the heart of the boreal forest" of Northern Ontario.

"A fast-paced suspense thriller, Hunter is the story of the instinct that is man’s will to survive and the transformation and affirmation that will inevitably lead a group of seven men to choose whether they will be the hunter—or the hunted."

A group of seven hunters, including two Americans, embark on a hunting expedition during which their courage, loyalty, sanity, and humanity will be put to the test in a desperate struggle for survival. Haunted by their father’s mysterious disappearance on the very same grounds twenty years before, Canadians Dave and Mark Barrows lead the expedition in hopes of confronting their past and conquering their demons. One by one, as members of their crew go missing, they begin to discover that they are not alone in the woods and that the horror surrounding them bears a past of its own. Nameless, a ruthless killer is watching—studying their every move and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Trapped in the woods, a transformation takes place within the hearts and souls of each member of the group as they become entangled in a web of murder, suspicion, and betrayal. It is only after they uncover a dark secret that they begin to understand not only their enemy, but also the much larger implications and happenings deep in the forest of Lake Marlow.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 Book Three!!!

SEPTEMBER 23, 2008

Christopher Paolini, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eragon and Eldest, the first two books in his Inheritance series, will write an additional, fourth novel about his hero Eragon, it was announced today by Nancy Hinkel, Publishing Director of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Originally planned as a trilogy, Inheritance will now include four complete novels written by Paolini and be named the Inheritance cycle.

Canada by the Book

Chat Noir Books is pleased to be taking part in Canada by the Book!
Watch out for the flyer in the Temiskaming Speaker and stop by the store to see the featured books or check out!

What is Canada by the Book?
The Association of Canadian Publishers, in conjunction with the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Booksellers Association, is executing a retail initiative that will effectively promote Canadian books and the bookstores that support them. Canada by the Book is exclusively available to Independent book retailers across Canada. This project aims to increase traffic in participating bookstores and to increase the sales of Canadian books. Canada by the Book features books from a wide range of Canadian publishers on specific themes. For the fall/winter season, our display will combine a delectable array of cookbooks and cocktail books with gorgeous, artfully designed coffee table books and gift books. For decades, Canadian publishers have published the highest quality of literary fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, gift books and children’s books. The current display illustrates our unique market position and the variety of books available in the Canadian market. We believe that, if given a choice, the Canadian population would often choose to support the independent Canadian publishing industry. Therefore, this project strives to create awareness for our members, their books and the bookstores they are sold in. The ACP gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, through the BPIDP program, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Albus Dumbledore comes out.

Yes the Master Wizard, Albus Dumbledore happens to be gay. The news is spreading on the net like wildfire, putting a sparkle in the eye of every Harry Potter fan fiction writer out there. The question is, does it take away anything from the Harry Potter book series? In my opinion, no. I don't think it takes anything away, in fact I think if anything, it adds to the original story by helping to make Dumbledore seem more human and to make the conflict between Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald, more interesting and more tragic. Read more

Removing GST from Books

Here is a bit of news for book lovers everywhere, the Canadian Booksellers Association(CBA) has been trying to get our government to remove the GST from books for years now. I guess they have a meeting with the Honourable Jim Flaherty in
Ottawa on October 30 to discuss a number of industry concerns, including removal of GST from books. So cross your fingers folks, and wish them luck!

Monday, October 22, 2007

He was here.

Stuart McLean stopped in for a quick break today. They had coffee and signed some books for some very excited customers. I'm so happy we had some stock on hand! Thanks again for popping by!

Stuart McLean

Okay - So it is 12:15 on Monday Oct 22 and Mr.McLean will be here in around an hour.... They called us about 15 minutes ago and are on their way through the area. They're going to be just "popping by" if you happen to be here there's a chance for a signed copy......

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Money Talk

People have been asking about the book prices in light of the dollar. I'll let Cszego from Bakka elaborate.I couldn't say it better in brief - Thanks Cszego.

If you like reading random blogs I highly recommend the Bakka blogg - they crack me up some days.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

We missed him Again

Sorry folks but Mr.Mclean will not be stopping by the store today for a book signing. Unfortunately the tour Manager could not convince the crew to take Hwy 11 to Timmis, but the good news is we are now on their radar! Hopefully next time Stuart McLean is in our area we can convince him to stop for a chat and some Java.

Friday, October 12, 2007

MTG Tournament

Sunday Oct 21 at 11:00am we will be hosting a MTG Tournament.

This is will be a good chance for people new to the game to meet new players, and get some advice on decks from old players.

For more informantion please drop into the store and ask for Paul.

Magic The Gathering Lorwyn

New Lorwyn Magic the Gathering playing Cards in stock!

We have Fat packs, Tournament packs, and Booster packs all for sale in the store.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Selected by an esteemed jury panel comprised of author and 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner David Bergen, author Camilla Gibb and author, poet and artist Lorna Goodison, the five finalists were chosen from a record 108 books submitted for consideration by 46 publishing houses from every region of the country. The winner will be revealed on November 6. Congratulations to all the finalists.

Elizabeth Hay for her novel
Late Nights on Air

Michael Ondaatje for his novel Divisadero

Daniel Poliquin for his novel
A Secret Between Us

M.G. Vassanji for his novel
The Assassin’s Song

Alissa York for her novel

Friday, October 5, 2007

Temiskaming Shores In Season

Kelly Ouimet was in this morning and handed me her first issue of "Temiskaming Shores In Season Magazine". If you haven't heard, there is a new resource for news for our area; Arts & Entertainment, Fashion & Beauty, Outdoor & Recreation are just a few of the topics that will be covered in "In Season". The Magazine is free and can be picked at locations all over Temiskaming Shores, including here at Char Noir Books!

So get out and get your copy and find out what is happening in your area!

The 2007 CBC Literary Awards

Here is your chance to get your work out there, but you need to act soon since the submissions deadline is fast approaching!

The CBC Literary Awards are open to all Canadian writers, both professional and
amateur, and you are invited to put your talent to the test and participate in
the 2007 CBC Literary Awards. All entries must be sent by November 1st

Courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, there is a first prize of
$6,000 and a second prize of $4,000 in all three categories in English
and French, for a grand total of $60,000. In addition, CBC/Radio-Canada
will offer broadcast visibility to the winners and their winning
entries, and they will be published in Air Canada's enRoute magazine,
which reaches up to a million readers from Canada and abroad.

The CBC Literary Awards is the only literary competition that celebrates
original, unpublished works, in Canada's two official languages. There
are three categories - short story, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Each year the CBC Literary Awards fosters literary talent across the
country. Past winners include Michael Ondaatje, Susan Musgrave, Jacques
Godbout, and Arlette Cousture.

For more information, visit or call
1-877-888-6788 (toll-free).

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Black Hole

There is a Black Hole in Northern Ontario.
It is located somewhere between North Bay and New Liskeard. This Black Hole sucks in and captures shipments of books. I'm sure it also likes other kinds of shipments, but really, I'm most concerned about the books. I have noticed in my travels that it normally takes somewhere in the neighbourhood of an hour and a half to get from North Bay to New Liskeard when I drive it. However, if I am waiting for an order to arrive there is a mysterious delay that occurs in this area. Things get to North Bay and then disappear......... Sometimes, they come back days later...... sometimes, after they've been to Timmins in the meantime.... Sometimes, they are gone forever.......