Monday, August 31, 2009

Going away to School

Today is Carissa's last day before going away to school. Wish her the best if you see her!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Author Drop Ins!

Jowi Taylor author of Six String Nation was just here and signed the copies that we had left in store. Random Author Drop Ins Rule!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Who knew it was "wildly popular vampire fiction writers recommend Suzanne Collins" day

Who knew it was wildly-popular-vampire-fiction-writers-recommend-Suzanne-Collins-day? (Thanks @ScholasticCda for the snappy title)

Both Stephenie Meyer (Twilight books) and Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood books) have recommended Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series today. Just FYI - No vampires in The Hunger Games. ;)

From Stephenie Meyer's website:
I also got an early look at a book I've been eagerly awaiting: Catching Fire, the sequel to Suzanne Collins' phenomenal The Hunger Games. It not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as The Hunger Games, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you've already suffered with them. Suzanne takes the story places I wasn't expecting, and she's never afraid to take it to very hard places. Stunning. You won't sleep when you're reading this one. It hits shelves September 1st. I suggest beginning in the early morning and clearing your calendar for the day.

From Charlaine Harris' website:
People have been talking about Suzanne Collins’s THE HUNGER GAMES, and with good reason. It’s classified as a YA novel, but there’s plenty here to keep adults interested, I can testify. In Collins’s world, a post-apocalyptic America, teen children are harvested from each of twelve districts every year to participate in the Hunger Games. Food is primary source of concern in Panem, scarce and doled out by the government. Whoever wins the Hunger Games gets food for himself/herself and the family for life. How do you win? By killing all the other contestants. It’s very like “Survivor,” but for real. A different venue with a different landscape is picked each year, and the government throws in different twists to affect the outcome: torrential rain, the drying up of water sources, planted explosives, etc. Katniss and Peetya, the teens who are chosen from the coal-producing region, are at a great disadvantage, but due to Katniss’s cleverness they contrive to have an edge. This is a great book, and very thought-provoking. Read this along with your teen and discuss it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Author Reading - Soren Bondrup-Nielsen

Soren Bondrup-Nielsen was born in Denmark and at thirteen immigrated to Canada with his family. He is currently a professor in the Biology Department at Acadia University where he teaches Ecology and Conservation Biology he is author of A Sound Like Water Dripping: In Search of the Boreal Owl and a memoir, Winter On Diamond.will be reading from his new book August 27, 2009 at 4pm.

From the Publisher:
With enthusiasm and sincerity biologist Soren Bondrup-Nielsen recalls his experience as a graduate student in the 1970s researching the Boreal Owl in northern Ontario and Alberta. After receiving his B.Sc. in the spring of 1974, Bondrup-Nielsen travels by train to Kapuskasing to begin his study of this tiny, elusive species, cousin to the Tengmalm’s Owl of Scandinavia. Though initially dissuaded by his supervisor, the author sets about recording the owl’s call and locating individual territories. On cross-country skis, pulling a toboggan of supplies, Bondrup-Nielsen begins his first field season with reason for optimism, recording two distinct calls and being struck in the head by a male Boreal within his first week.